Neal Schon, a co-founder and guitarist to the legendary 80’s rock band Journey, is publicly defiling his bandmates over their recent visit to President Donald Trump at the White House.
Schon posted video of the Journey White House meeting, and then proceeded to ridicule his bandmates’ attendance, writing in a Facebook post:
“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.”
Schon also addressed rumors that his Journey bandmates wanted to part ways. He hinted at leaving the group over political differences through a series of messages via Twitter:
“How would you feel if u found out that the rest of the band wanted to tour without me? I’ve always been 100%JRNY and made the right choices.”
When asked by a fan if he will go solo, Schon responded in a tweet: “I will travel to new musical terrain that we never have and encompass everything.”
According to Schon, the bad blood between the bandmates has apparently been brewing for awhile, and that the bandmates for the sake of their performances and public appearances had agreed to keep politics and religion out of their businesses and music.
Lead singer Arnel Pineda addressed the rumors surrounding the band’s inner quarreling on Twitter, writing: “mayB nobody deserves to go through THIS bt maybe dis s what needs 2 happen 4 us 2 know wat kind of HOUSE we all helped build through d years.”
Schon particularly targeted keyboardist Jonathan Cain in his post regarding the growing fray between the “Don’t Stop Believin” chanters:
“Everybody’s entitled to like and believe what they want but when we’ve had this discussion many, many times it was always a no WH. All know. Arranged photo op against what we’ve all stood for up until 2 years ago (when) Jon changed radically… And then on top of it the stories that have stemmed from their visit say JOURNEY was there. Like I don’t exist. I brought all these guys in.”
While Cain has not addressed the drama directly, he has taken to Twitter to share a meme that reads: “God protect me from ANYTHING that wasn’t sent by you. He is my shield and my sword.” Cain’s wife, Paula White Cain, is also a televangelist who has been described as President Trump’s “spiritual adviser.”
How would you feel if u found out that the rest of the band wanted to tour without me? I’ve always been 100%JRNY and made the right choices
— NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) August 3, 2017
I will travel to new musical terrain that we never have and encompass everything hits are hits we have a ton https://t.co/NOBwY40pqk
— NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) August 4, 2017
mayB nobody deserves to go through THIS bt mayB dis s what needs 2 happen 4 us 2 know wat kind of HOUSE we all helped build through d years
— Arnel Pineda (@arnelpineda) August 7, 2017
He is my shield and my sword 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/tvCdGLA6O7
— Jonathan Cain (@TheJonathanCain) August 3, 2017
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