Journey announces Neil Schon as opener on Canadian tour

Journey founding member Neil Schon will pull double duties when the "Don Stop Believin'" hitmakers launch their Canadian tour leg next month. The veteran Journey guitarist will also serve as opening act in support of his newly released solo collaboration with keyboard whiz Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Jon Anderson) and ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith, a double album titled Vortex, which was released on June 23 via Music Theories.

According to an article posted June 26 at Ultimate Classic Rock, the prog-rocker has assembled a formidable band of jazz fusion musicians for the solo gigs, including: Rachel Z (keyboards), Jerry Brooks (bass) and Omar Hakim (drums). Hakim will also be putting in a long night as Journey recently hired him to fill in temporarily to replace longtime drummer Deen Castronovo, who was arrested earlier this month and faces charges of misdemeanour assault and menacing.

The ex-Weather Report drummer took over for Castronovo in a baptism of fire, playing his first gig on June 20 in Los Angeles at the 2015 season opening benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl as Journey performed their first ever live show with an orchestra. Hakim's debut was a smashing success with ABC News reporting that the show, which donated all proceeds to benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic, earned a record $1.6 million, earning Journey the honour of notching the highest grossing season opener in the venue's nearly 100 year history.

“I’m very happy I was able to bring Omar Hakim in to help us pull together a very elaborate and complex show at the last minute,” he Schon says in an ABC interview after the concert. “It was a nearly impossible feat, and tall order for anyone, but with Omar’s musical integrity and talent, we pulled it off and had a blast!”

Hakim's next stop with Journey will also be a big show, slated for July 4 in Provo, Utah, at Stadium of Fire. Journey's extensive 16-city coast-to-coast tour of Canada launches July 6 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at MTS Centre and wraps up Aug. 2 in St. John's, Newfoundland, at Mile One Centre.

See below for Journey's 2015 summer North American tour schedule. For all the latest information on Journey, click here.

July 4 Provo, UT - Stadium of Fire
July 6 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
July10 Penticton, BC - South Okanagan Events Centre
July11 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
July 13 Victoria, BC - Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
July 15 Prince George, BC - CN Centre
July 16 Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
July 18 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
July 19 Lethbridge, AB - ENMAX Centre
July 21 Regina, SK- Brandt Centre
July 22 Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
July 25 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
July 26 Kingston, ON - Rogers K-Rock Centre
July 28 Montreal, QC - Centre Bell
July 30 Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
July 31 Dartmouth, NS - Alderney Landing
Aug. 2 St. John's, NL - Mile One Centre
Oct. 22 San Francisco, CA - The Wharfield