In September 2022, Perry filed to “cancel the trademark registrations filed by Schon and Cain back in 2020.” Ultimate Classic Rock reported that Schon and Cain filed to register 20 Journey songs through their company Freedom JN, LLC, for use on several types of merchandise (hats, jackets, t-shirts, etc.) without Perry’s consent. Among the songs listed in the filing were “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Anyway You Want It,” and “Open Arms.” Perry also stated the registrations issued in February 2022 and May 2022 “violated an earlier agreement that stipulates decisions like these must be made with ‘consent of all partners in each instance.'”
Schon then took to social media to call Perry’s lawsuit “a bunch of total crap.”
However, on Saturday (January 7), Schon once again took to social media and posted on Twitter, “So much for JC trying to throw me under the bus as he claimed I was blatantly trying to rip off SP while collecting the checks for the very diligent work my wife and I did to protect our Merch. Time for Coffee,” along with a picture of Perry’s withdrawal for cancellation of the lawsuit. In a separate tweet, he stated, “No more lawsuit with Steve. Time to talk,” with a peace sign emoji.
So much for JC trying to throw me under the bus as he claimed I was blatantly trying to rip off SP while collecting the checks for the very diligent work my wife and I did to protect our Merch. Time for coffee 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/xsGQBr0wob
— NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) January 7, 2023
Schon and Cain have been fighting one another on social media and in litigation since October 2022. Schon had filed a lawsuit against Cain, alleging that he had been restricted access to the band’s financial records and a credit card that Cain had set up for Journey business usage.
Cain then responded to Schon’s filing, saying that Schon’s “reckless spending” is why the legal action was taken. TMZ reported that Cain filed legal documents responding to Schon’s initial suit in November.
The keyboardist says he is “saddened by the situation. But since Neal filed a lawsuit, I suspect he will not be able to ignore the court like he has ignored the countless financial advisors and accountants he has fired over the past several years who have tried in vain to help him.”
The feud continued due to Cain’s appearance at an event at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in late 2022. The keyboardist led a singalong of the Journey hit, “Don’t Stop Believin,” at the event, and Schon was not happy, criticizing Cain’s use of the song at Trump’s residence and taking legal action.
Variety reported that Schon hit Cain with a cease-and-desist order from an attorney for playing the song with a “backing chorus including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Kari Lake.”
Schon said, “Cain is free to express his personal beliefs and associations. But when he does that on behalf of Journey or for the band, such conduct is extremely deleterious to the Journey brand. Journey is not, and should not be, political. Mr. Cain’s unauthorized affiliation of Journey with the politics of Donald Trump has the band’s fans up in arms. … This has caused, and continues to cause, irreparable harm to the Journey brand.”
Cain clapped back at Schon’s comment, saying, “Neal Schon should look in the mirror when he accuses me of causing harm to the Journey brand. I have watched him damage our brand for years and am a victim of both his and his wife’s bizarre behavior. Neal sued Live Nation twice, losing both times, and damaging our ability to ever work with them again. Neal outrageously tried to take away trademarks from Steve Perry. Neal and his wife continually insult the professionalism of numerous accountants, road managers and management firms with endless legal threats and their bullying, toxic and incoherent emails. Neal argues online with fans who don’t see eye to eye with him. And Neal and his wife recklessly spend Journey’s money until there is none left for operating costs. If anyone is destroying the Journey brand, it is Neal and Neal alone.”
The drama doesn’t end there as Schon has now accused Cain’s wife, TV evangelist and Donald Trump’,s spiritual advisor, Paula White-Cain, of accessing Journey’s financial accounts without permission.
The New York Post reports that White-Cain is being accused of “allegedly giving herself access to the accounts without Schon’s knowledge or consent,” according to a letter from Schon’s attorney.” The Post also reports that they received financial statements showing White-Cain’s signature “has appeared on Journey-related bank documents since at least July 2020.”
Schon had requested that White-Cain be removed from Journey’s financial accounts before December 27, 2022. However, as of press time, it is yet to be known if White-Cain has removed herself from the accounts.
Despite all of the legal troubles, the band is scheduled to begin their 50th anniversary tour this month, with co-founding member Gregg Rolie joining the band for the first time since 1980. The tour is ironically called the “Freedom” tour. The tour dates (featuring support from Toto) can be found below.
Journey – Freedom Tour 2023
Feb. 4 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
Feb. 5 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
Feb. 8 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena
Feb. 10 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 11 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
Feb. 14 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
Feb. 17 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
Feb. 19 – Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena
Feb. 22 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
Feb. 23 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome
Feb. 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Mar. 1* – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
Mar. 3 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
Mar. 4* – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Mar. 8 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
March 9* – Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre
Mar. 12* – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Mar. 13 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
Mar. 16 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
Mar. 17 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
Mar. 20 – Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center
Mar. 21 – Moline, IL @ Vibrant Arena at The MARK
Mar. 24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Mar. 25 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Mar. 28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Mar. 31 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Apr. 1 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
Apr. 4 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Apr. 7 – Springfield, MO @ Great Southern Bank Arena
Apr. 8 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
Apr. 11 – Casper, WY @ Ford Wyoming Center
Apr. 13 – Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena
Apr. 14 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
Apr. 17 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
Apr. 19 – Stockton, CA @ Stockton Arena
Apr. 22 – Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Bank Arena
Apr. 23 – Fresno, CA @ SaveMart Center
Apr. 25 – Palm Springs, CA @ Acrisure Arena