Journey guitarist Neal Schon got Santana fans excited last week with his Facebook post that the Santana IV reunion lineup was just about finished with its new album, and that the group would be going on the road to support it.
It turns out that Schon has even more ambitious plans in mind for that road trek.
He tells us that after a pair of Journey and Santana concerts last year in Mexico, he's hatching plans to involve both bands for the Santana IV tour:
"We'll absolutely tour... and we're moving forward to try to make that happen, a co-headline tour which could be very, very interesting because you can go in a chronological order which would be the early Santana, from Woodstock, before I was in the band. Then it would go, would move to early Journey and do a couple of the progressive tunes we did with Greg Rolie and then go through the rest of the Journey catalog, old and new, all greatest hits and then some of our newer stuff with Arnel (Pineda). And then Santana would come on, the new Santana, and we would play the new record...I don't see a better package out there that is making my eyebrows go up and making people go, 'Yeah, I want to see that.' "
There's no timetable yet for the Santana IV album release and tour, however.
Schon is getting Journey ready for the April 29 start of its residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and he'll be releasing a new solo album, "Vector," on May 19.