According to lead guitarist Neal Schon, the members of the rock band Journey can’t play their music the way they want.
On Wednesday, Variety reported that Schon’s attorney gave bandmate Jonathan Cain a stop for performing Journey’s ubiquitous hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” at an event for Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago in November. He said he had given the letter. Beech sang her beloved song Anthem with other notable members of the Republican party, including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Schon wasn’t happy about that.
“While Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when he does so on behalf of Journey or for the group, such behavior is extremely harmful to the Journey brand as it polarizes the group’s fans and outreach.” ve-desist letter reportedly said. “The journey is not and should not be political.
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics,” the letter added. “His policy should be his own personal business. He should not use Journey’s brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda to the detriment of the group.”
In a statement shared with The Times on Thursday, Cain responded.
“When Neal Schon accuses me of harming the Journey brand, he should look in the mirror. I’ve watched him damage our brand for years and have been the victim of both his and his wife’s bizarre behavior,” he said.
Cain also accused Schon and his wife, Michaele Schon, of “bullying” those who had done business with the group, including “accountants, road managers and management firms”. Cain claimed that Schon also had a feud with fans on social media and the couple “recklessly”. [spends] Travel money.”
“If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it’s Neal and only Neal,” he added.
The Times reached out to Schon and representatives for Journey, but did not receive an immediate response on Thursday.
Journey published “Don’t Stop Believin'” in 1981. His wife, Paula White, shared writing credits with Cain, Schon, and singer Steve Perry, who served as Trump’s spiritual adviser.
Tensions between Cain and Schon have been rising for months. In November, Schon filed a lawsuit alleging that Cain had denied access to the recordings on the band’s American Express account, Billboard reported.
Schon tweeted Thursday The Amex case, which was pending in November, is scheduled for February.
The cease-and-desist letter states that Cain’s performance at Mar-a-Lago is only “more [added] to the hostility that is currently plaguing the group.
Amid the musicians’ recent enmity, some fans on social media are getting angry at Cain or Schon.
One Instagram follower commented on Cain’s latest post, “They should take your place on the journey.”
“Jonathan!!!! Please keep Journey songs away from that Crazy Donald Trump!!!” wrote another. “What do you think!!!?????”
Similarly, Schon faces his own fair share of criticism, with Instagram users calling him “sold,” “obsolete fart,” and “irrelevant” in comments.
The group will continue their Freedom tour in 2023. The band will kick off the new year with performances in Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia. Journey will arrive in Southern California for concerts in Bakersfield, Fresno and Thousand Palms in April.