Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has been given a cease and desist order by bandmate Neal Schon’s lawyer.
Cain’s performance of the band’s 1981 hit song “Don’t Stop Believin'” at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property with a backing choir by U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Don Trump’s girlfriend Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake suggested the letter.
The missive, obtained Wednesday by TheWrap, begins by outlining that by appearing in Trump videos and playing Journey songs for the former president, Cain made it appear that full Journey membership supports Trump.
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“Although Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when doing so on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is extremely detrimental to the Journey brand as it polarizes the fans and the band’s outreach. Travel is not, and should not be, political,” the letter continues. “Mr. Cain of Journey’s unauthorized affiliation with Donald Trump’s politics has overwhelmed fans of the band, as evidenced by a sample of the attached emails and Twitter comments. This has caused and continues to cause irreparable damage to the Journey brand, its fan base and earning potential, especially in light of the upcoming tour.
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics. His politics should be his personal business. He should not capitalize on the Journey brand to further his personal political or religious agenda at the expense of the band,” the letter adds. to express that the senders do not wish to “add animosity” between the two bandmates.
Representatives for Cain addressed in the letter did not immediately return to TheWrap for comment.
The song, which experienced a resurgence after making it onto HBO’s “The Sopranos” soundtrack nearly 30 years after its initial release, has been used in earlier parts of the Trump campaign, including rallies.
Schon and former singer Steve Perry have previously disapproved of the song’s use in association with the Trump campaign. In early fall, Schon expressed a disagreement with Cain about the band’s American Express card.
Schon sued Cain with claims that he was “improperly restricted” in accessing the Journey American Express card and its records.
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“Schon sought to avoid lawsuits by repeatedly asking Cain to grant him access to the AMEX account,” the filing reads. “For several months, Cain and his representatives have stated that Schon would be granted access. But each time Schon contacted AMEX, AMEX informed him that he was not yet authorized to access AMEX account records.
These are just two of the more recent quarrels between members of the band, which has suffered more extensively than other feuds between himself and several bandmates.
In 2020, Schon addressed the anthem’s use by Trump, whose spiritual adviser Paula White has been married to Cain for eight years.
“I stated how I felt about mixing religion and politics and how our music doesn’t belong to just one religion: Democrat or Republican. This is and has been an issue with myself, Mr. Cain and his wife,” Schon said. “I’ve had to fight all this time to protect the brand I built with Steve Perry, long before Gregg [Rolie] and picked Cain to fill in when he wanted to retire from the road then. Frankly, I’m tired of having to defend everything myself.
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Variety first reported the news.