Journey’s Neal Schon Issues New Statement Regarding Credit Card Dispute With Jonathan Cain, Considers Reuniting With Gregg Rolie

Journey’s Neal Schon has issued a new statement regarding the dispute between him and his bandmate Jonathan Cain. As previously reported, the guitarist filed a lawsuit against the keyboardist after accusing him of spending millions of the band’s funds on an American Express card that was set up without his knowledge. However, Cain is claiming that Schon was the one who was misusing the credit card.

Schon said the following:

“All I want to see is our Records. Cain is lying as I DO NOT HAVE FULL ACCESS as he states. I’m now a 50% owner. I’m the founder President and Secretary / manager of Nomota LLC that we started in 1998 and have every right to see what’s gone on in there. AMEX ON A RECORDED LINE on both side told me JON WILL NOT give me access to the account of ALL CREDIT CARDS THAT HAVE BEEN USED. They told me I Only have Limited access.

Really don’t understand why he would think I can’t see what’s gone on going all the way back to 1998. Hand over the records. It’s my legal right to see what our corporate BAND CARD FOR NOMOTA has been used for for the last over 2 decades. There’s been MANY EX Employees that had used this card. TRANSPARENCY is All I’m asking for. Is that to much to be asking of a 50/50 partner.

There’s no skating around this.”

In a separate statement, Schon also revealed that he is considering the possibility of a reunion with Gregg Rolie:

“2 original founding members 🙌🏽🙌🏽 I think my brother Gregg Rolie should join us for 2023 tour. What do you think friends? He will spice it up and we will have a great variety of songs to choose from. What would you like to hear for the 50th anniversary tour ? A”

Pantera Share New Teaser For Upcoming Tour

Pantera, who now consist of vocalist Phil Anselmo, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), have shared a new teaser for their upcoming tour. You can check that out below. The band’s current dates can be found HERE.

King’s X Cancel Houston, TX Show After Ty Tabor Tests Positive For COVID-19

King’s X have cancelled their November 26 show in Houston, TX. The concert was unable to move forward due to guitarist Ty Tabor suffering from COVID-19.

The band issued the following statement:

“It is with our deepest apologies that we have to cancel tonight’s show, in Houston, TX! Our guitarist started to exhibit symptoms, and we immediately tested him and found that he was positive for Covid.

We will do everything we can to reschedule this show, and come back and play for you all! We are truly truly sorry for this, Faith, Hope Love.”

Drummer Jerry Gaskill and bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick also added the following in a video message:

Jerry Gaskill: “Hey Houston. We just found out that Ty contracted Covid. We came to do a soundcheck, and he just can’t do it.”

Doug Pinnick: “He can’t even stand up.”

Jerry Gaskill: “I had Covid a month ago, and if he feels any way the way I felt, I couldn’t do the show.”

Doug Pinnick: “I got it too, and I know what it’s like.”

Jerry Gaskill: “There’s no way we can do a show. We don’t know what else to do.”

Doug Pinnick: “There’s nothing we can do but cancel. Sorry. We really wanted to play.” Jerry concurred: “We really, really wanted to play.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ville Valo On The Possibility Of A HIM Reunion: “Never Say Never”

During a recent appearance on “The James McMahon Music Podcast,” Ville Valo was asked about the possibility of a HIM reunion. The frontman, who is currently planning to release his debut solo album “Neon Noir” on January 13, responded by saying “never say never.”

Valo said the following:

“Never say never, I’d say. HIM was so much more than just a band to me. I met Migé [Mikko Paananen], the bass player, when I was about 12. I met Linde [Mikko Lindström], the guitar player, when I was maybe 13 or 14. So we grew up together and went through so many different phases in our lives anyway together, with HIM providing the soundtrack for it and the focus or being the focal point. And it’s so much more than about just monetary things.

If there would be a good reason, good sort of idea or good cause, or if, all of a sudden, everybody would start to gravitate towards each other, I think that would be the best thing. [If] all of a sudden everybody in their own lives just start[ed] to… where it would make sense [to get back together] after all this time. ‘Cause you need to take breaks.

[Toward the end of HIM], it wasn’t necessarily fizzling out, but we had definitely lost the spark regarding creating new music. We tried to work it out, but it didn’t sound good. It started to feel like a day job, and when it starts to feel like that, it’s definitely time to end it, in the world of rock and roll, I think. Or in our world of rock and roll. So I cannot tell you whether we’re gonna feel like that in the future. I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t wanna do it right now. It’s not something I will think about constantly, or ever, to be honest with you.”

He continued when asked if he was approached about going solo while HIM were still active:

“It was a weird existence, because I did write most of the songs [in HIM], and a lot of people, when we started out, they thought it was a solo project, also because it was called ‘HIM’. It was a weird combo. So all those 25 years I had to fight for the guys to get some recognition, saying that I do write the songs, I sing the songs, but we are childhood mates and that the sound and the way they play their instruments, it makes a big difference; it cannot be just whomever. So I’m actually glad not to talk about that at all [when it comes to my solo project]; I don’t have to, ’cause I played all the stuff by myself and I’m the one to carry the blame or the good and the bad and the ugly.

I was told that many a time. And especially when something happens to be successful… I mentioned [earlier in the interview] ‘Join Me In Death’ [HIM’s 1999 single] being sort of a pop hit in Germany and all that stuff, and you can’t imagine the amount of cooks that wanted to be in that kitchen at that time. Everybody had something to say and dollar signs in their eyes. But it’s not a world I feel comfortable in.

Music is still my safe place, so whenever in doubt, I start listening to BLACK SABBATH. That’s what I did. And that’s where it all started. And that’s also how it happens. Because I don’t wake up in the morning and say to myself, ‘Now I’m gonna write a song.’ Working on music or being creative, it’s my way of understanding the reality around me — it’s my survival kit. It helps me out to understand the world and cope with the pressures and the struggles that we all go through. That’s been my method. And it’s funny that it’s a passion that turned into a hobby that turned into work, and it’s all those things in one neat little box. It’s terribly hard at times, but then again I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nightwish, Kreator, Kamelot, Destruction, Etc. Set For 2023 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 30 – February 3, will sail from Miami, FL to Bimini, Bahamas and it will feature: Nightwish, Kreator, Kamelot, Destruction, Cynic, Amorphis, Uli Jon Roth, Novembre, Rotting Christ, Korpiklaani, Månegarm, Insomnium, Fallujah, Warbringer, Obscura, Oceans Of Slumber, Melechesh, Nightmare, Evergrey, Sirenia, Jungle Rot, Feuerschwanz, Abysmal Dawn, Visions Of Atlantis, Fractal Universe, and Decrepit Birth. Public sales will launch on November 30 at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST.

Rex Brown On Upcoming Pantera Tour: “This Is Gonna Be One Hell Of A Ride”

Rex Brown has officially commented on Pantera’s new lineup and upcoming tour. The bassist said the following:

“Get ready folks, this is gonna be one Hell of a Ride…And then some!! This was the start of the ZW sessions that grew into a Monster…5 days ‘til Mexico City!! Bolt in…..”

Motive Black Premiere New Song “Auburn”

Motive Black have shared the title track of their new album “Auburn.” That effort will be released on February 10.

Frontwoman Elana Justin commented:

“‘Auburn’ is a song that means a lot to me. It means so much that I was almost hesitant to put it out. I lost my sister to her battle with addiction. She was one of the smartest women I will ever know. She was a straight-A student who aspired to be a doctor. Addiction does not discriminate. I am angry that she will never realize her dreams. This song is about loss, struggle, rage, but mostly it’s about missing my sister and all of her potential. I will never laugh with anyone like I did with Mia. We need to end the stigma associated with addiction. People are meant to be loved, not judged. I miss Mia every day, and I will for my whole life.

[The album] is named for my sister’s beautiful auburn-colored hair. Losing her forced me to reexamine my life and make significant changes. I went through a huge transitional period which included both ugly and beautiful experiences. The album is a wild ride through that journey of anger, mania, deep love, and self discovery.”

“Auburn” Track Listing:

01. “Lift Me Up” (feat. Carla Harvey)
02. “Broken” (feat. Ray Luzier and Marcos Curiel)
03. “Let Down”
04. “Bloodsport”
05. “Caged” (feat. Ray Luzier)
06. “Purge”
07. “Cellophane” (feat. Ray Luzier)
08. “Bad Decisions”
09. “Fake” (feat. Ray Luzier)
10. “Fight Alone” (feat. Ray Luzier)
11. “Auburn” (feat. Ray Luzier)

GEARS Premiere New Song “Lost Again”

GEARS have premiered a new song titled “Lost Again.” You can check that out below:

Drummer Jimmy Wooten commented:

“‘Lost Again’ is just one of those songs that I think everyone can relate to. We have all been in that situation or those situations where it seems like we’re reliving it over and over trying to find out where we’ve gone wrong and how we ended up, yet again, lost.

We neurotically replay the whole scenario in our heads and for the life of us, we can not see exactly where it went bad and led us further into our current state. It’s not all bad though.

Having the ability to objectively search for a point or points where it began to go in the wrong direction should give us the knowledge and wisdom to have the ability to apply what each situation has taught us to be better in the future.”

Sophie Lloyd Premieres “Do Or Die” Music Video

Sophie Lloyd has shared a new video for her song “Do Or Die.” The track, which features Nathan James (Inglorious), will appear on her upcoming album “Imposter Syndrome.”

Lloyd commented:

“The response to ‘Do Or Die’ has been amazing, and I love seeing people react to the song. It’s so cool seeing guitarists cover the solos and videos of people having it on in their cars and stuff. It’s so awesome to see all the positive comments and it just makes me so much more excited to release the rest of the songs.”

She also added:

“Working with [fire artist] Lula was amazing, she is such a talented performer, and takes her craft so seriously and is so dedicated. We’ve become such great friends and I’m so excited to see what she’s doing next.”

Awake At Last Premiere New Song “Save My Soul”

Awake At Last have premiered a new song titled “Save My Soul.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Balance,” which will be released on February 24.

Vocalist Vincent Torres commented:

“‘Save My Soul” takes place at a crucial part of the story in the upcoming album. It represents the feeling of being frozen by your own thoughts.

There was a time where no matter what I did or tried to do I couldn’t pull myself from my depression and anxiety. I kept sinking deeper and deeper into it. I felt like I’d done everything I could to try and answer some of those deeper questions.

Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? I battled those demons in my mind as much as I could, but I couldn’t deny they were a part of me. I felt like I was at war with myself, and I needed help, so the song sort of calls for help.

There’s also a bit of an answer though, and it helps to move the ebb and flow of the record forward. It’s a darker element on the record, but I hope that it speaks to those who also struggle with those paralyzing thoughts.”