Neal Schon, co-founder guitarist of the Grammy-nominated rock band announceD news on facebook“Journey Junkies, I have some very sad news. George Tickner, Journey’s original rhythm guitarist and songwriter on their first three albums, has passed away. He was 76 years old.”
Schon added, “God bless you George…thanks for the music. We’ll be paying homage to you forever on this page. Our condolences to his family and loved ones, to all band members past and present. It’s so heartbreaking. I think we should have a group hug, JJ’s.”
After playing with Ross Valory in the psychedelic rock band Frumious Bandersnatch, Tickner formed Journey with Valory, Schon, and Gregg Rolie in San Francisco in February 1973. Their first public performance was at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco to an audience of 10,000 on New Year’s Eve. Eve, later that year. In 1974, the band teamed up with producer Roy Halee to record their self-titled debut album, which was released in April 1975 and debuted at #138 on the charts.
Due to the band’s busy touring schedule, Tickner left Journey after the record’s release and attended Stanford School of Medicine on a full scholarship to pursue a career in medicine. The Journey would become one of the best-selling rock bands in the world, with timeless hits such as “Don’t Stop Beliving” and “Any Way You Want It” and the best of 25 gold and platinum albums and 15 times platinum RIAA Diamond Certified. hit compilation.
Tickner stayed in touch with the band and later set up a recording studio with Valory called The Hive, where they recorded music with former and current members of Journey, including Schon, who is still the only original member in the band.
In 2005, Tickner was reunited with Journey as the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.