Neal Schon battled ‘Scare Tactics’ in Journey Legal Battle

Trip guitarist Neal Schon said he had endured “scare tactics” from lawyers – including his own – as he staged a fight to protect the band’s rights and legacy.

He explained that he had begun to feel suspicious of the way the group was being managed, going so far as to speak to parking attendants at shows to find out if ticket sales reports roughly matched the number of vehicles outside the venues.

In a recent interview with Classic rockhe said: “I managed to get out of the clutches of the old management we were with” when the fight ended in 2020. “I’m trying to think of an easy way to put it that you’re not going to twist “, he added.

“I fought so hard with everyone: management and accountants and lawyers. I was threatened by all the lawyers – even my own sometimes. I wanted to be sued by everyone just to [make me] go away. They really tried scare tactics. I said, ‘Screw it, man. I have the goods. Just try to fuck me.”

Schon claimed that he had felt he had to do what he had done. “I love music, I love playing the guitar, I’m a real musician,” he said. “But at the same time, it will be my 50th year in this band next year. The only founding member still here. I felt it was my duty to start paying attention and seeing what was going on, watching over the mother ship If anyone is going to make billions of dollars off us, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be us.”

He also remembered a fight with Rock & Roll Hall of Famewhen original keyboardist Gregg Rolie was not included in the band’s 2017 induction. “I refused to go without Gregg because he was there at the beginning with me and they didn’t want him,” he said. “Two days before we were actually going to the event, I said, ‘I’m not showing unless Gregg comes’. I stood my ground and they hated me for it.”

While he won his argument, he said the Rock Hall bosses never forgave him, ignoring the “pile of guitars” he had sent to be hung in their museum. “You know what? I don’t care,” he said.

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