Journey guitarist Neal Schon has filed a cease-and-desist against bandmate Jonathan Cain, demanding he stop playing the group’s songs at political rallies supporting former President Donald Trump.
Schon took this step after Cain performed the band’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” alongside Republican luminaries such as Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kari Lake during an event at Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago estate.
Schon’s cease-and-desist letter reportedly reads, “Although Mr. Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations, when he does that on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is extremely deleterious to the Journey brand as it polarizes the band’s fans and outreach. Journey is not, and should not be, political.”
“Mr. Cain has no right to use Journey for politics … he should not be capitalizing on Journey’s brand to promote his personal political or religious agenda to the detriment of the band.”
Variety quotes Cain’s representative as saying, “Schon is just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and is now falsely claiming that the song has been used at political rallies.”
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