Trip keyboardist Jonathan Cain has filed a counterclaim against bandmate and guitarist Neal Schon for allegedly charging over $1 million in personal expenses to the band’s joint American Express card, including a one-month $400,000 shopping spree.
Schon and Cain have been involved in a bitter, highly publicized legal battle over the past several months as guitarists previously sued the keyboardist for “improperly limit[ing]” his access to financial documents associated with the shared American Express card. The card account is linked to Nomota, the limited liability company that Cain and Schon established in 1998, in which they both have a 50% share.
In a countersuit filed last Friday in California and seen by UCR, Cain accused Schon of “misusing” the card to “pay his personal expenses,” alleging that the guitarist “had serious financial problems as a result of an extravagant lifestyle. “
The lawsuit alleges that between May 2021 and the fall of 2022, Schon “brought over $1 million in personal expenses to be debited to the AMEX account.” Nearly half of this came from a one-month period in which Schon allegedly spent $400,000 on Chrome Hearts jewelry, merchandise from Bergdorf Goodman department store and personal insurance premiums, among other expenses.
In addition, the suit lists Cain as the personal guarantor of the shared American Express card, making him personally liable for the expenses. At one point, the keyboardist petitioned the credit card company to impose a $30,000 spending limit on Schon. Despite this limit, Schon allegedly “still managed to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional, excessive personal expenses through other travel staff and travel agents,” including hotel rooms exceeding $5,000 per person. night.
Schon’s attorney Skip Miller called Cain’s latest claims “ridiculous” and “as fake as a three-dollar bill” in a statement to Billboardchalked up the countersuit to “sour grapes” after Schon filed one cease and desist order against Cain last month demanding that the keyboardist stop playing Journey songs at rallies supporting former President Donald Trump.
Despite these legal wrangles, Journey is set to kick off their 50th anniversary tour next Friday in Durant, Okla. Original keyboardist Gregg Roley was rumored to join the trek, but Schon appeared to back on these allegations earlier this week. A preliminary hearing for Schon’s initial lawsuit against Cain is scheduled for March 3.