BIG Music News: Is Journey nearly over?

JOURNEY:  Jonathan Cain talks about their future

Journey's performance on Sunday at Classic East in New York was the last date on the band's 2017 tour.

So, with guitarist Neal Schon not speaking with keyboardist Jonathan Cain over his overt spirituality, have we seen the last of Journey?

Jonathan Cain recently talked about the future of Journey and his differences with Neal Schon:

"I think this will get arbitrated, I think this will get fixed. I know God will fix it. I believe God will find an answer for this and open up another door and I think we'll carry on. And I certainly am just as surprised as the rest of the people at some of this stuff. I'm very, very surprised. I mean, 35 years. Come on, man. You can fix it. It's like a marriage. Just need a little help."

Meanwhile, Schon continues to lash out.

Last week, when the band performed in Washington, D.C., Cain and his wife, minister Paula White-Cain, President Trump's longtime religious advisor, paid a visit to The White House.

This led Schon to post the following: "Wow, this is not the Journey I started in 1972 and have been fighting to protect since the beginning. I've discussed this many times with management and council and they both agreed that there should never be anything to do with religious beliefs or politics with Journey.

"I do not want anyone to think my wife and I are affiliated in anyway with this at all. I've been fighting to protect for the last two years.

"This is Not Me or my wife."

And finally, in another post, Schon says, "I believe our music is spiritual and uplifting and doesn't need to be tagged with any one religion or politics. This is how we've always flown."

Journey is scheduled to hit the road next May with Def Leppard.

VAN MORRISON:  Being sued by ex-wrestler

Van Morrison has been sued by a Canadian wrestler pictured on the cover of his upcoming album. Billy Two Rivers, a former fighter and longtime First Nations activist, says his image is being used without his permission on Roll With the Punches, which drops September 22nd.

Two Rivers' attorney says Morrison and his label slipped up by not notifying him. He explains that "One of his relatives noticed the image appearing on the Internet in connection with promotion of the album and Van Morrison’s world tour... He has an international reputation as a professional wrestler back in the day and since then as a leader and an elder in the First Nations community."

Rivers' lawyer believes that "everyone has the right to control the use of their image for commercial purposes... The rule is you need consent to use someone’s image. You may have the right to the photo from the photographer, but that doesn’t give you the right to use the image of the people in the photo for commercial purposes." (The Canadian Press)


Bruce Springsteen has signed a new worldwide deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. In a different sort of publishing news, the paperback version of Born to Run is due out in September.

Joe Walsh will be on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wednesday night on CBS.

Elton John paid tribute to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell on his Beats 1 radio show. "It has been a sad few weeks. We lost Chris and then we lost Chester. I met them both briefly and they were two lovely guys. You know, artists are prone to being a little destructive, whether you are an actor or singer or visual artist. Sometimes, as Jim Carrey said when Philip Seymour Hoffman committed suicide, 'The noise just gets too much.'”

Robby Krieger will host his 10th anniversary All-Star Concert for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on August 27th at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California.

Barry Manilow will head back to his native New York to perform at a Columbus Day Weekend fundraiser. The Columbus Citizens Foundation's annual gala on October 7th at the New York Hilton will honor Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Leonard Riggio.

Burt Bacharach's first original musical since Promises, Promises will have its inaugural production later this summer in London. Some Lovers will run August 24th through September 2nd at the Other Palace. The legendary tunesmith collaborated with lyricist Steven Sater of Spring Awakening fame.

The first British tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical begins September 9th in Bradford, England.

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