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Neal Schon Talks Working On New Journey Music

Journey is in the midst of a nine-show residency at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, digging deep into its catalog to make each of the shows slightly different from the others.

But guitarist Neal Schon says he also hopes that the rehearsal time the band has between shows will be used to make some new music and maybe even get a start on a follow-up to 2011's Eclipse:

"I've been trying to get things going. I have a few ideas, just everybody's been in a different place and we haven't gotten together yet. But I bet we could probably put together a couple songs while we're rehearsing in Vegas, so we could at least get a couple new songs out there, maybe get 'em in movies and play some new stuff live. We have so much new material off our last 'Eclipse' record and (2008's) 'Revelation' that we could pull off, too. They're great tunes, y'know?"

Journey will be in Las Vegas through May 16, then takes a break before playing the Hollywood Bowl on June 20 and at America's Freedom Festival -- Provo in Utah on July 4, with a Canadian tour beginning two nights later in Winnipeg. Schon will be releasing a solo album, "Vortex," on May 19.

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.