It's been more than 40 years since Neal Schon left Santana to form the band that would become Journey. However, a new interview with Schon reveals that he and Carlos Santana have had preliminary talks about a potential new project.

“I’ve reconnected with Carlos Santana now and we have been talking about doing something together again," he told Noise11 (via Vintage Vinyl News). "We’ve talked a lot on the telephone and I hooked up with him before Christmas. You never know what’s going to happen. Life is full of surprises. It’s very exciting.”

Schon got his start in Santana as a 15-year old wunderkind in the Bay Area. He appeared on two of their albums, 1971's 'Santana III' and 'Caravanserai' a year later, before he and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie decided to branch out on their own in 1973. Two years later, Journey released their debut album.

Schon has been busy of late on non-Journey projects. In addition to the potential upcoming work with Carlos Santana, he released a solo instrumental album, 'The Calling,' in October. "It has sections that are rockin’ and very electric and then there’s sections that are really deep and bluesy," he told us on the eve of its release. "But I love the fact that there’s a lot of melody as well, for being an instrumental record."