Rock stars pay tribute to Journey, Neal Schon

A swing around the scene in VegasVille, entering a weekend where Dave Chappelle worked in the round at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, Canelo-Chavez Jr. will work the squared circle at T-Mobile, and Zowie Bowie works hard for the money at Red Rock Resort and also Fremont Street Experience.

From the scene:

Artists riff on Journey

More than a dozen rock stars recorded video messages for Journey, and especially Neal Schon, as the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“A lot to my peers, some great guitarists, have expressed congratulations to myself and the band. A lot,” Schon said Wednesday during a sit-down at 35 Steaks + Martinis at Hard Rock Hotel, advancing the band’s nine-show residency at the Joint. “Some good friends of mine, like Joe Bonamassa, who is a one of the greatest guitarists out there, did this video. It was really amazing. That really kicked my ass when I saw it.”

The clip was stitched by rock journalist Adam Reader, also known as the Professor of Rock, and posted to YouTube. It opens with Schon’s mentor, Carlos Santana, saying, “I call Neal ‘The Vortex.’ … He makes people feel what he is feeling, immediately.” Schon has actually issued a solo album of that title.

Those who paid tribute included Sammy Hagar (busy “farming” in Florida), Kenny Loggins, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Steve Lukather and David Paich of Toto, Brenden Urie of Panic! At the Disco, Bonamassa, and the swashbucklers of Generation AxeSteve Vai, Yngwie Malmstein, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.

Many of these rock stars spoke to Schon’s melodic exploration on guitar. “He can plug in and play for three days without repeating himself,” Hagar said. “You have to keep the recorder going at all times, because he ain’t gonna repeat it.”

Santana, headlining at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, wrapped with this sentiment. “People dance and celebrate during Journey concerts. That’s what you’re supposed to do with your band.”

Moreno’s kickball extravaganza

Mark this one on ye olde calendars: Frankie Moreno is hosting a celebrity kickball tournament at 2 p.m. Memorial Day (May 29) at Symphony Park at the Smith Center. It’s a family friendly scene, and afterward Moreno is heading up a jam session at Cabaret Jazz.

Scheduling quirk

In a scheduling oddity, Clint Holmes opens at the Showroom at Golden Nugget on Thursday night, the same night that the room’s former headliner for six years, Gordie Brown, opens for previews at The Cabaret at Planet Hollywood. Holmes is celebrating his 71st birthday in his return to the Golden Nugget, where he headlined from 1999-2000 before moving to Harrah’s. Brown’s grand opening is a week later, May 16.

Monge at The Space

Column friend Michael Monge debuts “Simply Michael” at the Space on May 12. A classic crooner, Monge moved to Vegas from Boca Raton, Fla., in 2014 after being discovered by Steve Wynn at Boca Bice Italian restaurant and lounge. Monge played two years at Eastside Lounge at Encore resort before the hotel ended the run last fall. He’s since been popping up around town, with shows at the Italian American Club and a recent appearance at Mondays Dark at the Space.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Contact him at Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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