In a recent interview with The Real Music Observer’s David Spuria, former Journey vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has sparked renewed interest in his potential collaboration with Neal Schon. Soto’s remarks have ignited speculation about the prospect of future musical projects involving him and the renowned guitarist.
When discussing his current relationship with Schon, Soto expressed a desire for reconciliation and peace:
“I want to leave this world knowing that I’ve made amends with everyone, that there are no unresolved issues. That’s the ultimate goal. It’s the same with Neal. The Journey journey had its rocky moments, but finally, Neal and I have found common ground. We can communicate, we can reach out to each other. We may not be having coffee or dinners, and we’re not resurrecting the band, but we are on good terms, and that’s exactly what I aimed for.”
When asked if he would eagerly collaborate with Schon if he received a call to work together again, Soto responded with enthusiasm:
“Absolutely, without hesitation. I hold Neal in the highest regard as a musician, a songwriter, and a producer. His contributions to music have left an indelible mark — they’ve had a profound impact on my musical journey and influences. I look at Neal, I think about my experiences with Yngwie Malmsteen, and I appreciate the incredible talent and creativity they bring. To me, that’s more thrilling than any personality differences we may have.”
He went on to convey his belief that working with Neal would be an enjoyable experience:
“I don’t concern myself with the differences or divergent paths in our lives. What matters most to me is our shared musical connection, the joy of making music, jamming, and simply having a great time. Music is about happiness, smiles, and pure enjoyment. I would jump at the chance because I know that’s what I’d get from Neal.”
It’s worth noting that Soto had a brief stint with Journey and was initially expected to become the band’s permanent vocalist. During their collaboration, they recorded a single titled ‘Winds Of Freedom.’ However, before they could embark on a full album together, Soto was replaced by the current Journey vocalist, Arnel Pineda.