Trip will return to the road for their 50th anniversary tour later this month, but there’s been plenty of chatter about who exactly will be joining that run. In the midst of a legal battle between guitarists Neal Schon and keyboardist-guitarist Jonathan Cain over the band’s finances, Schon has been pushing to get the keyboardist back Gregg Roley on the run. Now the guitarist’s wife has revealed that Rolie’s return remains a point of contention within the group.
In a Facebook post to their shared website, Michaele Schon begins by commenting on how precious life is after the recent death of Jeff Beck. The topic then quickly turns to the band’s tour, with Michaele stating that “two band members of Journey’s current lineup are ‘firmly no’ to Gregg Rolie returning.”
Following this statement, she offers, “Life is so precious, Neal and Gregg agree. Who wants to feel that, really sad. Music is for inspiration and joy! Everyone loves you Gregg Rolie and respects who you are and everything, what you have been and are to Journey, because without you picking up Neal Schon from school, Journey wouldn’t exist.”
She goes on to add, “Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie will be somewhere together at least once this year in honor of what they started in 1972. Faith, let’s ask God to find a way for them. Let’s pray forgiveness to those who hurt Gregg Rolie and hope they learn what spirituality is one day. We all love you.”
Talk of Rolie’s return has emerged amid publicly aired tensions between Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain.
Back in October, it was announced that Journey would be on the road in 2023 with Toto as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Then, a month later, news of Schon’s trial against Kain was revealed. The guitarist claimed that he had been denied access to the band’s financial records and that Cain had set up an American Express card under the group’s name without telling him, and that “millions of Journey funds had flowed through it.”
Kain publicly refuted that Schon’s “reckless consumption” was at the issue of their dispute and that he always had access to the financial records but was seeking an extension of his spending limits.
Soon after, Schon began teases the possibility of Gregg Rolie’s return to the band for their 50th anniversary tour. Rolie plays keyboards and preceded Cain in the group. Then, last week while teasing the upcoming tour, Schon confirmed to a fan about the rumors of Rolie’s return, “You will see him.”
Also notable among the band’s in-fighting is that Schon filed a termination against Cain after the keyboardist joined in a sing-along of “Don’t Stop Believin'” with several right-wing politicians at an event at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Cain’s wife, televangelist Paula White-Cain, is Trump’s former spiritual advisor. Schon has too accused White-Cain of illegally accessing the band’s bank accountand claims her “signature has appeared on purported travel-related bank documents since at least July 2020.”
Earlier this week, Cain posted on social media that he was enjoying some time on the slopes before “on the road with Journey“, suggesting that he intends to remain in the group despite the current tensions and Schon’s talk of bringing Rolie back.
The latest lineup of Journey features Schon and Cain along with singer Arnel Pineda, drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Todd Jensen and keyboardist Jason Derlatka. The band released their first new album in 11 years, Freedom, last year. Tickets for the 50th anniversary tour, which also features Toto, are currently available here.
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