Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel, was on hand to introduce Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda to the crowd of cheering fans. Smith recognized the band for its current residency at the award-winning entertainment venue, including sold-out shows on Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 16, as well as the property's memorabilia curators, Warwick Stone and Beau Dobney, who masterfully created the display. Afterwards, the band pulled down the curtain to unveil the case and took turns on the mic to explain what memorabilia they chose to showcase including:
* Schon's Paul Reed Smith custom guitar and Jordan Betten-designed leather pants and jacket;
* Cain's sequential circuits "Prophet 5" keyboard used on "Faithfully", "Open Arms" and "Who's Crying Now";
* Valory's early '80s Steinberger bass guitar used mainly for the "Frontiers" album and tour;
* Castronovo's custom DW snare drums used on tours and the "Arrival", "Red 13" and "Generations" albums; and
* Pineda's leather vest, red pants and white Converse sneakers worn during the 2009 "Live In Manila" performance.
The case, located in The Joint hallway, also features iconic items from the band's history including its Hollywood Walk Of Fame star, the plaque Matt Lauer presented to the group during their performance on the "Today" show in recognition of 4.6 million digital song sales of "Don't Stop Believin'", the Hollywood Bowl Hall Of Fame induction award presented to the band this week and much more.
Following the JOURNEY unveiling, Schon led fans to his own display case, which features four custom guitars from his personal collection. Stone addressed the crowd to let guests know that this is the first time Hard Rock Hotel has ever displayed memorabilia that is also available for purchase. The guitars range from $40,000 to $125,000 and if they are bought during JOURNEY's residency, the buyer will get to meet Schon and receive a replica JOURNEY platinum record. Any or all guitars can be seen and played by appointment by calling 702.693.5000.
Produced exclusively by AEG Live, "Journey Las Vegas"'s remaining five shows at The Joint take place on May 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at www.axs.com/journeylasvegas or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact email@example.com.
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