Lawyers for Journey’s Neil Schon have issued a cease and desist order to one of his bandmates for performing the group’s hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” at a Trump event.
Lawyers for lead guitarist Sean, who formed the band in 1972, recently sent a letter to fellow musician Jonathan Cain. first reported cultivar Wednesday.
Cain is Videos posted on SNS Last month, they performed at a bash at Trump’s Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago. In the clip, Kane plays keyboards while Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Georgia), former Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and Kimberly Guilfoyle perform “Don’t Stop Believin'” onstage. Singing, with Trump watching from the audience. .
Schon, Cain and Steve Perry had written the group’s 1981 rock anthem.
“Mr Kane is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, but when he does so on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is considered a violation of the band’s fans. It is highly detrimental to the Journey brand as it polarizes outreach and outreach.” Schon’s legal team, obtained by ITK, said:
“Travel is not and should not be political,” the letter said.
Kane’s “unauthorized affiliation with Journey and Donald Trump’s politics has angered the band’s fans,” the letter said, claiming it had caused “irreparable damage to the Journey brand.” .
According to the letter, Cain’s politics “must be his own personal matter.”
“He should not use the Journey brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda, to the detriment of the band.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is married to televangelist Paula White, Trump’s longtime spiritual adviser.
In a statement to ITK, Cain slammed his bandmate, Sean’s spouse and former “Real Housewives of DC” star Michele Shawn, saying, “Neil Shawn said, ‘I’m on a journey. We should look in the mirror when accusing us of harming our brand.I have watched him harm our brand for years and I have seen both his and his wife’s strange behavior. They are victims.”
Cain, who has filed numerous lawsuits over the years, has accused Sean of acting “toxic” and arguing “online with fans who don’t make eye contact with him.”
“If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it’s Neil. And only Neil,” Kane said.
Just as Journey are preparing to embark on a nationwide concert tour, they receive a letter of suspension and annulment.
Asked in 2017 radio interview If the band had been approached to play at Trump’s inauguration, Cain said: We do not interfere in politics. We try to stay in our lane. ”
Shane said in the same interview: Even if you want to do certain things, sometimes you can’t because people are pretty split 50/50. Democrats, Republicans, you lose either way.”
“Politics and music,” Sean said at the time.
Other music artists have criticized the use of their music at political rallies over the years. Neil Young sued the Trump campaign in 2020 after his 1989 song “Rockin’ in the Free World” was performed at a rally in Oklahoma.th The president did not have the proper license. Four months later, Young’s attorneys moved to dismiss the copyright lawsuit.
This article was updated at 17:27
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