Neal Schon explained that the drama over the past years with Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is long in the past. Schon's latest solo set, Universe, features tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and includes an instrumental version of Journey's “Lights.” Schon revealed to Rolling Stone that the first single from the band's latest album — which was recorded separately during the pandemic — would be out by mid-February.
Schon and Cain, who disagreed more about Cain's political and religious leanings than anything musical, have found a newfound understanding within their relationship: “We found out that there was a lot of miscommunication that I felt was coming from management. The divide-and-conquer situation was going on. They were saying I said things that I didn’t say. I heard it had happened with other bands from guitar techs that I had been with. It was happening in the Van Halen camp between Eddie (Van Halen) and Sammy (Hagar). I was just like, 'I’m seeing the same scenario.' Once we got past all the crap and we talked everything out, we found out that a lot of it was just B.S. and we were actually good. Him and I are still very tight as songwriters. There’s still magic there. He’s still creating amazing music, even without me, but us together, we create something that really sounds like Journey.”
Schon shed light on how he and Cain come up with Journey's material: “He usually starts from music, melody, and piano. I start from a rocking track. There’s a lot of melody on the new songs we’ve been laying down.”