Neal Schon isn’t shy about negative press
Journey mainman Neal Schon isn’t upset over his recent tabloid exposure.
In fact, he’s celebrating it – and he’s set to advise would-be reality TV stars on how to deal with the trappings of fame.
The guitarist grabbed headlines in September after he dumped his wife of two months and ran off with former love and reality star Michaele Salahi. Her husband then launched a $50m lawsuit which was last month dismissed in court.
Schon tells Ultimate Classic Rock: “It was a crazy time for me and us. I got a grip on it and I’ve learned to deal with it. The only thing you can do is keep you heard up – and know you’re not doing anything as malicious a they try to make it sound.”
He reflects: “There’s a lot of good stuff that has come out of this. You have your little group of haters, about four of five people and we all know who they are. They have these various names that the go under. If an article comes out on Michaele and I, they’re the first to hit the comments.
“I don’t even bother reading it any more. They need to all get jobs.”
Next month the couple will appear at an event called How To Be a Reality Star in El Paso, Texas. Schon says: “Something in my gut instinct told me this is a good thing to do for the future.”
And he has his own plans, although he won’t reveal them, simply saying: “What I’m working on is not a reality show, but I’m definitely working on something that I think is going to revolutionise the music industry and how young artists come to the forefront.”