Jonathan Cain

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16
Apr

JOURNEY Saga Continues With VALORY & SMITH Launching Counter Suit

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It looks like the now infamous JOURNEY (Nightmare Productions) board meeting wasn't a coup to overthrow NEAL SCHON and JONATHAN CAIN, but rather a move to stop Neal from registering the name JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, which the participants argued would devalue the JOURNEY name. Cain and Schon then declined to follwo through on a band movie deal, to which Arnel refused to sing on the then upcoming tour unless it went ahead!
 
 
"Balaban & Spielberger, LLP, attorneys representing Ross Valory, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and bass player for the iconic rock band Journey, filed a Cross-Complaint in Contra Costa County Superior Court on April 6, 2020, against fellow band members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. The Cross-Complaint attaches evidence that refutes the Schon and Cain allegations and sets forth multiple causes of action for monetary damages against Schon and Cain for the ramifications of their conduct in trying to wrongfully excise Valory from the band.
Journey’s lead guitarist, Neal Schon, and keyboardist, Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit on March 3, 2020, claiming Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith attempted to launch a “coup” to take over Nightmare Productions, Inc. (the corporate entity that controls the band’s name and trademark) in order to effectuate some amorphous retirement plan that is not described in the Complaint. An Answer filed by counsel defending Mr. Valory (Richard Charnley of Charnley Rian) against the Complaint’s allegations and the Cross-Complaint (filed by Andrew Spielberger of Balaban & Spielberger LLP) disputes and refutes these allegations.
Over the last four decades, Journey has reigned as one of America’s most successful rock bands producing ten platinum albums, eighteen Top 40 singles, and selling more than 75 million albums worldwide. Journey formed in 1973 the same year it created Nightmare Productions Inc., which holds the rights to the band’s trademark and other intellectual properties.
According to Valory’s attorney, Andrew Spielberger, “Ross is shocked and devastated by the conduct of his lifelong bandmates (Schon and Cain) and is disappointed that there was never any attempt to sit down and discuss what is most likely a misunderstanding and something that easily could have been worked out.”
So SMITH and VALLOY have launched a counter-suit for the following:
 
CROSS-COMPLAINT FOR:
1. INDUCING BREACH OF CONTRACT
2. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH CONTRACTUAL RELATIONS
3. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
4. NEGLIGENT INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
5. INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
6. BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
7. FALSE LIGHT
8. BREACH OF COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING
9. ACCOUNTING
10. DECLARATORY RELIEF DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
 
From within the filing:
 
"Revenue data from past live Tour and Corporate Show performances from 2017 and 2018 in conjunction with anticipated revenues for a 2020 tour demonstrate that revenues approximate one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000.)"
 
"Following the legitimate Notice of a Special Shareholders Meeting, upon information and belief, Neal Schon’s agent(s) then informed members of the JOURNEY band as well as Shareholders in Nightmare Productions, Inc. that Neal Schon would not sign off on a (separate) movie deal with Warner Bros. Pictures as long as the Shareholders of Nightmare Productions, Inc. insisted on going forward with the noticed Special Shareholders Meeting set for 2/13/20.   Upon information and belief, Cross-Defendant Neal Schon, and Cross-Defendant Jonathan Cain indicated their refusal to sign off on the Warner Bros. Pictures movie deal regarding the band JOURNEY (having an adverse effect on Arnel Pineda), unless the 2/13/20 scheduled Shareholders and Directors Meeting was canceled. Subsequently, upon information and belief, since the 2/13/20 meeting was not being canceled, a purported discussion between both Cross-Defendants and Arnel Pineda took place informing Arnel Pineda of Cross-Defendants’ decision to cancel the movie deal.  Ultimately, upon information and belief, Mr. Pineda refused to sing with Journey if the movie deal did not go forward.  The Cross-Defendants relented and allowed the movie deal to proceed."
 
More to come...
 
 

 

 
Wed
04
Mar

JOURNEY vs JOURNEY - Smith & Valory Sued & Fired by Schon & Cain

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JOURNEY’S Neal Schon & Jonathan Cain have put recent tensions behind them to launch an extraordinary lawsuit against fellow band members Steve Smith and Ross Valory.
 
Smith & Valoy have been fired, effective immediately.
 
Steve Perry votes with...??
 
What the hell is going on?
 
 
It seems Smith & Valory were attempting to take control of the band’s business entity Nightmare Productions to guarantee a better pay-day for after their retirement.
 
Here’s one summary:
 
[The] defendants attempted to launch an ill-conceived corporate coup d'état to assume control of Nightmare Productions because they incorrectly believe that Nightmare Productions controls the Journey name and Mark. They hope that, by taking over Nightmare Productions, they can hold the Journey name hostage and set themselves up with a guaranteed income stream after they stop performing. Smith and Valory began their campaign to take control of Nightmare Productions in December 2019 by conspiring to oust Schon and Cain from control.
 
Schon & Cain hit back with this:
 
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Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Valory:
 
This firm is counsel for Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon.
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain are the remaining principal members of the band Journey.
 
Unfortunately, your recent actions, in concert with others, have demonstrated that you are no longer acting in the best interests of the band. As set forth in a Complaint filed today in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California, you both participated in a scheme to takeover
one of the band’s entities, Nightmare Productions, Inc., in breach of your fiduciary obligations.
 
You did so to enrich yourselves at the expense of our clients and to the detriment of the band. Our clients have lost all confidence in you and are not willing to perform with you.
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain, through Elmo Partners, hold the sole exclusive, irrevocable license to the Journey name and all associated rights (the “Journey Mark”). Specifically, pursuant to the Trademark License Agreement, dated January 15, 1985, Nightmare Productions,
Inc. provided this license to Elmo Partners. The agreement provides that the license shall continue “until the date upon which none of Stephen Perry, Neal Joseph Schon, or Jonathan Cain is actively engaged in a professional music career utilizing the name “JOURNEY.”
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain shall continue to pursue their music careers under the name Journey. Elmo Partners therefore retains and will continue to hold the exclusive, irrevocable license to the Journey Mark. Pursuant to the Agreement between the Elmo Partners, Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain control the Journey Mark. Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain are expressly authorized to perform together under the Journey Mark, with or without anyone else.
 
You have absolutely no rights to the Journey Mark and are not authorized to use the Journey Mark in any way. Effective immediately, you are no longer members of the band Journey and cannot perform under the name Journey.
 
If you act in contravention of our clients’ rights, please be advised that we will take all legal steps to protect the rights of our clients.
 
Nothing contained herein is intended to waive any and all rights of Mr. Cain and Mr. Schon, and all such rights and remedies are expressly reserved.”
 
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You can read the whole complaint, the evidence against and see Steve Perry vote with Schon & Cain to maintain the business status quo.
 
 
 
WOW!
 
Mon
05
Jun

Is NEAL SCHON'S JRNY Something To Watch For

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DIVORCE, GOD, MARRIAGE, PORN, SABOTAGE AND JEALOUSY....Just another day in Journey.
 
 
It seems something has broken the camel's back in the Journey camp, with Neal Schon filling social media today with cryptic talk of inner turmoil in the world of Journey.
 
Although officially the word is "No", something is definitely transpiring between founding member Neal Schon and long time keyboardist Jonathan Cain.
 
It appears that Jonathan's marriage to high profile Pastor Paula White in 2015 is the catalyst. It is the third marriage for both.
At the time Cain said: “She gave me the news that God loved me and wanted his son back. She spoke to the king in me and gave me new hope I could get right with God. The God I had hungered for, the Father I had been missing.”
 
White remains the personal minister to President Trump and chairs his Evangelical Advisory Board. She became the first woman ever to pray the invocation at a presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.
 
Of his recent Christian solo album Cain stated: “This is my love letter to God. It’s my thanks for the grace He gives me.”
 
Shortly after marrying, Cain was caught up in a controversy when addressing a congregation both were preaching to, when he suggested methods for wives to get to know what their husband’s like, saying: “figure it out. Get a book, get some porn, do something. If he likes to watch porn, watch porn with him, you know what I mean…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSi1yV0laeA
 
Now Neal has taken to Instagram and Twitter – under the recent new handle “Neal Schon’s JRNY” to post the following:
 
“Bringing it every night. 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. God has bigger plans.”
 
“Yes I've stated how I felt about mixing Religion and Politics and how our music is not of 1 religion - democratic or republican. 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. Ross is no help. I continue to grow and be completely creative and want to take the band Neal Schon's JRNY on an exciting new trip musically. Yes we will always have all hits to play But there must be musical growth also. I also need to surround myself with people that care as I do. I'll never stop.”
 
“I've finally gotten to the point of Enough. Im a very patient person - so I've been told by many including Carlos Santana and he's said wow - How and Why do you do it ? I did it out of love but not receiving any back. They don't give a shit so now I don't either. Your skin becomes tough but it has to to endure ... bottom line I'll always be JRNY as it's been my baby from birth. Herbie and Steve Perry will tell you the same as he did at RRHOF  thank you Steve for the truth.”
 
“No worries. I will not cave about my beliefs or protecting Journey as I always have. I believe in God.”
 
Now a news item about the Woody Guthrie Center honouring Neal has been removed from all Google references and the originating news site, with Neal claiming jealousy and sabotage are at play. "Wow this national story has already been removed from google and channel 6 site here in Tulsa Oklahoma. This is totally criminal sabotage but it will not stop the actual ceremony tomorrow..."
 
As of right now a lot of fans are joining in the conversation to back Neal - an example of which is below.
 
Stay tuned for more…
 
 
 
 
 
Thu
30
Mar

JOURNEY: Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Perry Reveal Hall Of Fame Career

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - March 30, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands maps out Journey’s long road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a two-part, two week career-spanning radio special. 
 
From 1981 to 1986 the biggest band in America was Journey. This band from “the city by the bay” sold more than 30 million records in that short time. Millions of people have seen them perform live over years of nearly endless touring to this day. Journey songs became the soundtrack for a whole generation of fans “raised on radio” and for new generations of fans of TV shows like The Sopranos and Glee.  It’s hard to imagine anyone who has grown up in America over the last 40 years who has not been touched in some way by the music of Journey.
The musical Journey began in 1973 with two former members of Santana, Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, looking to form an ambitious musical outfit to perform rock fusion and rule the live music circuit. There would be multiple member changes, but none more important than the addition of singer Steve Perry.  In Part 1 episode, Gregg, Neal and Steve speak with IN THE STUDIO producer and host Redbeard about the early incarnation of the band and the breakthrough success of their 1978 fourth album, Infinity.
 
“The real idea behind the band was ‘Let’s go play live’. We used to knock people out. In fact as (Journey’s manager) Herbie Herbert put it, we sold  more tickets than we did records then. People would come to see the band for the instrumentation and energy of it . It wasn’t following suit with anything else on the radio.”  - Gregg Rolie
 
“Everybody’s feeling at the time was, ‘Look, we’re all starving to death’, you know? And it’s time we gotta make a living at this or I was going to have to get a job selling ladies shoes or something. I wanted to play music and make a living at it.”  - Neal Schon
 
“I had no idea what I was in for. I really didn’tt realize what a real workhorse this band was until I’d say 178 shows later, that same tour, non stop. But I gotta tell you, I wouldn’t change one thing.”  -  Steve Perry
 
JOURNEY  Best Of  PART 1  /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/journey-best-1/
Part 2 will be available next week at: http://www.inthestudio.net
 

 

 
Fri
24
Feb

In The Studio - THE BABYS

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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February 23, 2017, Dallas, TX -  InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  takes a look at a late ‘70s contender, The Babys, with a candid conversation with singer John Waite and keyboardist Jonathan Cain on the 40th anniversary year of their first hit “Isn’t It Time?”

That first musically ambitious Top 15 single from the original band of Waite, Michael Corby, Tony Brock, and Wally Stocker created enough momentum for the British quartet to inspire The Babys’ breakout 1979 album Head First, which itself peaked at # 22 and produced another Top 15 hit single “Every Time I Think of You”.  But after 1980’s Union Jacks album, which delivered “Back on My Feet Again” and the infectious “Midnight Rendezvous”, the band stumbled figuratively and, in lead singer John Waite’s unfortunate case, quite literally. But how? John Waite and Jonathan Cain share with In The Studio host Redbeard their own personal recollections of life in rock’s neo-natal unit trying to grow in America as The Babys.

“We went on the road a lot... They (record company) wouldn’t let a day go by without us doing something. We’d play in the cafeteria of some college and then go play a major gig at night, or we’d fly to Japan the next morning after a major three week outing playing everywhere in America... It was a real whirlwind. It was a great time.” - John Waite

“There are a lot of reasons why we disbanded. I guess the biggest reason was the money, the past and all the (management) mistakes that were made... It was like a snowball rolling down a hill and there wasn’t really any stopping it.” - Jonathan Cain

THE BABYS @ 40 / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/babys-40th-anniversary...
 

 

 
Thu
10
Jul

JIMMY BARNES CELEBRATES 30 YEARS AS A SOLO ARTIST WITH 30/30 ANNIVERSARY RELEASE

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Friday, August 29, 2014
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It’s the album of his career – literally.
 
To celebrate 30 years as a solo artist, Jimmy Barnes is revisiting some of his biggest hits, collaborating with some of his favourite artists; Keith Urban, The Living End, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens plus more.
“I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary,” Jimmy explains. “There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a better idea – I’ll get all my favourite acts and sing with them!”
Jimmy re-visits ‘Good Times’ with Keith Urban, ‘I’d Die To Be With You Tonight’ with Diesel, and ‘Stand Up’ with his daughter Mahalia.
 
The album also includes brand new recordings of ‘Working Class Man’, which sees Jimmy reunited with the song’s writer, Journey’s Jonathan Cain, as well as ‘Ride The Night Away’, featuring the song’s co-writer Little Steven Van Zandt from the E Street Band.
“We’ve actually kicked some new life into the songs,” Jimmy says. “I think when people hear the record, they will get the sense that these are very modern takes on these songs. They sound fresh and they sound new and they sound alive.”
The first single is a blistering version of ‘Lay Down Your Guns’, featuring The Living End. “We got into the studio and within four bars of playing the song I knew it was the right marriage of song and artist,” Jimmy says. “It was a rollercoaster from there – I just got on and enjoyed the ride. It was fantastic.”
 
Chris Cheney from The Living End recalls “We’ve recorded with Jimmy twice now and he’s really great to work with. No messing around, just get in and get it done! ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ was the first song I thought of when Jimmy asked up to be part of this project. I can remember going to see him at Rod Laver Arena in 1990 and this song kicked ass.  It’s way above my range as a singer but he still sings it in the original key. He just gets in there and nails it!”
The new recordings are brilliantly complemented by original versions selected from across 30 years of Jimmy Barnes hits.    Appropriately the 30/30 album will be available almost 30 years to the day from the release of Jimmy’s chart-topping debut solo album Bodyswerve in September 1984.

“Thirty years ago, I’d just left Cold Chisel,” Jimmy recalls. “It was a frightening prospect going out on my own. Luckily for me, I had a great ally, partner and sounding board in Michael Gudinski.”
Fast-forward 30 years and Jimmy is still recording for Liberation, part of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group.

Jimmy Barnes has released 14 studio albums in the past 30 years.  Nine of those albums have reached number one – more than any other Australian artist.
Produced by Kevin Shirley (Cold Chisel, Silverchair, Aerosmith), the 30/30 album not only celebrates the phenomenal career to date of one of Australia’s foremost musicians but also illustrates Jimmy’s continuing relevance within the contemporary Australian music scene, both as a recording and a touring artist.

In celebration of his 30th Anniversary Jimmy Barnes will be embarking on a tour later this year, playing a select number of A Day On The Green wineries nationally, with full details to be announced soon.
 
The tracklisting includes:
 
1. Going Down Alone, Journey
2. Good Times, Keith Urban
3. I’d Die To Be With You Tonight, Diesel
4. Lay Down Your Guns, The Living End
5. Ride The Night Away, Little Steven (Van Zandt)
6. Stand Up, Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates
7. Time Will Tell, Baby Animals
8. Working Class Man, Jonathan Cain (Journey)
9. Still On Your Side, Bernard Fanning
10. I’d Rather Be Blind, Jon Stevens
11. When Your Love Is Gone, John Farnham
12. Love & Hate, Shihad
13. The Other Kind, Trot Cassar-Daley
14. Walk On, David Campbell
15. Stone Cold, Tina Arena
 
 
From jimmybarnes.com:
 
Hi all,

To celebrate 30 years as a solo artist, I’m releasing an album revisiting some of my biggest hits and collaborating with a whole swag of my favourite artists. I wanted to do something special for the 30th Anniversary and there was talk of a tribute album, but that would have taken me out of the picture. So I’ve thought of a better idea - I’ll get all my favourite acts and sing with them.
After 30 years and 14 studio albums I wanted to do something special while reflecting on the moments, songs and other artists who have shared the journey.
This album will see the likes of Keith Urban, The Living End, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, Jon Stevens, David Campbell, Mahalia Barnes sharing the mic with me and more to be announced in time.
You might have noticed some pictures of the studio sessions on my Facebook and Twitter page over the past six months. It’s been tough trying to keep the project a secret during this time, so it’s wonderful to be able to announce it this morning.
The album will be on shelves August 29 through Liberation, appropriately almost 30 years to the day from the release of my debut solo album Bodyswerve in September 1984.

In celebration of my 30th Anniversary I’ll be embarking on a tour later this year, playing a select number of A Day On The Green wineries nationally, with full details to be announced soon. 
I’ve got a few more exciting things up my sleeve for you all to be announced in due course, so stay tuned.
You can read all about the release in Kathy McCabe’s feature online here:
See it now!
 
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