George Tickner, Rock Star Who Co-Founded Rock Band Journey, Passes Away

 July 7, 2023

I know I'm getting older, because more and more of my heroes seem to pass away every year.

This time, it's George Tickner.

The legend was a co-founder of Journey, one of the most influential rock bands in history.

The news was confirmed by Journey co-founder Neal Schon.

"Thank you for your incomparable contributions to Journey's early years," Schon said.

Tickner's tenure in the band wasn't as long as it could have been, as George left the band after their debut album to pursue a career in medicine.

Apparently, he never harbored ill-will toward his bandmates who propelled the group to superstardom, as evidenced by the fact that he reunited with the rest of his bandmates when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ticker would leave the band to attend Stanford Medical School on a full scholarship but would come back to music eventually. He also founded the band VTR, which released its only album in 2005.