Three-fifths of Journey‘s current lineup — guitarist Neal Schon, singer Arnel Pineda and drummer Steve Smith — have recorded a cover of the 1983 Police song “Synchronicity II” for an upcoming album to benefit the Rock Against Trafficking charity. You can check out a video for the track at Schon’s social media sites and Vimeo.com.
Schon, Pineda and Smith recorded the tune at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Neal co-produced and arranged the track with Garry Miller, the veteran British producer and musician who launched the Rock Against Trafficking campaign.
The new version of “Synchronicity II” runs seven-and-a-half minutes and is highlighted by Pineda’s soaring vocals and extended guitar solos by Schon. The video features performance footage of the Journey band mates, enhanced by colorful animated graphics.
The “Synchronicity II” cover is one of a series of new versions of songs by The Police and Sting that will be featured on the upcoming Rock Against Trafficking benefit album. The charity uses music and the arts to help raise awareness of the global issue of human trafficking.
According to Billboard.com, other musicians who have recorded tracks for the album include Heart, Julian Lennon, ex-Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson, Paul Carrack and late Free bassist Andy Fraser. In addition, Carlos Santana has signed on to contribute to the project.
Schon, Pineda and Smith currently are taking part in Journey’s recently launched co-headlining tour with Def Leppard. Check out all of the trek’s upcoming dates at JourneyMusic.com.
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Source: Classic Rock News