According to Variety, Journey’s Neal Schon has sent a cease-and-desist order to his bandmate Jonathan Cain. The guitarist made the move after the keyboardist decided to perform “Don’t Stop Believin'” at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with a backup chorus consisting of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Kari Lake.
The missive said the following:
“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’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. 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.”
Cain has since responded with the following:
“Schon is just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and is now falsely claiming that the song has been used at political rallies.”
Schon has fired back as well:
This news comes shortly after Schon filed a lawsuit against Cain following a credit card dispute.