- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Journey guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon is outraged after several bandmates were recently photographed at the White House.

Mr. Schon, 63, wrote a Facebook post last week condemning the mix of music and politics after band members Arnel Pineda, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory toured the White House and posed for a photo with President Trump in the Oval Office late last month.

“I will remain strong and consistent with the belief we’ve always shared and agreed upon - Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone, especially band members for politics or any one religion,” Mr. Schon, formerly of Santana, wrote Thursday. “I’ve been here since 1972 and this has always been our belief. This was with intent to exploit the brand and use the name.

“The members who attended know my position and the way we’ve always been until now. [Former lead singer and co-founder] Steve Perry myself and the rest have always agreed the music we created is for Everyone,” he continued. “I had no prior knowledge of this from anyone. Not band members or Managment [sic]. This clearly shows no respect or Unity, just Divide”

Mr. Schon has continued to rail against his fellow bandmates over the past few days, saying his outrage has nothing to do with the Trump administration and everything to do with injecting politics where they don’t belong.

“Your [sic] incorrect,” he responded to a Twitter user calling him a far-left liberal. “I don’t have a problem with trump it’s All politics. We’ve never allowed this. It’s not smart to mix.”

In response to a fan’s tweet asking if the disagreement will affect the band lineup, Mr. Schon wrote, “One way or the other I won’t be dealing with any more toxic s—t. Done.”

Answering a tweet saying it was “time to ditch the toxic people in your life,” Mr. Schon posted emoji of praying hands and wrote, “Amen to that. I don’t deserve this bs I will cut it all out like cancer. Too f ing toxic to live in.”

Mr. Pineda, a Filipino songwriter and the band’s lead singer, insisted on Twitter that he doesn’t belong to a political group and had no intention of representing the band as a whole while at the White House.

“[R]eminder.i nvr stated nor notioned dat i own @JourneyOfficial,” he wrote. “i have no grandeur illusion.i know my perfect humble place. my family&friends

“[J]ust so you know..i have no problem being an #expendable #entity. nothings #permanent in this world. constant change’s our #bestfriend,” he wrote, adding, “the road to #reconciliation is always open.”

The other bandmates have declined to comment.

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