Co-founder and original guitarist of the rock group Journey, George Tickner, has died. He was 76. Neal Schon, a former bandmate of the artist, made the announcement of his passing on Tuesday. His cause of death has not yet been made public.
Tickner was a member of Journey for over a year before deciding to leave the group in order to enrol in Stanford Medical School. The band received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2005 after going on to enjoy tremendous success in the 1980s. To learn more about Tickner’s life and career, continue reading.
Journey’s Original Guitarist George Tickner Passes Away at 76
Lead guitarist for Journey Neal Schon posted the tragic news of Tickner’s passing on Facebook. With a photo of the group in black and white, he added, “Journey Junkies, I have some really sad news. George Tickner, who played rhythm guitar for Journey’s first three albums and contributed to songwriting on those albums, has passed away. He had a 76-year-old age.
“Good luck, George… I appreciate the music. We will continue to remember you on this website in perpetuity. We send our sympathies to his family, friends, and all former and current band members. Heartbreakingly sadJJ’s, I believe we ought to give each other a big bear embrace.
Thank you for your immeasurable contributions to Journey’s early years, wrote Schon in regards to Tickner’s abrupt departure from the band. He quit Journey in order to receive a full scholarship to Stanford University, where he received his PhD. Sir, soar freely above the stars.He wrote, “Herbie is ready to welcome you.
Tickner Co-Founded Journey in 1973
In February 1973, George Tickner, Schon, Gregg Rolie, and Herbie Herbert together formed the rock group Journey. After the band’s 1975 debut album was published, Tickner made the decision to leave and Schon took over as lead guitarist. But for a few more years, his tunes were included on the band’s CDs.
Topaz, Of a Lifetime, and Mystery Mountain are some of Ticker’s most well-known songs for the group. The guitarist continued to pursue his musical career after enrolling in Stanford Medical School and recorded the CD Cinema alongside Ross Valory and Stevie Roseman. He got back together with Journey the same year they received their Hollywood Walk of Fame stars.
Tributes Pour In on Social Media
Many followers and admirers of Tickner’s work posted condolences on his passing on social media. One admirer said, “RIP Mr. George Tickner Thank You For Of A Life Time That Album Was The First I Was Introduced To Early Journey “BRILLIANT” Thank You!!”
“Over the years, You have had so Many Precious Musicians with You. We send our condolences to the Journey Family and George. I adore the music you all created together…and appreciative of George’s contributions. George, RIP. He will be sorely missed,” wrote one admirer.
One more person said, “Of A Lifetime is without a doubt one of the best Journey songs. How fascinating a character George Tickner was. No matter what he did, he would be successful. Another supporter added, “Oh man. How tragic that something so important to Journey’s founding was lost…Peace be with you and prayers.