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Page Six has learned that two members of famous rock band Journey are in a very un-rock ‘n’ roll legal war over financial records and an American Express card.
Original band member Neal Schon is suing bandmate Jonathan Cain, claiming in court papers that he set up the AmEx card without telling Schon and that “millions of Journey funds have flowed through it.”
Schon’s attorneys also claim in the suit, which was filed in Contra Costa in the Bay Area of California, that Cain hasn’t turned over financial records that allow Schon to know how much the band owes him.
Apparently – after a previous court showdown with former bass player Ross Valory – Cain and Schon set up a company that operates the band, Nomota, of which they own 50 percent each.
“As a member and manager and founder and leader of Journey,” the papers say, “Schon has the right to access and control Nomota’s books and records. Schon must have unfettered access to Nomota’s records so he can oversee and manage Nomota/Journey.”
But the Journey singer claims that, despite many requests for Cain to turn over key records, Cain has kept him in the dark about their finances.
The papers also claim the suit “is brought to turn the lights on” and obtain “critical financial information” Schon has allegedly been trying to obtain but has been denied.
“Nomota’s records also contain financial information necessary for Schon and his representatives to determine the proportion of Journey’s profits that he’s entitled to as the founder and president of Journey,” the suit states.
“Schon’s right to Journey’s profits is being controlled by Cain — Schon’s bandmate, who Schon brought into the band in the 1980s — and despite all of his requests and efforts, Schon has been unable to get full access.”
The suit continues, “Among other things, the American Express account of Nomota has been set up such that only Cain has control of the account and access to its records. On information and belief, millions in Journey funds have flowed through this AMEX account.”
According to court documents, Cain also allegedly keeps telling Schon he’ll get access to the card – but that he never ends up getting added to it.
In fact, Schon claims he only found out about the card because American Express told him it existed.