Jour­ney melt­down gets uglier

“No more toxic shit. Done,” says Neal Schon.

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The schism within Jour­ney took an­other up­turn last month when Neal Schon voiced anger that three of his band­mates vis­ited the White House un­der the group name, and sug­gested that they have plot­ted about tour­ing with­out him.

“How would you feel [about that]?” the gui­tarist asked on Twit­ter. “They will not tour with the Jour­ney name. Trust me.

I’ve spent way too long build­ing to give up the brand.”

Claim­ing that Jour­ney have al­ways com­mit­ted to re­main neu­tral when it comes to pol­i­tics and re­li­gion, found­ing mem­ber Schon was fu­ri­ous that vo­cal­ist Ar­nel Pineda, key­board player/ rhythm gui­tarist Jonathan Cain and bassist Ross Valory were pho­tographed in the Oval Of­fice with Pres­i­dent Trump, claim­ing that the trio were at­tempt­ing

“to ex­ploit the brand and use the name”. He re­it­er­ated that “Jour­ney was not there – three in­di­vid­ual mem­bers were: Cain, Valory and Pineda, [all of] whom I found. Tours [of the White House] are done all the time but it could have been pri­vately.”

The dis­agree­ment has also thrown the fu­ture of the cur­rent line-up into doubt, with the gui­tarist tweet­ing: “One way or the other, I won’t be deal­ing with any more toxic shit. Done.”

Schon blames Cain’s wife, Paula White-Cain, a min­is­ter who de­liv­ered the in­vo­ca­tion at Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion, for much of the bad blood cur­rently cir­cu­lat­ing. A source within the Jour­ney setup sug­gested that un­til they re­move at least one mem­ber from the band (Schon also con­tends that the long-serv­ing Valory is of “no help” when it comes to res­o­lu­tion), Jour­ney will be “stuck in con­stant con­flict”. DL

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