Journey’s Jonathan Cain responds to cease and desist order, says bandmate should ‘look in the mirror’
Jonathan Cain, keyboardist and guitarist for rock band Journey, has responded to bandmate Neil Schon filing against him for performing his hit song “Don’t Stop Believing” during Trump’s Mar-a-Lago event last month.
A representative for Cain sent the artist’s statement to Fox News Digital on Thursday, which began with Schon having to “look in the mirror” when being accused of “damaging the Journey brand.”
In a cease and desist letter obtained by Variety, Sean said Kane’s decision to play the song during the November event politicizes the band and “polarizes the band’s fans and outreach.”
The letter continued, “Mr. Kane has no right to use Journey for politics. His politics should be his own personal business. He should not take advantage of the Journey brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda at the expense of the band.”
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And Cain’s response Thursday accused Sean’s alleged behavior over the years of being more harmful to the brand than anything else.
“I’ve watched him destroy our trademark for years and I’m a victim of his antics – and that of his wife -. Neil sued Live Nation twice, lost both times, and hurt our ability to work with them again; Neil infamously tried to remove trademarks from Steve Perry; Neil and his wife Constantly insulting the professionalism of several accountants, road managers, and management companies with endless legal threats and bossy, toxic, and incoherent emails; Neil argues online with fans who don’t see eye to eye with him, and Neil and his wife recklessly spend trip money until there’s nothing left for operating costs “, books.
The statement ended by saying “If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it’s Neil – and Neil alone”.
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The longtime bandmates have reportedly been at odds for a while, with a legal battle taking place recently over Schon’s alleged denial of access to the band’s American Express card and records.
At the time, Cain’s attorney argued that Sean’s access to the company’s account was limited because he had charged more than $1 million for “improper personal expenses” on the card.
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Despite the tension, Cain and Schon are expected to perform together on the band’s upcoming Freedom Tour celebrating its 50th anniversary and newest album, according to a Journey tour announcement.
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