Journey guitarist Neal Schon is suing bandmate Jonathan Cain over allegations that he’s blocking entry to “vital” monetary information — the most recent in a string of authorized clashes amongst members of the enduring ’80s rock band.
In a lawsuit filed final month in California state courtroom, Schon accused Cain — the one different core band member remaining from Journey’s heyday — of refusing to provide him entry to information from an American Categorical account, by way of which he claims that “hundreds of thousands in Journey funds have flowed.”
As fifty-fifty co-owners of the band’s company entity, Schon says every of them has a proper to examine all monetary information, however claims that Cain has “improperly restricted and blocked” him from seeing the Amex information for months.
“This motion is delivered to flip the lights on, so to talk, and procure vital monetary data Schon has been making an attempt to acquire however has been denied,” his legal professionals wrote in an Oct. 31 criticism. “Schon has tried to keep away from authorized motion, repeatedly requesting that Cain grant him entry to the AMEX account [but] Cain has not been forthcoming and cooperative, making this motion vital.”
The case is hardly the primary authorized battle amongst Journey members.
Again in 2020, Schon and Cain filed a lawsuit towards former drummer Steven Smith and former bassist Ross Valory, accusing them of partaking in an “tried company coup d’état” to improperly use the Journey band identify. That case ended last year with an “amicable settlement” that noticed Smith and Valory depart the band.
And in September, former lead singer Steve Perry took legal action to cease Schon and Cain from registering federal emblems on the names of most of the band’s greatest hits, together with “Anyway You Need It” and “Wheel In The Sky.” Perry, who left Journey in 1998, says his ex-mates can’t unilaterally use the music names as a result of the trio signed a partnership settlement requiring unanimous consent. The case stays pending.
Not like the sooner instances, the brand new lawsuit over the Amex account pits Schon and Cain towards each other. Schon says every of them ought to have “unfettered entry” to all monetary information, however that Cain “arrange the account in order that solely he’s approved to entry the information and data.”
And from the wording of the criticism, it appears like Schon’s gripes probably go deeper than a single bank card.
“Cain is interfering with Journey, refusing to answer reserving alternatives, blocking fee to band members, crew, and distributors, refusing to execute vital working paperwork, and in different methods as effectively,” Schon’s legal professionals wrote. “Cain has additional refused to cope with vital, time-sensitive touring contracts for Journey’s 2023 tour and guarantee fee for band members and crew, who Cain contends are ‘non-essential.’ Schon believes these band and crew who’re essential to the band’s success ought to be paid. Cain’s conduct is inexplicable.”
A rep for Cain didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Monday.
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