Journey guitarist Neal Schon is suing bandmate Jonathan Cain over allegations he blocked access to “critical” financial records — the latest in a string of legal conflicts between members of the iconic ’80s rock band.
In a lawsuit filed last month in California state court, Sean alleges Cain — the only other core band member left over from Journey’s heyday — denied him access to records from an American Express account, through which he claims reports that “millions in journey funds” have flown away.
As fifty-fifty co-owners of the band’s corporate entity, Shawn says that each of them has the right to inspect all financial records, but claims that Cain “prevented” him from viewing Amex records for months. unreasonably restricted and blocked”.
His attorneys wrote in the October 31 complaint, “This action is brought to turn on the lights, to speak up, and to try to get Sean to turn over important financial information, but has been denied.” ” “Sean tried to avoid legal action, repeatedly requesting that Cain give him access to the AMEX account. [but] Cain is not cooperating further making this action necessary.
This case is hardly the first legal battle between the members of Journey.
Back in 2020, Shawn and Cain filed a lawsuit against former drummer Steven Smith and former bassist Ross Valeri, accusing them of “attempted corporate coup” for improperly using the Journey band name. That case ended last year with an “amicable settlement” in which Smith and Valeri departed the band.
And in September, former lead singer Steve Perry took legal action to prevent Sean and Cain from registering federal trademarks on the names of several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Anyway You Want It” and “Wheel in the Sky”. Perry, who left Journey in 1998, says his ex-partners cannot use the song names unilaterally because the three signed a partnership agreement that required unanimous consent. The matter remains pending.
Unlike the earlier cases, the new lawsuit over the Amex account pits Shawn and Cain against each other. Sean says that each of them should have “unfettered access” to all financial records, but Cain “set up the account so that only he is authorized to access records and information.”
And from the wording of the complaint, it sounds like Sean’s holdings potentially go deeper than a single credit card.
Sean’s lawyers wrote, “Cain is interfering with travel, refusing to respond to booking opportunities, withholding payments to band members, crew and vendors, refusing to execute required operating documents, Has been, and in other ways as well.” “Cain has refused to deal with critical, time-sensitive touring contracts for Journey’s 2023 tour and ensure payments for band members and crew, which Cain argues are ‘non-essential’ . Shawn believes that the band and crew who are vital to the band’s success should be paid. Cain’s conduct is beyond comprehension.”
A representative for Cain did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Read the full complaint here: