George Tickner, unique guitarist and co-founder of Journey, dies at 76


Journey is mourning the lack of one in all its unique members. Guitarist George Tickner, who co-founded the rock band in 1973, has died. He was 76.

Lead guitarist Neal Schon introduced his bandmate’s loss of life Tuesday on Fb. Schon, 69, stated Tickner “can be missed immensely!”

“George … thanks for the music. We can be paying tribute to you on this web page indefinitely,” Schon stated in his Fb tribute publish. “Our condolences to his household and pals, and to all of the previous and current band members. So heartbreaking..I feel we have to do a gaggle hug.”

Tickner, who was born in New York on Sept. 8, 1946, was a former rocker with the San Francisco band Frumious Bandersnatch with bassist Ross Valory. In 1973, Tickner and Valory shaped Journey with Schon and drummer Prairie Prince.

Shortly after Journey launched its debut album, “Journey,” in April 1975, Tickner departed the group to “attend Stanford College on full scholarship” to pursue a medical diploma, in keeping with Schon.

Tickner continued to pursue music after his Journey days, establishing the Hive recording studio with Valory. Tickner, Valory and keyboardist Stevie “Keys” Roseman additionally created the band VTR and launched its sole album, “Cinema,” in 2005.

Schon didn’t reveal extra particulars about Tickner’s loss of life, together with a trigger or survivors. He did bear in mind his late bandmate Wednesday with music.

“Some clean Strat to EZzzzzzz your soul. Prayers for George,” Schon captioned an Instagram video of himself enjoying guitar to a gradual tune. The official Journey Instagram account reposted Schon’s video to its story on Thursday.


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