Members of the rock band Journey can’t fairly play their music any method they need it, in accordance with lead guitarist Neal Schon.
On Wednesday, Selection reported that Schon’s legal professional served fellow bandmate Jonathan Cain a cease-and-desist letter for performing Journey’s ubiquitous hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” at a November occasion for Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Cain sang the beloved anthem with different notable members of the Republican celebration, together with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Schon was not pleased about that.
“Although Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when he does that on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is extremely deleterious to the Journey brand as it polarizes the band’s fans and outreach,” Schon’s cease-and-desist letter reportedly stated. “Journey is not, and should not be, political.
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics,” the letter added. “His politics should be his own personal business. He should not be capitalizing on Journey’s brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda to the detriment of the band.”
In an announcement shared with The Instances on Thursday, Cain fired again.
“Neal Schon should look in the mirror when he accuses me of causing harm to the Journey brand. I have watched him damage our brand for years and am a victim of both his — and his wife’s —bizarre behavior,” his assertion stated.
Cain additionally accused Schon and his spouse, Michaele Schon, of “bullying” individuals who have finished enterprise with the band, together with “accountants, road managers, and management firms.” Cain alleged that Schon additionally feuded with followers on social media, and the couple “recklessly [spends] Journey’s money.”
“If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it is Neal — and Neal alone,” he added.
The Instances reached out to Schon and representatives for Journey however didn’t instantly hear again Thursday.
Journey launched “Don’t Stop Believin’” in 1981. Cain, whose spouse, Paula White, served as Trump’s non secular adviser, shared writing credit with Schon and singer Steve Perry.
Pressure between Cain and Schon has been brewing for months. In November, Schon filed a lawsuit alleging Cain refused to provide him entry to information from the band’s American Categorical account, Billboard reported.
Schon tweeted Thursday that the Amex case, which was pending in November, was scheduled to be heard in February.
The cease-and-desist letter stated Cain’s efficiency at Mar-a-Lago had solely “further [added] to the animosity that is currently plaguing the band.”
Amid the musicians’ newest feud, some followers on social media are seeing pink over Cain or Schon.
“They should replace you in journey,” one Instagram follower commented on Cain’s newest put up.
“Jonathan!!!! Please keep Journey songs away from that Lunatic Donald Trump!!!,” wrote one other. “What are you thinking!!!?????”
Equally, Schon’s going through his personal share of criticism, with Instagram customers calling him a “sell out, “ “old washed up fart” and “irrelevant” within the feedback.
The band itself is about to proceed its Freedom tour in 2023. It should kick off the brand new 12 months with performances in Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia. Journey is about to return to Southern California for gigs in Bakersfield, Fresno and Thousand Palms in April.