Schon proposes during Journey concert
Journey guitarist Neal Schon proposed to girlfriend Michaele Salahi midway through a charity concert at the weekend.
Fan-shot video, below, shows the moment he asked reality TV star Salahi to become his wife, to an accompaniment of piano from bandmate Jonathan Cain.
Their relationship has been mired in controversy after the couple ran away together in 2011 and Salahi’s reality star husband Tareq sued for $50m in damages. The case was later dropped.
In Baltimore, Maryland, during a benefit show for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda invited Salahi on to the stage, gave Schon his microphone and walked off.
Schon asked her to hold the mic and picked up a small box from a nearby amp. With his back to the audience he opened it so only Salahi could see its contents – presumably an engagement ring. She bowed her head to the ground then stepped away, holding her hand to her face.
Having presented the gift he took back the mic, knelt down and said: “Will you marry me? I love you.” She nodded three times then crouched down to kiss him in an embrace that lasted 17 seconds and may have included a brief whispered conversation.
Schon said: “Thank you!” and Salahi threw her arms in the air, embracing him again while Cain brought the keyboard riff up to become the inteo to Journey track Faithfully.
Pineda returned and told the crowd: “She was very nervous,” before shaking Schon’s hand and saying: “Congratulations, man!” then starting into the song, which includes the lyrics: “They say that the road ain’t no place to start a family, right down the line it’s been you and me, and loving a music man ain’t always what it’s supposed to be. You stand by me – I’m forever yours, faithfully.”