Once we consider political musical acts who had their heyday within the ‘70s and ‘80s, the San Francisco rockers of Journey don’t even crack the highest 50. It’s not their fault the GOP loves ”Don’t Cease Believin’,” too, even when the Republicans appear to be projecting their religion onto the 1981 hit and in any other case lacking the purpose of how anybody—no matter coloration, creed, or proximity—could make it on this nation. (Now we’re those projecting, perhaps.)
However the band, whose present iteration solely options one founding member, Neal Schon, has principally tried to remain out of politics, utilizing break day for private pursuits that don’t embrace working for workplace. Journey did play the Republican Nationwide Conference in 2012, however declined to carry out finally 12 months’s gathering, which had a decidedly totally different tenor. That’s by design, as Schon informed The Tennessean (by way of USA At the moment) in 2016 that Journey is “a feel-good band” that’s all “about hope, pleasure, love and good issues in life,” and never, say, govt orders that ban individuals primarily based on faith or nation of origin.
Because it seems, although, Schon has been flying solo in these endeavors; his bandmates Arnel Pineda (who took over for Steve Perry), keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory are apparently prepared to hitch a journey aboard the Trump prepare. Cain, Pineda, and Valory all visited the White Home final week, and for that, Schon put them on blast on Fb.
Schon takes exception with headlines and references to Journey being in Washington, D.C. to satisfy with Trump, writing that with out his presence, the band “was not there.” It appears much less of a dig on the different members’ bona fides, and extra of a distinction that Cain, Pineda, and Valory attended as personal, non-Journey residents. Or perhaps not, as a result of he follows that up with “this clearly exhibits no respect or Unity, simply Divide.” Schon writes that every one the opposite guys “know my place and the way in which we’ve at all times been till now,” which is in accordance that “the music we created is for Everybody.”
Schon and Cain have been preventing over wading into political waters for some time now—the keyboardist has a solo “religion music” profession that in all probability fits his spouse, Paula White-Cain, simply advantageous. She is, in any case, the president’s “religious advisor.”
For his half, Schon seems to be poised to ditch his bandmates, tweeting that he’s “carried out.”
[by way of Billboard]
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