Neal Schon Turned Down Clapton. Was He On Drugs? Yes

06/01/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Journey guitarist Neal Schon says he's managed to get over his drug addiction issues but admits he was once a "functioning f**k-up".

And the axeman says fears over living a drug-fuelled lifestyle drove him to refuse an invitation to join Eric Clapton's band when he was 15, opting instead to play with Carlos Santana.

"I got the offer from Eric to join Derek and the Dominoes before I got asked to join the Santana band. What a choice, you know?," Schon tells MusicRadar. " I was in the studio with Carlos and we were jamming, when Eric walked in. I was blown away, of course, and I didn't say too much. But we ended up jamming, it was a fun time, and the next day I went back to the studio and there was a note from Eric's people requesting that I go and play with him that night. more on this story

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