Journey meltdown gets uglier
“No more toxic shit. Done,” says Neal Schon.
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