About George Tickner

Where and when were you born? —

Syracuse, N.Y. September 8, 1946.

What got you started in music? —

I’ve always had a love for music. Some of my earliest memories are of listening… my parents always had music around in a wide range of styles. So I got a good education early on. At one point, I wanted to go beyond listener and become a participant on a very primal level. My parents always made instruments and lessons available to me. And then came the birth of Rock and Roll…

Who did you play with before Journey? —

Many early bands, then Frumious Bandersnatch, James Trumbo, and the Jerry Garcia Band.

Are you married and do you have any children? —

I’m not married now, and yes to children, both boys and girls.

Why did you leave the band? —

To attend medical school.

What equipment did you use? —

Fender guitars and amps.

What equipment are you using now? —

Godin Multiac nylon, Line 6 Pod XT Pro, Fender Strat with Roland synth.

What were the high points of your career ? —

Playing and writing with the members of Journey. The star on the Walk of Fame, and the Bammie award are the stuff that dreams are made of.


Rich Meyers

Webmaster for GeorgeTickner.com

George Tickner, alongside Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Ross Valory, Prairie Prince and managerial genius Herbie Herbert, was one of the founding members of the legendary San Francisco Bay Area Classic Rock band Journey.

Although George was only with Journey from it’s inception in 1973, through the release of their self-titled debut album in 1975, he was an integral part in the band’s original sound and vibe and his influence has been imprinted all over Journey’s style and sound ever since.

Click for more> George Tickner on MySpace Music – Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads.

Rich Meyers review of Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick – Syracuse, NY Aug. 23, 2008

All I can say is, what an experience. From beginning to end, Cheap Trick to Heart, and finally the Main Event, Journey, it was nonstop high energy Rock and Roll.

Have to begin with the fact that I came to the Fair this day with less than an hours sleep. Worked the night before, so if I’d gone home and slept, the day would’ve been effectively over. What happened beginning at 7 PM that night was well worth everything. The heat, being excessively tired and sore. It was all well worth it.

Needless to say, I got out of work at 7:30 AM went home and was in bed before 8 AM. Was very restless and only slept for about 40 minutes or so, before I decided it was time to begin the adventure of the day to come.

Got up, got dressed, got a quick cup of coffee, which I didn’t finish, got the family together and we were off to the Fair.

I don’t know what the final numbers of the day were, as far as bodies through the turnstiles, but when we arrived at about 10:30 AM, traffic was extremely heavy and the lot was pretty much filled to capacity. I contemplated whether I should park on the Infield or outside in the Lot and ended up parking in the Lot, just because I was tired and not in much of a mood to continue fighting the traffic and bodies going through the Gate.

To read the whole review> MySpace.com Blogs – Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick – Syracuse, NY Aug. 23, 2008 – George Tickner MySpace Blog.


One Response

  1. Hi George! We worked together at Kaiser Hosp., Walnut Creek, CA in 1975/1976 in the operating room. I’m Nancy and was an OR tech at the time. Hope all is well with you!

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