Members of longtime rock band Journey have long had feuding relationships, but a cease-and-desist order between the bands is a new high: Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who performed “Don’t Stop Believin'” for Donald Trump on March -a-Lago last month with a backing “chorus” that included Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Kari Lake, received a cease-and-desist order from bandmate Neal Schon’s attorney for that performance.
Cain, Schon and estranged singer Steve Perry penned the 1981 hit, which achieved a second life nearly 30 years later when he appeared in the final episode of HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos.”
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Cain, 71, has long been a member of the former president’s inner circle. His wife of eight years, Paula White, is a televangelist and spiritual advisor to Donald Trump.
The letter, obtained from Variety, reads in part, “Although Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when doing so on behalf of Journey or the band, such conduct is extremely detrimental to the Journey brand as it polarizes fans and the of the band’s action. Travel is not, and should not be, political.
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for political purposes,” the letter continues. “His politics should be his business. He should not capitalize on Journey’s trademark to further his personal political or religious agenda at the expense of the band,” calling it a “harmful use of trademark.”
The missive goes on to say that it does not intend to “add to the further animosity currently plaguing the band and the relationship between Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain,” which has been sour for some time.
“The two haven’t gotten along in a while,” says an inside source. “This brings everything to the surface.”
Indeed, the two squared off legally in the early fall, with Schon alleging that he was denied access to the group’s American Express card and its records. Meanwhile, Cain’s attorney says Schon’s access to the company account needed to be protected after he allegedly put more than $1 million in “improper personal expenses” on the card.
Schon and Perry had previously expressed their displeasure with Trump using the song at his campaign rallies during his previous campaigns, as well as artists ranging from the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith to Tom Petty. However, since such broadcasts are considered public entertainment, there is little an artist can actually do except publicly distance himself from the association.
A spokesperson for Cain said, “Schon is just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and now falsely claims the song has been used at political rallies.”
Schon said in 2020: “I stated how I felt about mixing religion and politics and how our music is not of one religion: democratic or republican. This is and has been a problem with me, Mr. Cain and his wife. 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.
Mar-A-Lago’s performance was met with displeasure by many fans on social media. “This just ruined the song and the band for me,” one wrote, while another tweeted, “Goodbye Journey…now you are dead to me.”
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