Thursday, December 22, 2022

Journey guitarist Neal Schon files new legal action against Jonathan Cain

Neal Schon has filed a new legal action against Jonathan Cain over a performance of a Journey classic during a recent political event.

According to Variety, Cain performed “Don’t Stop Believin’” during an event for Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, FL last month, which led to Schon filing a cease-and-desist order against his bandmate.

Cain has long been a member of the former president’s inner circle; his wife, Paula White, is a televangelist and Trump’s spiritual advisor.

“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. Journey is not, and should not be, political,” reads the letter, in part. "Mr. Cain's unauthorized affiliation of Journey with the politics of Donald Trump has the band's fans up in arms, as is demonstrated by a sample of the attached emails and Twitter comments. This has caused, and continues to cause, irreparable harm to the Journey brand, its fan base and earning potential, especially in light of the forthcoming tour.

“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics,” the letter continues. “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,” calling it a “harmful use of the brand.”

The political event performance is the latest in a series of legal issues within the Journey organization in recent months, which include a trademark dispute with former member Steve Perry and a disagreement between Schon and Cain over alleged financial issues.

Journey recently announced dates for the 2023 Freedom tour of North America, and has just released a new package, “Live In Concert At Lollapalooza”, which captures the band’s headlining set at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL in July of 2021.

Journey delivered the No. 1 Rock News Story Of The Year and were named the No. 2 Rock News Artist Of The Year as part of the 2022 hennemusic Rock News Awards.

Get your copy of “Freedom” here and “Journey: Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” here.

See also:

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Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 2: JOURNEY
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