BIG Music News: Will Journey shut down?

JOURNEY:  Neal Schon is threatening to pull the plug on Journey

Journey guitarist Neal Schon is threatening to pull the plug on the band if he and keyboardist Jonathan Cain can't get on the same page.

Schon, who objects to Cain sharing his religious and political opinions in concert, tweets, "If we can't agree I'll shut it down and go to court over our name. As I said before I'll protect it forever..."

Schon's tweet barrage today also includes:

  • "Jonathan apparently is telling people that we are not getting along because of creative differences. Not so. We haven't been creative."
  • "Jonathan likes to say [our last album] Eclipse was not successful because it was not Journey friendly. It's my fault. Yes I wanted to rock but Jonathan wrote more than I did."
  • "I've worked my ass off. I attribute our current success to great decisions on my part and great songs we wrote."
  • "It's supposed to be an uplifting non-controlling atmosphere where people can feel one with the music. Not a scam... There's no way you win... everyone has different beliefs. It's not right. They come to be entertained, not brain washed."
  • "I do not want Journey used in any way to promote evangelical beliefs. 'We are One Nation under God.' I believe this not only for Journey but ALL concerts. Music is the ONLY universal language that brings us together - eliminating hate - Pure."
  • "Leave Journey music sacred. I don't care who wrote what. Its all Journey music."
  • "I don't believe in holding onto crap... brush it off and move on. Life is precious and short."

Journey has a show in New Orleans on Friday and Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday.

ABBA:  Solo projects headed to vinyl

Three solo albums by ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog, two from Anni-Frid Lyngstad and the rare Björn Ulvaeus-Benny Andersson collaboration from 1970 will be released on vinyl by Universal Music July 28th.

The four individual members explore a range of styles, from the understated folk-rock of Björn and Benny's 1970 outing, Lycka, to the contemporary pop-rock of Anni-Frid's 1982 album Something's Going On, produced by Phil Collins and the most successful project by any of the Swedish foursome outside the group.

  • Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson: Lycka (1970)
  • Frida: Ensam (1975)
  • Frida: Something’s Going On (1982)
  • Agnetha Fältskog: Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983)
  • Frida: Shine (1984)
  • Agnetha Fältskog: Eyes of a Woman (1985)


Jon Bon Jovi, Johnny Gill, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo and Pat Monahan of the group Train will be among the presenters and performers at next Thursday's Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductions at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

Cliff Richard reports on Facebook that he was "rehearsing with the band [and] realized Jeff Lynne and ELO were in the next-door studio. It would have been rude not to say 'Hi,' wouldn't it?!" A photo of the two British legends is now up on Cliff’s page.

Elton John has added 27 dates to his residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets for the new shows, which run October 11th through March 2nd, 2018, go on sale Saturday.

The Spinners and Little Anthony and the Imperials will bring a night of classic soul to Long Island, New York’s Theater at Westbury on October 8th.

Rick Springfield will bring his Stripped Down solo show of music and storytelling to Connecticut's Toyota Oakdale Theater on September 7th -- with co-headliner Richard Marx.

Larry Graham and jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will kick off their Side by Side tour on July 21st in Austin, Texas. Graham, the original Sly and the Family Stone bassist who later led Graham Central Station, reached the Top 10 in 1980 with the soul ballad "One in a Million You."

The critically panned 1978 film of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which stars Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Billy Preston and others, will be released on Blu-ray on September 26th.

Tuesday would have been David Bowie and Iman’s 25th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion the supermodel posted the following: "I would walk forever, just to be in your arms again." Bowie died on January 10th, 2016 from cancer. He was 69. 

Carl Driggs, who sang lead with Paul Revere and the Raiders from 1983 to 2004, died May 31st after a heart attack. He was 67. The Havana native and longtime Miami resident co-wrote, sang and played percussion on Foxy’s disco classic "Get Off."

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