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Journey co-founder George Tickner dies. Neal Schon says goodbye

George Tickner, the co-founder of Journey, died. He was 76 years old.

“Journey Junkies, I have some very sad news. GEORGE TICKNER, the original Journey beat guitarist and collaborator on songs on his first three albums, has died. He was 76 years old” Neal Schonco-founder of Journey, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

“Rest in Peace. Dr. George Tickner…you will be greatly missed!” Schon wrote. “Thank you for your unparalleled contributions to Journey’s early years.”

Tickner’s run with the band, known for hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully” and “Separate Ways,” was short-lived. His work with the group produced more of a jazz-prog-rock vibe on their 1975 self-titled album rather than the signature rock anthem that Journey would become known for after Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry joined for a few more years late

“The reason he left Journey was to attend Stanford University on a full scholarship, earning his Ph.D. Fly freely above the stars, sir,” Schon wrote.

“Dear George, ‘Of a Lifetime’ remains one of my favorite songs of all time,” Schon captioned his post. “RIP Brother God Speed.”

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USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Schon for additional comment.

Although Tickner left the group, in its early days, he did not leave the music industry entirely.

He also co-founded a recording studio with Journey bassist Ross Valory called The Hive and was also in the band VTR with Valory and Stevie “Keys” Roseman (who also had a stint with Journey), he has reported. Ultimate classic rock.

Tickner joined Journey during a 2005 reunion for their induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by Ultimate Classic Rock.

Collaborator: Melissa Ruggieri


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