Neal Schon lashes out after Journey members' White House appearance
Oh boy, the wheels in the sky keep on turning. Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon is not at all happy to learn that a few of the band’s members visited the White House recently.
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain and his wife Paula White-Cain (who is called the “spiritual adviser” to Donald Trump) along with lead singer Arnel Pineda and bassist Ross Valory were spotted taking a tour of the White House by the press in late July. A photo of the band members posing with Trump have also appeared online.
Schon expressed his opinion on it early Thursday morning on Facebook: “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.”
He continued: “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. Tours are done all the time but it could have been privately.”
“The members who attended know my position and the way we've always been until now. 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 management. This clearly shows no respect or unity, just divide.”
Schon and Cain have been feuding for months, according to reports. The arguments are over the band’s musical direction and Cain’s solo career in faith music. Cain’s marriage to Paula White, a minister who delivered the invocation at Trump’s inauguration, has also been a flash point.
Could this all mean that Schon might choose to dump Cain and Pineda in favor of a reunion with Steve Perry and keyboardist Gregg Rolie? That’s what a lot of observers are asking. Stay tuned.