Big Trouble Within Journey Threatens Band’s Future! Is Trump to Blame?
Posted: 1:30 pm Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
By Donna Donna
Neal Schon photo Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Donald Trump Photo Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
There’s trouble brewing in Journey-land! The brouhaha began when keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory, and frontman Arnel Pineda visited the White House last week. When Journey co-founder and guitarist Neal Schon found out about the visit we was furious!
Schon believes that the White House is exploiting the Journey ‘brand’ for it’s own purposes and that Cain, Valory and Pinenda are not Journey. Schon thinks only all five members of the group can be represented as Journey (drummer Steve Smith being the fifth guy).
Some think Schon’s reaction is based on an anti-Trump bias, but he says that’s not true. In a statement on facebook Schon said:
I will remain strong and consistent with the belief we’ve always shared and agreed upon – Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone , especially band members for politics or any one religion.
I’ve been here since 1972 and this has always been our belief. This was with intent to exploit the brand and use the name.
Journey was not there – 3 individual members were Cain Valory and Pineda whom I found … Steve Perry myself and the rest have always agreed the music we created is for Everyone…I had no prior knowledge of this from anyone. Not band members or Managment. This clearly shows no respect or Unity…”
Schon says individual band members should leave politics at the door and although he hasn’t threatened to quit the group he said on Twitter “One way or the other I won’t be dealing with any more toxic shit… I’m taken (sic) it by the horns and who ever doesn’t like can leave.”