Journey’s Neal Schon has hit bandmate Jonathan Cain with a cease and desist order over Cain’s performance of Don’t Stop Believin’ at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort.
In November, Cain took part in a singalong of “Don’t Stop Believin'” with Trump foodies Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Kari Lake. The performance hit a nerve with Schön, who issued a cease-and-desist declaration.
“While Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations when doing so on behalf of Journey or for the band, such behavior is extremely damaging to the Journey brand as it polarizes fans and the band’s reach. Journey is not political and shouldn’t be,” Schon’s attorney wrote in a letter (via The Guardian).
“Mr. Cain’s unauthorized association of Journey with Donald Trump’s politics has left fans of the band in a frenzy, as exemplified by the attached emails and Twitter comments,” the letter continued. has and continues to cause irreparable damage to their fanbase and earning potential, especially in light of the upcoming tour.”
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for political purposes… he should not capitalize on the Journey brand to further his personal political or religious agenda to the detriment of the band.” (Cain’s wife, Paula White-Cain, is Donald Trump’s former spiritual advisor.)
Even before the omission, Schon and Cain were embroiled in a legal battle over the band’s finances. Last month, Schon sued Cain over allegations he was denied access to the band’s corporate credit card and financial records. For his part, Cain claims that Schon has put over $1 million in personal expenses on the band’s card.
Schon’s letter states that the omission is not intended to “further increase the animosity that currently plagues the band and the relationship between Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain.”
Still, Cain responded to the omission by saying, “Already’s just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and now falsely claims the song was used at political rallies.”
Incredibly, Schon and Cain will be touring together as Journey starting next month.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Kari Lake sang “Don’t Stop Believin'” along with Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain at a recent event with Trump at Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/dvSp1z62BX
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