Legendary Journey singer Steve Perry has taken legal action against Neal Schon over the trademarks of 20 of the group’s biggest songs.
Perry‘s petition notes:
“No partner may authorize, approve or disapprove any use or exploitation, or grant or license any rights in or to any group compositions, in whole or in part, (including, without limitation, the titles thereof) in connection with any product or otherwise, without the prior, written, unanimous consent of all of the partners.”
“What a bunch of total crap.
“Here’s how it goes friends.
“Jon Cain calls a board of directors meeting out of nowhere then before I found out about the meeting Jonathan came to me and said he didn’t like what they (Ross [Valory, then-JOURNEY bassist;] [Steve] Smith [then-JOURNEY drummer;] Perry and Herbie [Herbert, former JOURNEY manager]) were planning. On that meeting, Steve Ross Smith and Herbie voted myself and Cain off the board of directors and Steve and all voted Ross in my place and Smith in Jons.
“They all knew at this time I’d been investigating our Trade marks for years trying to get to the bottom of all corruption as we found ( my wife and I ) that nothing had ever been Trade Marked besides our music. They all went for a take over and it didn’t work. Quite simple.
“So the question is Why did Nobody else’s ( attorneys Steve‘s – who was actually ours at one time also and individual band attorneys and accountants) and other so-called trade mark attorneys help us do this ? It was a giant corrupted ring of people that either Management or accountants hired to work for us cashing in on all our merchandise till now.
“At this point, I decided to go for All album titles as well as song titles. The more we got educated on how Song Writing and Copyrights have NOTHING to do with Trade Marks.
“You haven’t heard the last of this friends. We are going to peel back the onion.
“Neal Schon JOURNEY Lead Guitarist – Founder – Manager”.