Neal Schon has said he would like Journey to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2023 with a complete retrospective-style tour.
Schon told Rolling Stone, "What I’d like to see happen is not going to happen completely on our 50th, but eventually will, is An Evening With.”
He added, "I see us going back into these arenas and doing pretty much what Rush was doing, playing long shows and incorporating everything we’ve ever done, and using little segments of our early, early material as segues into other songs.”
Schon also said, "It won’t be a cheesy medley, but we’ll get musical with it. I’ve also appreciated bands like Zeppelin and Hendrix and The Who that weren’t locked down to anything from night to night. They were ready to allow things to flow in a very natural way. I’d like to do that and incorporate anything."
A full on 50th anniversary retrospective tour likely can’t fully happen next year since Journey already has 40 dates on the books with Toto.
Schon said, "We’ll play secondary markets and some of the main markets we missed the first time around with Toto... And then we’re planning on going abroad with them.
Schon also said he wants Journey to do a tour with Santana, a group he was an early member of.
Neal added, "I think it’s on the horizon. I’ve been talking to Carlos’ manager... I’m actually pushing for the end of 2023, if we’re in Europe or we come back here, nothing is in cemented, but we’re talking about going over to Europe, playing some large arenas with Toto, since they are very big over there. And then I said, 'Why don’t we add Santana to that bill?'"
Schon left Santana along with Gregg Rolie to form Journey in 1973.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]