Controversy has struck the American rock band Journey following the service of a cease-and-desist letter by band member Neal Schon on fellow band member Jonathon Cain.
The letter was served following Cain’s performance of the band's hit song “Don’t Stop Believin” at Mar-a-Lago, a Republican event organised by Donald Trump. Schon allegedly instructed legal counsel to issue the letter in an attempt to restrict the bands association with political beliefs.
Outrage has spiralled across various social media platforms because of Cain’s Republican beliefs. A representative for Schon contended Cain should not be using Journey as a catalyst for his own political and religious views. Any performance on that basis tarnishes the reputation of Journey and ultimately causes issues with its fan base.
This is not the first time political conflict has occurred in the band. On a previous occasion, three members of the band visited Trump at the White House and took various pictures together, much to Schon’s dismay. A spokesperson for Cain has rejected all claims that the song has been used at any political rallies.
The conflict has resulted in financial issues for Journey, with Schon being rejected from accessing the financial records of the band and from accessing its American Express card. A representative for Cain claimed Schon has been denied the access and use because Schon had been using the card for “improper personal expenses”.
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