A member of the rock band Journey, Neal Schon, has served a bandmate Jonathan Cain with cease and desist order after he performed their hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ for former US President Donald Trump.
As per a report by the Guardian, the band member has served his mate the cease and desist order for playing the hit song for Donald Trump last month at Mar-a-Lago and called the performance “harmful,” to the band.
For those who are unversed, let us tell you, Keyboardist Cain, Guitarist Schon, Singer Perry co-wrote the 1981 song which made available for public 30 years later when it was used in the final episode of The Sopranos.
Cain and Trump Relation
Following Cain performed for Donald Trump, his bandmate and guitarist, Neal Schon stated that Cain “has no right to use Journey for politics.”
The 71-year-old Keyboardist’s wife, Paula White is an advisor for Trump. Cain performed the group’s anthem at an event at Trump’s estate in Florida, last month.
The drama between the two bandmates didn’t just stayed till the conversation as the pair went ahead in a legal battle. This drama might make for frosty relations between the two when they go back on tour which is scheduled for January, 2023.
Anthem Song Used In TV Shows
Let us remind you, the anthem song of the band was first released in 1981 and ever since then it has been widely used in television shows including The Sopranos and Glee.
As per a report by BBC, last month it was known that the song of the band became the most streamed song from 1981 in the UK.
As per a report by Variety, guitarist, Schon in an earlier conversation with the outlet revealed that the keyboardist’s this action was a “harmful use of the brand.”
What Did Neal Schon Stated
He further added 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. Journey is not, and should not be, political.”
The 68-year-old continued “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.”
The Oklahoma native further took to his Twitter and expressed, “You just don’t go there as you will lose fans.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Cain told the Variety in a statement that “Schon is just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and is now falsely claiming the song has been used at political rallies.”
Who’s Neal Schon?
For those who are unfamiliar with Neal Schon, let us tell you, the member of Journey, whose full name is Neal Joseph Schon is an American rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.
He is best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the band Journey. He is known as the sole original member of the group to remain throughout their band’s history.
Before founding the Journey, he was a member of rock band Santana. During their band Journey went on a hiatus from 1987-1995, Neal went on and joined a group named Bad English. He is also known as the original member of the Hardline.
Let us remind you once again, Journey are set to kick off their Tour for the 2023 year on January 26 along with singer Arnel Pineda, who joined the group back in 2007.