You may have heard, three members of the band Journey made a visit to the White House recently, meeting with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and posing for photos with Trump in the Oval Office and staffers. Journey guitarist and founder Neal Schon was not one of them and he was NOT happy about it.
He has spent the last week expressing his EXTREME displeasure with the situation on Twitter and implying that it might mean the end of the band. He says he’s not mad the it’s Trump, but the fact that his bandmates declared any political leanings at all. He Tweeted,
“We’ve been asked many times”
to come to the Obama White House, but turned them down.
Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain have had an ongoing political and religious beef. Cain is now married to Paula White, a megachurch televangelist who is Trump’s personal minister and chairs his administration’s evangelical advisory board. Schon doesn’t like religion or politics (especially not both) mixed with his rock.
But Cain isn’t the only member who’s embraced Trump. Singer Arnel Pineda (who joined in 2007) was at the White House appearance, also posted about it glowingly on social media.
The current schism seems to have put Schon in a nostalgic mood about his collaborations with Steve Perry, the band’s original lead singer. Maybe this will be the silver lining to all this mess; getting Schon and Perry back together again.
If Trump doesn’t blow the planet up next week.
(Photo, Twitter, via Spin)