Earlier Trip frontman Steve Perry has taken issue with one of the band’s current business practices and has filed a petition to cancel the trademark registrations filed by two of the band’s other members back in 2020.
According to Ultimate classic rockPerry filed the petition against longtime Journey members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain, claiming the couple had applied to register 20 travel tracks through Freedom JN LLC for use in marketing hats, T-shirts, athletic jackets and other accessories, a move he did not agree to. The singer claims the 2020 filing violated an earlier agreement that stipulated that agreements must be entered into with the “prior, unanimous written consent of all partners in each instance.”
The petition lists the following tracks for which the trademark registration will now be re-evaluated: “Good Morning Girl”, “Only the Young”, “Trial By Fire”, “Any Way You Want It”, “Stay Awhile”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezein’,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Raised on Radio,” “When You Love a Woman,” “Open Arms,” ”Still They Ride,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Hopelessly in Love,” “Send Her my love”, “After the Fall”, “Girl Can’t Help It”, “Ask the Lonely”, “I’ll Be Alright Without You”, “Stone in Love” and “Separate Ways.” Perry’s petition was filed in Woodland Hills, California that September. 11, 2022.
Journey went on hiatus after the band’s 1987 Raised on the radio tour, but the singer returned in 1995 for their reunion tour and the 1996 album Trail By Fire. In 1998, Perry would once again bow out as the band’s lead singer, but the band continued with Steve Augeri fronting the group until 2006, Jeff Scott Soto taking over vocals between 2006-2007 and Arnel Pineda joining the band in 2007. Perry was with the band at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017.
Tensions resurfaced within the band in 2021 when longtime bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were started from the group as they tried to gain control over the band’s business decisions. Schon and Cain were able to use their 1998 written agreement with Perry to retain their rights to the group’s name and trademark and tofinancial settlement was met with Valory and Smith while the group continued without them.
In July of this year, Schon stated in an interview that he began to rekindle his friendship with Perry, although they noted that they were not trying to get back together musically. Schon also noted that much of their discussion centered around Journey’s trademark. In a separate interview in July, Schon stated that he wouldn’t rule out a return from Steve Perry when the discussion turned to celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary.