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Journey’s Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain Feuding Online

 Journey is currently on tour in the US with Asia, but that hasn’t stopped a dispute from happening within the band.

Just months after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, guitarist, and founding member, Neal Schon has made his issues with long-time keyboardist Jonathan Cain public.

Cain posted on his Instagram page, “I want to be elevated by whom I play with, not feel like I’ve got cement shoes,” “If anyone is unhappy they are not running my band, then they should leave.”

The duo has argued before, as recent as 2011, disagreeing on the band’s direction for the album Eclipse. In Schon’s social media post, it now appears to be a more personal issue, citing Cain’s marriage, as well as discussing faith and politics not belonging in their music.

 

 

“I’ve stated how I felt about mixing religion and politics and how our music is not of one religion – Democratic or Republican,” Schon said in the same Instagram update. “This is and has been an issue with myself Mr. Cain and his now wife, since he married. I’ve had to fight this whole time to protect the brand I built with Steve Perry, way before Gregg and I picked Cain to replace himself when he wanted to retire from the road back then. Well frankly, I’m tired of having to defend all by my self. [Fellow co-founding Journey member] Ross [Valory] is no help.”

Cain appeared to address the issue last night, but by then, Schon had changed his Twitter handle to “Neal Schon’s JRNY”, and posted  “As Jon Cain said to me when we started to rebuild: You have keys and you are the main member,”  “Convenient amnesia; I still have the keys.” He also retweeted a series of fan messages underlining his own arguments. “I’m not the problem,” Schon added, in another tweet.

 

Steve Smith: Perry Passed the Torch’ to Arnel Pineda at Hall of Fame

After 12 years, Steve Perry joined his former Journey band members on stage to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to drummer Steve Smith, when Perry decided not to sing, he “passed the torch” to the band’s current vocalist Arnel Pineda.

 

Smith spoke to Las Vegas Weekly and discussed the level of interaction he had with Perry during the HOF induction. “Whatever you saw onstage was it! I think some of the guys saw him backstage for a little bit, but I just saw him onstage. It was great to see him. He was very gracious. I thought he gave a beautiful speech, thanking the band, the management and the fans. And also he acknowledged Arnel, which was really a beautiful moment. It really makes it clear that he’s passing the torch to Arnel. He’s the lead singer in Journey and he’s doing an amazing job. He’s a tremendous singer and a really compelling frontman.”
On the subject of speculation that Perry had considered singing at the induction, Smith said: “There’s really not much of a story there. We asked him if he wanted to sing, and he declined – he said no, but that he would be there.”

 

Neal Schon’s Theory on Why Steve Perry Didn’t Sing With Journey at Hall of Fame

Steve Perry didn’t perform with Journey at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last week. Neal Schon thinks he knows why.

Schon says that all of the emotion from the event kept Perry from joining the band during the performance part of their induction. “Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it’s understandable to me that he wouldn’t want to sing. It was just highly emotional,” Schon said.

Instead, Journey performed with their singer of 10 years, Arnel Pineda. Though the reunion didnt’ occur, Schon is still glad he could reconnect with Pery.

“I looked at him and said, ‘Hey man, I really miss you,’” Schon tells Rolling Stone. “There was very good eye contact. It was real. It wasn’t just things being said because of the ceremony and to keep things cool.”

“He was tearing up. I was definitely tearing up; I had tears running down my eyes,” Schon added. “I was trying to keep my composure on the stage for that event, but it was something that was too strong.”

 

 

Tune in later this month when the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs on HBO. The show premieres on April 29.

Steve Perry To Attend Journey’s Induction Into Rock Hall

Get your DVR’s set Journey fans.

Though Steve Perry has been relatively quiet when it comes to Journey’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th, former bandmate Jonathan Cain says that Perry will be there.

During and interview with the Dayton Daily News, Cain revealed one of the reasons he is looking forward to the ceremony is to catch up with Perry.
“The ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time,” said Cain. “So that’ll be fun.”

With the news coming out, people will expect a reunion, even if it’s just for the night. Cain, however, does not see that happening.

“As far as we know, he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle,” he added. “That’s all I know, unless something changes.”
Current Journey singer Arnel Pineda will be on hand to “represent very well, like he always does”, according to the Journey Keyboardist.
“Arnel has been consistently on the road for 10 years now,” pointed out Cain. “I don’t think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has. When we think back to the Steve Perry days, he wasn’t in the band for 10 years straight, faithfully being the road singer.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Presenters For Journey and ELO

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 7th, and the Hall has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone reports that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be inducted by Dhani Harrison. This comes from the long-time friendship and collaboration between Dhani’s father, George Harrison, and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Pat Monahan, frontman of Train, will be on hand to induct Journey.

The Rock Hall’s most recent announcements come after earlier word that Neil Young, Rush, and Jackson Browne would be on hand as presenters. Young will be inducting his buddies Pearl Jam, Rush welcomes Yes to the Hall, and Browne will be brought to the stage to induct Baez.

 

Also on tap for the night, is a special Rock Hall tribute to Prince, performed by Lenny Kravitz. It is assumed that the tribute will include some of Kravitz’s favorite Prince songs. “Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died,” Kravitz wrote after Prince’s death last year. “He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”

 

Asia Will Bring Back Steve Howe for John Wetton Tribute Shows

Asia will be doing a series of tribute shows for their late frontman John Wetton, who passes away in January. The band announced that their former guitarist, and current Yes member, Steve Howe will rejoin the band for these shows. The concerts will also feature Foreigner and John Parr.

After Wetton passed, the band’s future was thought to be in jeopardy, especially when the upcoming U.S. tour was announced with Journey. However, the rest of the band; guitarist Sam Coulson, drummer Carl Palmer, and keyboardist Geoff Downes had already hired Billy Sherwood to front the supergroup.

“A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, four dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show,” Asia posted on their Facebook page. “Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe.”

“My heart breaks, understanding the circumstances,” Sherwood said of replacing Wetton. “I shall work very hard to maintain the integrity and musical standards expected.” You can see the list of dates for the tribute shows below.

Asia U.K. Tribute to John Wetton, With Foreigner and John Parr
Nov. 26 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov. 27 – London Royal Albert Hall
Nov. 29 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Nov. 30 –  Manchester O2 Apollo

Journey/Asia Add Summer Tour Dates

Journey and Asia hit the road for their co-headlining tour in March, but they’re already looking to add multiple dates to extend their time together.

The tour will pick up after Journey’s residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to take up most of May. Journey and Asia are booked to reunite starting June 5 in Tulsa, the first in a lengthy series of freshly announced shows that currently lasts until the middle of the following month, when they’ll stop in El Paso on July 15. Check out the new shows below, and visit Journey’s site for a complete list of dates, individual venue details and ticketing information.
It isn’t yet known whether Asia frontman John Wetton will be part of the lineup for the tour’s summer leg. As previously reported, he was forced to pull out of the band’s spring dates — including an appearance on Yes‘ Cruise to the Edge — due to chemotherapy treatment for his ongoing cancer battle.
Journey and Asia 2017 Summer Tour
6/05 — Tulsa, Okla.
6/07 — Tupelo, Miss.
6/09 — New Orleans, La.
6/11 — Greenville, S.C.
6/12 — Greensboro, N.C.
6/14 — Baltimore, Md.
6/16 — Uncasville, Ct.
6/17 — Atlantic City, N.J.
6/19 — Worcester, Mass.
6/21 — Rochester, N.Y.
6/22 — Windsor, Ontario
6/24 — Mount Pleasant, Mich.
6/25 — Toledo, Ohio
6/27 — Huntington, W.V.
6/28 — Louisville, Ky.
6/30 — Sioux City, Iowa
7/01 — Welch, Iowa
7/03 — Springfield, Mo.
7/05 — Southaven, Miss.
7/06 — Orange Beach, Ala.
7/08 — Pelham, Ala.
7/09 — Omaha, Neb.
7/12 — Sugar Land, Texas
7/13 — Laredo, Texas
7/15 — El Paso, Texas

 

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