The drama surrounding Journey will stretch into 2023 with guitarist Neal Schon filing a cease-and-desist order against Jonathan Cain for performing the group’s music at a Donald Trump rally.
The pair, who share partnership of the band, are currently embroiled in a legal battle over group’s American Express account, which Schon claims he has been denied access to. Now, Variety reports, Schon is taking umbrage with Cain appearing last month at Mar-A-Lago and performing Journey’s signature tune, “Don’t Stop Believin'” with a “backing chorus” featuring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, conservative journalist and Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, and failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
As expected, Neal Schon took the bait, tweeting: “Now he’s claiming I keep losing in court? Inf***ingsane. Get off the Kool-Aid. Wow – lies after lies. I’ve won one case in court with Cain and the residing one has not been heard yet. . . Judge did not feel it was an emergency. Zero ruling.”
Schon’s complaint against Cain reads in part:
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.
Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics. 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 (and is) harmful use of the brand.
Earlier this month, Journey released Live In Concert At Lollapalooza. The new live collection follows their Freedom studio set released last summer and features the band’s July 31st, 2021 performance at Chicago’s Lollapalooza.