Arnel Pineda Gives Ultimatum To Neal Schon
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The lead singer of Journey, Arnel Pineda, gave Neal Schon an ultimatum via Twitter by saying that the band could fire him at any time if they wish to do so.
Recent tweets from Pineda were probably influenced by “advisory” comments of Schon’s wife, Michaele, who previously posted on Facebook. Schon stated that the two band members weren’t too pleased about having to share the stage with the former keyboardist Gregg Rolie.
Michaele defended Journey’s reunion with founding member Rolie. She then pointed out that the Schon family loves Rolie and that Jonathan Cain, with whom Schon had been at odds, and “the other guy in the band,” including Pineda, should respect Schon since he was the one who brought them to the band. She also mentioned that everyone should pray for Cain and Pineda to change their ways and develop their spirituality.
The Schon family’s joint Facebook account noted the following:
“We love Gregg! Cain and the other guy in the band forgot where they came from. Neal hired both Cain and the other guy. Sad. Let’s pray they learn spirituality someday.”
Apparently, after hearing about this comment, Pineda delivered an ultimatum to Schon suggesting that if the band was weary of him, they could fire him anytime they wanted. The rocker then responded that he required no lectures on spirituality, addressing Michaele’s wish. He continued by saying that he had served his time and never lost sight of where he came from. He therefore wouldn’t accept any of these “threats.”
Pineda’s ‘ultimatum’ addressed to his bandmates, mainly Schon, stated:
“[I’m] with the band to sing the legacy. If some of them are tired of me being with them, with all means, they can fire me anytime. And don’t lecture me about spiritual bullsh*t.
“All I know is [that] I’ve paid my dues. So stop reminding me where I came from… [because] It’s in my heart every day. You just don’t pay attention. I’m not a slave; I’m a human being like anybody else. Wrong is wrong, [and] right is right. [It’s] that simple.”