Neal Schon says he’s not here to take orders for the trip

Guitarist Neal Schon said he will not back down quickly when it comes to matters of Tripthe band he co-founded in 1973. It was another apparent dig at a bandmate Jonathan Cain.

“No one is going to dictate to me at this point what I can and cannot do in regards to Journey,” Schon wrote on Twitter. “I have not been here and not here to take orders – never have and never will. This is my band and I will own it as I must and make the right changes as needed.” When a reader asked who was trying to “dictate to you,” Schon, who often interacts with fans, replied“Take a guess.”

Schon recently hinted that Journey’s co-founder Gregg Roley may appear on the band’s upcoming 50 year anniversary trip. The guitarist shared a graphic on his Facebook page related to the trip, prompting one fan to comment: “I am so looking forward to this. Please tell me Gregg [Rolie] come along for the ride! He’s the better keyboard player and a co-founder – it only seems right. The timing couldn’t be better either!” Schon then replied, “You’ll see him.”

Rolie, who was the keyboard player for the band’s first six albums, as well as the singer on Journey’s first two LPs, wrote or co-wrote several of their early songs. He left Journey in 1980, but has occasionally collaborated with Schon over the past few decades. In 2019, Rolie performed at Schons Trip through time.

In November, Schon became shared a picture of himself and Rolie on Twitter, writing“Two original founding members. I think my brother Gregg Rolie should join us for [the] 2023 trip. What do you think, friends? He’ll spice it up and we’ll have a huge selection of songs to choose from. What would you like to hear for the 50th anniversary tour?” There has been no further word from Schon or Rolie on the matter.

Already recently sued keyboard player Cain for allegedly blocking him from obtaining “critical financial information” from the band’s credit card account. In response, Cain claimed it was Schon who had misused the account and run up “huge personal charges”. Schon then filed one cease and desist order against Cain, demanding that he stop playing Journey songs at political rallies supporting former President Donald Trump. A representative of Cain later listed that “Schon is just frustrated that he keeps losing in court and is now falsely claiming that the song has been used at political rallies.”

However, the guitarist has assured fans that the upcoming tour will not be affected by any of Journey’s lawsuits. A preliminary hearing for the lawsuit between Schon and Cain is scheduled for March 3.

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