Members of the rock band Journey can’t quite play their music any way they want itaccording to lead guitarist Neal Schon.
on wednesday, Variety reports that Schon’s attorney served fellow bandmate Jonathan Cain a cease-and-desist letter for performing Journey’s ubiquitous hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” at a November event for Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Cain sang the beloved anthem with other notable members of the Republican party, including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Already was not happy about that.
“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,” Schon’s cease- and desist letter reportedly said. “Journey is not, and should not be, political.
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics,” the letter added. “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.”
In a statement shared with The Times on Thursday, Cain fired back.
“Neal Schon should look in the mirror when he accuses me of causing harm to the Journey brand. I have watched him damage our brand for years and am a victim of both his — and his wife’s —bizarre behavior,” his statement said.
Cain also accused Schon and his wife, Michaele Schon, of “bullying” people who have done business with the band, including “accountants, road managers, and management firms.” Cain alleged that Schon also feuded with fans on social media, and the couple “recklessly [spends] Journey’s money.”
“If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it is Neal — and Neal alone,” he added.
The Times reached out to Schon and representatives for Journey but did not immediately hear back Thursday.
Journey released “Don’t Stop Believin’” in 1981. Cain, whose wife, Paula White, served as Trump’s spiritual adviser, shared writing credits with Schon and singer Steve Perry.
Tension between Cain and Schon has been brewing for months. In November, already filed a lawsuit alleging Cain refused to give him access to records from the band’s American Express account, Billboard reports.
Already tweeted Thursday that the Amex case, which was pending in November, was scheduled to be heard in February.
The cease-and-desist letter said Cain’s performance at Mar-a-Lago had only “further [added] to the animosity that is currently plaguing the band.”
Amid the musicians’ latest feud, some fans on social media are seeing red over Cain or Schon.
“They should replace you in journey,” one Instagram follower commented on Cain’s latest post.
“Jonathan!!!! Please keep Journey songs away from that Lunatic Donald Trump!!!,” wrote another. “What are you thinking!!!????”
Similarly, Schon’s facing his own share of criticism, with Instagram users calling him a “sell out, “ “old washed up fart” and “irrelevant” in the comments.
The band itself is set to continue its Freedom tour in 2023. It will kick off the new year with performances in Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia. Journey is set to come to Southern California for gigs in Bakersfield, Fresno and Thousand Palms in April.