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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09:  Neal Schon attends the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebration on June 9, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Les Paul Foundation)

Neal Schon, “Lady M” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Neal Schon’s baseline is one of torrid invention. But there’s another side to the Journey great, and an advance track for ‘Vortex’ powerfully showcases it.

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Neal Schon’s “El Matador” underscores a musical symbiosis with Steve Smith that lingers from their time together in Journey.

Aptly named Evolution nudged Journey closer to pop: ‘I learned a lot from that situation’

Aptly named Evolution nudged Journey closer to pop: ‘I learned a lot from that situation’

‘Evolution,’ released on April 5, 1979, underscored the hit-making promise that Steve Perry brought to Journey on just his second outing.

Journey began unlikely shift to pop stardom with the arrival of Steve Perry: ‘I welcomed it’

Journey began unlikely shift to pop stardom with the arrival of Steve Perry: ‘I welcomed it’

‘Infinity,’ released on January 20, 1978, saw Journey add Steve Perry. As ‘Feeling That Way/Anytime’ showed, they’d never be the same again.

Journey’s first Top 20 hit was released 35 years ago: ‘Very influenced by the great Sam Cooke’

Journey’s first Top 20 hit was released 35 years ago: ‘Very influenced by the great Sam Cooke’

Issued in September 1979, Journey’s first-ever Top 20 hit found Steve Perry playing a surprising role.

Gimme Five: Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie + Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Send Her My Love,’ ‘Anytime,’ ‘I’ll Be Alright,’ others

Gimme Five: Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie + Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Send Her My Love,’ ‘Anytime,’ ‘I’ll Be Alright,’ others

They offer unique insights into Journey’s first Top 20 single, and one of its last.

‘Just a bit more organic’: After Journey tour, Neal Schon plans another solo project

‘Just a bit more organic’: After Journey tour, Neal Schon plans another solo project

Schon has released as many albums in the last two years as he did in all of the 2000s.

‘We’re all playing at a different level’: Neal Schon at work on three albums with Journey connections

‘We’re all playing at a different level’: Neal Schon at work on three albums with Journey connections

The prospects of another Journey album remain unclear, but that doesn’t mean guitarist Neal Schon is sitting idly by. In fact, he’s working on three projects, all of them with Journey connections.

Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Joe Satriani, others – Concert for Ronnie Montrose (2013)

Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Joe Satriani, others – Concert for Ronnie Montrose (2013)

Whatever the circumstances of his early passing, Ronnie Montrose’s music spoke to larger things — to outer-limits explorations on the guitar, to rafter-rearranging loudness, to fun.

Partial Journey reunions with Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain: Gimme Five

Partial Journey reunions with Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain: Gimme Five

Fans of Journey’s best-known lineups — Gregg Rolie’s free-form 1970s version, and Steve Perry’s arena-ballad 1980s edition — have little hope of seeing any meaningful reunion of these wildly divergent camps.