Journey’s Neal Schon On His Live Performance With Kirk Hammett

Journey guitarist and vocalist Neal Schon posted a new tweet to reveal his thoughts on sharing the same stage with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett during a recent live show.

In March 2020, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain sued Ross Valery and Steve Smith and fired them. After years of controversy within Journey, the band’s former singer Steve Perry recently filed a lawsuit against Schon and Cain over the trademark registrations of 20 songs. While the feud continued, Journey embarked on their Freedom Tour 2022, which consisted of two shows on October 5 and 6.

Following Smith and Valery’s departure, Randy Jackson and Narada Michael Walden joined the band. The new lineup then started working on a new album. After releasing the single ‘The Way We Used To Be’ on June 24, 2021, Journey went through several lineup changes. The new lineup consists of Schon, Cain, Deen Castronovo, Arnel Pineda, Jason Derlatka, and Todd Jensen. On July 8, 2022, Journey released their fifteenth album ‘Freedom’ and went on a tour to promote it.

Recently, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined Journey during their show on October 6 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the band’s second consecutive show, and the two played Journey’s ‘Wheel In The Sky’ and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ Hammett played the rhythm guitar for the Journey hit, and the band played a snippet of HSAS’ ‘My Hometown’ before transitioning into ‘Enter Sandman.’

In a new tweet, Neal Schon reflected on his performance with Kirk Hammett and expressed his thoughts on sharing the stage with the Metallica icon. Schon said he had a great time with the guitarist during the sold-out Journey show. In the tweet, he also included a photo of himself and Hammett, taken by the rock photographer Erik Kabik. Apparently, it was a great experience for Neal Schon to perform with Kirk Hammett.

Neal Schon’s tweet read:

Had a great time with Kirk Hammett of Metallica last night at the second sold-out Journey show at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. I put together a jam today for ‘Wheel In The Sky’ and ‘Enter Sandman.'”

You can check out Neal Schon’s tweet and watch the performance below.