The members of rock band Journey have always had fractious relationships, but the band’s cease-and-desist order is a new high: keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who performed Donald Trump’s “Don’t Stop Believing” at Mar-a-Lago last month with a backing “chorus” Including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Carrie Lake, he received a cease and desist order from bandmate Neil Shawn’s attorney for this performance.
Ken, Sean, and breakout singer Steve Perry are the creators of the 1981 hit that got a second life nearly 30 years later when it was featured in the final episode of the hit HBO series “The Sopranos.”
Cain, 71, has long been a member of the former president’s inner circle. His wife of eight years, Paula White, is a TV evangelist and spiritual advisor to Donald Trump.
message he received diverse, It reads in part: “Although Mr. Kane is free to express his personal beliefs and affiliations, when he does so on behalf of Journey or the band, such behavior is deeply detrimental to the Journey brand because it polarizes the band’s audiences and outreach. Journey is not and should not be political.”
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics,” the letter continues. His politics should be his personal affair. He should not exploit Journey’s trademark to promote his personal political or religious agenda at the expense of the band”, calling it a “malicious use of trademark”.
The letter goes on to state that she has no intention of “adding further to the animosity which the band is currently experiencing and the relationship between Mr. Sean and Mr. Cain”, which has been acrimonious for a while now.
“The two haven’t gotten along with each other in a while,” says an inside source. “This just shows it all on the surface.”
In fact, the two legally got out earlier in the fall, with Sean confirming he was denied access to the group’s American Express card and records. Meanwhile, Cain’s attorney says Sean’s access to the company’s account needs a cover on him after he allegedly put more than $1 million in “improper personal expenses” on the card.
Sean and Perry have previously expressed their displeasure with Trump’s use of the song during campaign rallies about his previous campaigns, as have artists from the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith to Tom Petty. However, since such shows are considered public performances, there is little the artist can do concretely except publicly distance himself from the Society.
A spokesperson for Cain said, “Shawn is frustrated that he keeps losing in court and is now falsely claiming that the song has been used at political rallies.”
In 2020 Sean said, “I mentioned how I felt about mixing religion and politics and how our music is not of one religion – Democrat or Republican. This was and still is an issue with myself, with Mr. Cain and his wife. I’ve had to fight all this time to protect the brand that Created with Steve Perry, by Greg [Rolie] And I chose Cain to replace him when he wanted to retire from the road at that time. Honestly, I’m tired of having to defend everyone myself.”
Mar-A-Lago’s performance was met with displeasure by many fans on social media. One wrote, “It ruined the song and the band for me,” while another tweeted, “Goodbye Journey…you’re dead to me now.”
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