Rock band Journey’s ace guitarist, original constant and de facto CEO Neal Schon has served the band’s longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain a cease-and-desist letter after the latter performed the band’s songs at events affiliated with former President Donald Trump.
The letter, dated Dec. 16 and provided to USA TODAY by Schon’s attorney Louis R. Miller, states that Cain performing at Trump’s events and appearing in his videos implies that Journey is in support of the former president.
“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. Journey is not, and should not be, political,” the letter reads.
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Schon’s lawyer attached a video shared on Twitter where Cain can be seen performing “Don’t Stop Believin'” at an event at Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. In the video, Trump can be seen in the crowd looking on as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) , former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Kimberly Guilfoyle sing on stage.
Schon replied to the tweet at the time in November, writing: “For the record I stated for years now that I’m not OK with us (sic) any type of political statement should not be connected to our music that we wrote.”
The letter continued stating that Cain had “no right to use Journey for politics” nor should he be able to capitalize off the band for his own religious or political agenda and doing so continues to be harmful to Journey’s image in the public eye.
Schon’s lawyer advised Cain and his counsel there will be no further actions taken should the keyboardist stop and agree to no longer do anything that would “intentionally harm the Journey brand.”
This isn’t the first time Journey has been in the news for a squabble between bandmates. The band has been marred with decades of fluctuating lineups and snarly lawsuits among band members.
In 2020, Schon and Cain filed a lawsuit with the California Superior Court claiming Steve Smith and Ross Valory attempted to launch a “coup” to gain control of the Journey trademark and oust the original band members, according to court documents.
They ended up settling for $10 million.
USA TODAY has reached out to Cain’s reps for comment.
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Contributing: Melissa Ruggieri
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