The son of a woodwind player, Neal himself played the oboe for many years beginning in high school. Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 10. He joined Santana as a teenage prodigy at the age of 15. Schon had famously been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but decided instead to join Santana for the album Santana III. ...show more
The son of a woodwind player, Neal himself played the oboe for many years beginning in high school. Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 10. He joined Santana as a teenage prodigy at the age of 15. Schon had famously been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but decided instead to join Santana for the album Santana III.
Schon also played in Azteca before moving on to form Journey, a group he continues to lead. The late-1970s arrival of Eddie Van Halen quickly eclipsed Schon's bravado, giving rise to a new era of the technically facile rock guitar virtuoso. Nonetheless, Schon has secured a place as a respected and influential blues rock guitarist. Besides numerous albums with Journey, his work also includes a pair of albums with keyboardist Jan Hammer, short-term collaborations with Sammy Hagar (HSAS and Planet Us) and Paul Rodgers, stints with Bad English (which also featured Journey's Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo and Jonathan Cain's former Babys bandmates John Waite and Ricky Phillips) and Hardline (which also featured Deen Castronovo).
Even as Journey's latest lineup plays to a still-faithful body of fans, Schon is immersed in side projects such as Piranha Blues (1999) and "Black Soup Cracker" a funk outfit that features former Prince associates Rosie Gaines and Michael Bland, and most recently Soul SirkUS with Jeff Scott Soto. Neal Schon can be heard on three tracks on Michael Bolton's The Hunger, with the Schon sound most recognizable on "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay". Schon's style can best be characterized as aggressively soulful, taking obvious inspiration from 1960s-era soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blending them with blindingly fast bluesy runs similar to Johnny Winter and Alvin Lee. Schon currently endorses Gibson guitars, and has a signature Les Paul model, but also uses Paul Reed Smith guitars. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Neal Schon
Playlists Containing Tracks by Neal Schon
!1!chill rock playlist
The Love Collection
Funky Jazz & Soul R&B Spring into your Hop No…
Brad's Blues Vol.1
AOR, Westcoast and soft rock
Happy Holidays: Ultimate Christmas
Shred Guitar Masters - Warstream
Revolution From Withing....
BLUES JUKE BOX
Hair Metal Mania (80`s)
100 x ?????
50 Classical Chillout Masterpieces (Album)
Classical music to love and relax
Playlists We Love
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.