Journey's Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain Aligned Again After Bitter Public Feud
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
January 11, 2021
While the band eventually put the horse back in the barn, it became apparent last winter that not all was well in Journey when the band fired and sued co-founding bassist Ross Valory and longtime drummer Steve Smith, alleging the pair had plotted a "corporate coup d'état" against the guitarist and keyboardist.
Once bitter adversaries over politics, religion and creative credit, Schon and Cain are now closer allies than ever before.
"We found out that there was a lot of miscommunication that I felt was coming from management. The divide-and-conquer situation was going on," he said. "They were saying I said things that I didn't say. I heart it had happened with other bands from guitar techs that I had been with. It was happening in the Van Halen camp between Eddie [Van Halen] and Sammy [Hagar]. I was just like, 'I'm seeing the same scenario.'"
After longtime manager Irving Azoff tendered his resignation, Schon says he and Cain "talked everything out" and found out they were actually on much surer footing than they thought. The unexpected health of their partnership has since been reinforced creatively.
"Him and I are still very tight as songwriters," Schon continued. "There's still magic there. He's still creative amazing music — even without me. But us together, we create something that really sounds like Journey."
Journey's new lineup features Schon, Cain and singer Arnel Pineda, alongside returning bassist Randy Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist Jason Derlatka.
The band is planning a world tour and has a new studio album on the way this year.
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