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1/29/2010 [Guitars & Basses]

Neal Schon Band Rocks the Rafters at a Special Yamaha Guitars Event

At the recent NAMM music industry trade show, held annually in Anaheim, Calif., Yamaha Guitars hosted a special event for its Rosewood Dealers featuring the Neal Schon Band, which performed on Yamaha instruments at Tortilla Jo's in Downtown Disneyland.

Performances at the Rosewood Dealer Event
Neal (Left) Schon rocks a custom SBG1000. (Center) Miles Schon (with an SBG1820) and Marco Mendoza. (Right) Marco Mendoza playing a BB2025.
Photo credit: Valerie Nerres

When the band started playing, the crowd squeezed in toward the stage and stayed riveted throughout the raucous performance. Joining Schon, who played several memorable solos on a custom SBG1000, were his son Miles Schon on guitar, bassist Marco Mendoza, drummer Prairie Prince (playing a kit he painted himself), vocalist Keith St. John and keyboardist John Harjo.

Performances at the Rosewood Dealer Event
(Left) Andy McKee and his LJX36C. (Center) Lee Ritenour, with an NCX200R, trades notes with Neal Schon. (Right) EMKE rocks the house.

Other performers included Lee Ritenour, who played one of the new NX series nylon string acoustic-electrics, and internet sensation Andy McKee. EMKE, a band from Hawaii featuring young members and a tight sound, opened the evening.

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