While Journey fans await the band’s upcoming album currently in the works, leader Neal Schon will close out 2020 with Universe — the guitarist’s first solo set in five years.

Schon posted a message to fans on his Instagram page announcing the new album:

Dear friends hope your all having a great weekend. The weathers (sic) been amazing — I’m so ready to play live!!!

If nothing good at all came out of all these months of COVID my chops are up and I’ve learned how to be my own guitar tech lol . . . I’ve learned a lot about what I like. Hope to get back to it next year at some point. Until then I’m going to keep recording new music.

(The) Universe album will become available soon next month and I think you’ll all find it very healing and apropo (sic) for the times / rocking also. Tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, John McLaughlin, and Journey. . . yes Journey with an instrumental version of “Lights” and amazing all original songs written and Produced by Narada Michael Walden — also New Journey music coming after the first of the year.

SIDE NOTES

  • Back in October, Neal Schon spoke about the upcoming Journey album, telling SiriusXM, “I’m really pushing to go for a diverse record, like we did with Escape, that has a lot of different elements to it. We (got) into some heavier R&B-type rock, like a ‘Separate Ways’ kinda vibe. . . We’ll have plenty of time to hang and probably document a lot of the rehearsals so we can have somewhat of a new documentary to put out there with the new record.”

CHECK IT OUT: Neal Schon jamming at home: