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Page Six has learned that two members of the famous rock band Journey are in a very un-rock ‘n’ roll legal war over financial records and an American Express card.
Original band member Neal Schon is suing bandmate Jonathan Cain, alleging in court documents that he set up the AmEx card without telling Schon and that “millions of Journey funds flowed through it.”
Schon’s lawyers also claim in the suit, filed in Contra Costa in California’s Bay Area, that Cain has not turned over financial records that would allow Schon to know how much the group owes him.
Relations in the band have been increasingly fragile in recent years, with the members bickering over everything from Donald Trump to an Aretha Franklin tribute.
Apparently, after a previous court battle with former bassist Ross Valory, Cain and Schon have formed a company that operates the band, Nomota, of which they each own 50 percent.
“As a member and manager and founder and leader of Journey,” the papers say, “Schon has the right to access and control Nomota’s books and records. Schon must have unfettered access to Nomota’s records so that he Nomota/Journey can supervise and manage.”
But the Journey singer claims that despite many requests for Cain to hand over key records, Cain kept him in the dark about their finances.
The papers also claim the case “is being brought to turn on the lights” and obtain “critical financial information,” which Schon allegedly tried to obtain but was denied.
“Nomota’s records also contain financial information necessary for Schon and his representatives to determine the proportion of Journey’s profits to which he is entitled as the founder and president of Journey,” the suit states.
“Schon’s right to Journey’s profits is controlled by Cain — Schon’s bandmate, who brought Schon into the group in the 1980s — and despite all his requests and efforts, Schon has been unable to gain full access.”
The suit continues, “Among other things, Nomota’s American Express account was set up so that only Cain had control of the account and access to its records. Upon information and belief, millions in Journey funds flowed through this AMEX account.”
According to court documents, Cain also allegedly kept telling Schon he would get access to the map – but that he would never be added to it.
In fact, Schon claims he only found out about the card because American Express told him it existed.