Journey’s George Tickner Dies At 76

CIRCA 1975: Rock group Journey (l-R Gregg Rolie, Ross Valory, Neal Schon, George Tickner and Aynsley Dunbar pose for a CBS Photo circa 1975
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George Tickner, the co-founding rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for Journey, has passed away. Neal Schon, Journey co-founder, and lead guitarist, confirmed the news that Tickner had died at age 76 but did not share any details on his cause of death.

He wrote on Facebook, “Journey Junkies, I have some very sad news. George Tickner, Journey’s original rhythm guitarist and songwriting contributor on their first three albums, has passed away. Our condolences to his family and friends, and to all past and present band members. So heartbreaking. I think we need to do a group hug.”

(L-R) Rock group Journey bandmembers Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, George Tickner, Neal Schon, Aynsley Dunbar (rear), Robert Fleischman, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith (beret) at their star ceremony where they were honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Tickner was in the popular band from its inception but left in 1975 to pursue a medical degree on a full scholarship at Stanford Medical School. A few years later, the group received high praise and fame for the song “Wheel In The Sky.” While Tickner had left the band, he is credited for writing several songs on their self-titled debut album including “Of a Lifetime,” which Schon said is one of his favorite songs ever. He also contributed to Journey’s next two albums.

Even after leaving Journey, he continued to pursue music and remained close to his former bandmates. He worked with Ross Valory to create a recording studio called The Hive and later formed a band called VTR with Valory and keyboardist Stevie ‘Keys’ Roseman.

In 2005, Tickner appeared with all past and present members of Journey to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. May he rest in peace.

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