Neal Schon Clarifies Details About Steve Perry’s Lawsuit
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: Inductees Steve Perry and Neal Schon of Journey speak onstage during the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The broadcast will air on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on HBO. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Following the hot issue between Journey and the band’s former lead singer Steve Perry, a petition against his former bandmates Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain to cancel the trademark registrations of 20 Journey tracks was filed by Perry.
In the petition, Perry claims that according to an earlier deal, these kinds of agreements needed to be made with the consent of all members. Thus, Perry wanted to prevent Schon and Cain from enabling the merchandise usage of the band’s work.
Schon replied to this attack by saying that “they wanted to protect the band’s rights with that agreement by registering for a trademark. So, it was necessary to secure the band’s financial sources.” Later on, Schon accused Perry that maybe he’s just acting out of jealousy that’s why he filed a legal action against the band.
Now, it looks like they will still be at each other’s throats in the coming days since Schon keeps on tweeting attacks against Perry through his Twitter account. However, people started engaging in the issue and some of them were being slammed by Schon too. For an instance, one user said:
“I swear Neal is trying to goad Steve into responding.. he doesn’t respond to this stuff ever. There’s always a good reason for what’s happening, but hearing only one side of it, how can anyone pass judgment?”
Schon responded by saying:
“I respond because I speak the truth. No need to hide behind someone else.”
Then another user wrote:
“Herbie Herbert was a nightmare shareholder, and all six shareholders were invited to the 2020 meeting. Perry sent Tim Jorstad as a proxy to protect his interests but otherwise didn’t show (thus again proving that ‘The Real Music Observer’ has no idea what he’s talking about).”
Schon said into his defense:
“You are 100% incorrect. I was on the call. Steve P verbally voted with Ross Smith and Herbie. Not sure whom you’re getting your information from, but it is 100% incorrect.”
While, someone else tweeted:
“Perry’s latest filing isn’t about merch, specifically. He’s contesting the trademarking of the song titles without his consent and the consent of the third party to whom, he states, NS and JC sold their rights to the songs. Of course, the titles might be used on merch.”
“Again, songwriting and trademark titles have nothing to do with each other. Google it and get educated, please.”