Jonathan Cain Claims Neal Schon Was The One Misusing Journey’s Credit Card

As previously reported, Journey’s Neal Schon recently filed a lawsuit against his bandmate Jonathan Cain after accusing him of spending millions of the band’s funds on an American Express card that was set up without his knowledge. Now, Cain has fired back, claiming that Schon was the one misusing the credit card.

Cain told Blabbermouth the following:

“This is a matter that should have been resolved privately, but I am forced to publicly respond now to Neal’s malicious lies and personal attacks on my family and I in an effort to garner public support for his ill-conceived lawsuit — a lawsuit that has absolutely no merit.

Neal has always had access to the credit card statements; what he lacks — and what he is really seeking — is the ability to increase his spending limits.

Since Neal decided to publicize what is going on, I can tell you we will present the evidence to the court that shows that Neal has been under tremendous financial pressure as a result of his excessive spending and extravagant lifestyle, which led to him running up enormous personal charges on the band’s credit card account. When efforts were made to limit his use of the card to legitimate band expenses, Neal unfortunately decided to attack me rather than trying to get his reckless spending under control.

I am saddened by the situation — for Neal and for our fans — but since Neal filed a lawsuit, I suspect he will not be able to ignore the court like he has ignored the countless financial advisors and accountants he has fired over the past several years who have tried in vain to help him.”

Cain’s attorney Alan Gutman also commented:

“The evidence will establish that Schon’s financial crisis has nothing to do with his professed ‘unfettered access to Nomota’s records.’ Our investigation has established that Schon’s personal financial problems resulted solely from his reckless spending, including what preliminarily appears to be charging more than $1 million of improper personal expenses on the band’s corporate Nomota AMEX card.

Schon’s complaint is the classic example of desperate people doing desperate things. It’s very unfortunate that Neal — and Neal alone — has created such difficulties for himself and his family through his profligate spending.”

Neal Schon Files Lawsuit Against Jonathan Cain Over Journey Credit Card

According to Page Six, Journey’s Neal Schon has filed a lawsuit against his bandmate Jonathan Cain. The guitarist claims the keyboardist set up an American Express card without his knowledge and that “millions of Journey funds have flowed through it.”

The following was said in court documents:

“Schon has tried to avoid legal action, repeatedly requesting that Cain grant him access to the AMEX account. For many months, Cain and his representatives have represented that Schon would be granted access. But every time Schon contacted AMEX, AMEX informed him that he was still not authorized to access AMEX account records.”

The filing also referenced the limited-liability company that Cain and Schon established in 1998:

“As a member and manager and founder and leader of Journey, Schon has the right to access and control Nomota’s books and records. Schon must have unfettered access to Nomota’s records so he can oversee and manage Nomota/Journey.”

The following was also added:

“Nomota’s records also contain financial information necessary for Schon and his representatives to determine the proportion of Journey’s profits that he’s entitled to as the founder and president of Journey.”

“Schon’s right to Journey’s profits is being controlled by Cain — Schon’s bandmate, who Schon brought into the band in the 1980s — and despite all of his requests and efforts, Schon has been unable to get full access.”

“Among other things, the American Express account of Nomota has been set up such that only Cain has control of the account and access to its records. On information and belief, millions in Journey funds have flowed through this AMEX account.”

“Cain is interfering with Journey, refusing to respond to booking opportunities, blocking payment to band members, crew and vendors, refusing to execute necessary operating documents, and in other ways as well. Cain has obstructed Schon from viewing expenses incurred by Cain and his touring party on band tours.”

“Cain has further refused to deal with critical, time-sensitive touring contracts for Journey’s 2023 tour and ensure payment for band members and crew, who Cain contends are ‘non-essential,.’ Schon believes those band and crew who are crucial to the band’s success should be paid. Cain’s conduct is inexplicable.”

Schon also commented on social media:

“The only comment I’ll make at this time is it’s all very unfortunate and tried for over a year to attain all our corporate records for Nomota with many personal e-mails to Jon as well as many legal letter stating it’s my legal right to see all but I was left with no choice but to take it legal. There’s much more … since I filed I’ll be following my attorneys advice and not speak until we are in court where I’ll not have a problem at all. It is what it is.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Journey To Release “Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” In December

Journey will be releasing a new live album/ film titled “Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” on December 9. The effort, which features the band’s July 31, 2021 set at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL, will be available on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl. A live video for “Be Good To Yourself” from the performance can be found below:

“Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” Track Listing:

01. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
02. “Only The Young”
03. “Guitar Interlude”
04. “Stone In Love”
05. “Be Good To Yourself”
06. “Just The Same Way”
07. “Lights”
08. “Still They Ride”
09. “Escape”
10. “La Do Da”
11. “Piano Interlude”
12. “Who’s Crying Now”
13. “Guitar Interlude”
14. “Wheel In The Sky”
15. “Ask The Lonely”
16. “Open Arms”
17. “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin'”
18. “Faithfully”
19. “Any Way You Want It”
20. “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Journey Announce North American Tour With Toto

Journey have booked a headlining North American tour for next year. Toto will open.

Tour Dates:

02/04 Allentown, PA – PPL Center
02/05 Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
02/08 Savannah, GA – Enmarket Arena
02/10 Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
02/11 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
02/14 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
02/17 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
02/19 Bossier City, LA – Brookshire Grocery Arena
02/22 Austin, TX – Moody Center
02/23 Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
02/26 Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
03/01 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
03/03 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
03/04 Hartford, CT – XL Center
03/08 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
03/09 Quebec, QC – Videotron Centre
03/12 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
03/13 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
03/16 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
03/17 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
03/20 Champaign, IL – State Farm Center
03/21 Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at The MARK
03/24 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
03/25 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
03/28 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
03/31 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
04/01 Memphis, TN – FedExForum
04/04 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
04/07 Springfield, MO – Great Southern Bank Arena
04/08 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
04/11 Casper, WY – Ford Wyoming Center
04/13 Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
04/14 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
04/17 Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
04/19 Stockton, CA – Stockton Arena
04/22 Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Arena
04/23 Fresno, CA – SaveMart Center
04/25 Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena

Watch Journey Perform “Wheel In The Sky” And Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” With Kirk Hammett In Honolulu, Hawaii

During their October 6 show in Honolulu, Hawaii, Journey were joined onstage by Kirk Hammett for a performance of “Wheel In The Sky” and a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Former Journey Singer Steve Perry Sues Members Of The Band Over Song Trademarks

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Steve Perry has filed a petition against his former Journey bandmates Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon. The singer is seeking to cancel various trademark registrations that were filed by the duo.

The motion claims that Cain and Schon filed trademarks for 20 songs through Freedom JN LLC in 2020. The tracks, which included “Separate Ways,” “Open Arms,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “When You Love a Woman,” and more, were allegedly trademarked so they could use them for pieces of merch such as hats, shirts, jackets, etc.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the registrations between February and May. However, Perry claims this violates a previous agreement that says all decisions need “prior, written unanimous consent of all partners in each instance.” That stipulation includes songs written by Perry and songs written by the group as a whole.

The petition accuses Cain and Schon of using “false or misleading information” to gain the trademarks.

UPDATE: Schon has since responded:

“What a bunch of total crap.
Here’s how it goes friends.

Jon Cain calls a board of directors meeting out of nowhere then before I found out about the meeting Jonathan came to me and said he didn’t like what they ( Ross Smith Perry and Herbie ) were planning.

On that meeting Steve Ross Smith and Herbie voted myself and Cain off the board of directors and Steve and all voted Ross in my place and Smith in Jons.

They all knew at this time I’d been investigating our Trade marks for years trying to get to the bottom of all corruption as we found ( my wife and I ) that nothing had ever been Trade Marked besides our music.

They all went for a take over and it didn’t work. Quite simple.

So my Wife Micheale Schon found a legitimate Trade Mark attorney that wasn’t in the corrupt musical circles and we were then successful in attaining it to Protect everything we built. We had been getting ripped off since the beginning until I shut it down.

So the question is Why did Nobody else’s ( attorneys Steve’s – who was actually ours at one time also and individual band attorneys and accountants) and other so called trade mark attorneys help us do this ?

It was a giant corrupted ring of people that either Managnent or accountants hired to work for us cashing in on all our merchandise till now.

At this point I decided to go for All album titles as well as song titles. The more we got educated on how Song Writing and Copy rights have NOTHING to do with Trade Marks.

You haven’t heard the last of this friends. We are going to peel back the onion.

Neal Schon Journey Lead Guitarist – Founder – Manager”

This news comes after Schon previously made headlines in July after saying that him and Perry have been “talking and getting to know each other again.”

Watch Journey’s Neal Schon Perform “Don’t Stop Believin'” On “America’s Got Talent”

Journey guitarist Neal Schon recently performed the band’s hit song “Don’t Stop Believin'” with singer/pianist Kodi Lee and singer Teddy Swims on “America’s Got Talent.” You can see footage of that below:

Journey’s Neal Schon Says Him And Steve Perry Have Been “Talking And Getting To Know Each Other Again”

During a recent interview with Vulture, Journey guitarist Neal Schon reflected on his relationship with the band’s former singer Steve Perry. Notably, he mentioned that they have been “talking and getting to know each other again.”

Schon said the following:

“We were very, very tight. We’re talking and getting to know each other again — though not trying to get together musically again, but he’s learning who I am now, through a portion of our business that I’m kind of controlling now. I’m talking about a Journey trademark that I’ve obtained, as we’ve never owned our own trademark. All these years, many people lied to us. My wife and I finally got to the bottom of it after investigating for years. We were fought hard by everybody, but we managed to obtain the trademark. So we’re talking about that and figuring out the future of that, but we’re talking.

I have great memories of when Steve and I first met. We hung out all the time, man. We were like brothers. We were crazy. We spent a lot of nights out way too late doing things we shouldn’t be doing. Drinking and whatnot. We overindulged in a lot of stuff. But bottom line, we had a really good time for many, many years. Lots of enduring moments onstage and offstage. He was a really funny guy. I saw a fraction of a moment of it when we got together before the Rock Hall Of Fame induction. I managed to get into his room, which was locked down like Fort Knox. We had a good hang in there. I felt like I still knew this guy and we were still really great friends.

I felt good about what was going to partake on the stage. He was always invited to come and perform at the ceremony, but he declined to do anything besides a speech. I understood why. During that induction, when certain individuals went up and took a really long time with their speeches, there are a few pictures that you can find where I’m talking into Steve’s ears and he’s laughing like hell. Some people like to feel like they’re more important because they have to talk longer. Or they feel like they don’t get the attention they need so they want to talk longer. So, that’s my long way of saying that I hope that we can become even better friends in the future.”

Journey Premiere New Song “United We Stand”

Journey have premiered a new song titled “United We Stand.” This track is from the band’s new album “Freedom,” which will be released on July 8. The group commented:

“More than ever, we need to take care of each other and look after one another. ‘United We Stand’ is a reminder that together we can make a difference. ‘United We Stand’ is out now.”

Journey Premiere New Song “Don’t Give Up On Us”

Journey have premiered a new song titled “Don’t Give Up On Us.” This track is from the band’s new album “Freedom,” which will be released on July 8. Neal Schon commented:

“It is a very melodic song. It’s soulful, coming more from that R&B place and a little more Motown sounding but it definitely rocks. I feel like it’s got Journey all over it.”