While Journey fans are celebrating the group's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, no one's forgetting that it's been more than five and a half years since the release of the group's last new album, 2011's Eclipse.
So we checked in with guitarist Neal Schon about the prospects for something fresh from the band, soon:
"I do feel that we need to...If we can't get on the same page as a band to do new music...I know Arnel (Pineda) is champing at the bit. So am I -- always, as you know. If it's not happening with Journey I'm in the studio doing something else for myself. But I feel we should at least do, from here, out, one song to two songs a year, new songs, even if we just release them as singles and get in a movie or something with it, just to keep things moving forward."
Journey's Rock Hall induction takes place April 7 in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, Journey returns to the road in February for a Japanese tour playing its Escape and Frontiers album in their entirety. A North American tour next spring includes a nine-date May residency at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.