NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: Presenter Pat Monahan and Inductee Ross Valory as inductees Steve Perry and Neil Schon hug. Journey onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. Debuting on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

It doesn’t look like Steve Perry will be singing with his old band anytime soon.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon has responded with a long and lengthy post and statement to ex-Journey singer Steve Perry’s recent legal action alleging that Schon and fellow bandmate Jonathan Cain falsely claimed full ownership of the trademarks on 20 of the group’s songs.

The trademarks, which include the rights to the names of  “Open Arms,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Wheel in the Sky” and others, cover the use of those titles on T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and other merch items. Perry claims that Cain and Schon didn’t have the right to register trademarks for the song titles without his approval because the three musicians had signed a partnership agreement requiring all of them to consent unanimously to the use of the tunes for products or other purposes. Perry charges that Cain and Schon committed “fraud on the trademark office” by applying to register the song names without informing the agency of the true status of the ownership of the songs.

In the message, which was posted on Facebook, Schon calls Perry’s lawsuit “a bunch of total crap” while explaining that the conflict ties in with the dispute over control of the band’s name that led to the 2020 dismissal of longtime Journey bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith. Schon write that, at that time, Perry, Valory, Smith and band manager Herbie Herbert, who were part of Journey’s board of directors along with him and Cain, voted Schon and Cain off the board. “They all knew at this time I’d been investigating our [trademarks] for years trying to get to the bottom of all corruption as we (my wife and I) found that nothing had ever been [trademarked] besides our music,” Schon maintains, adding, “They all went for a take over and it didn’t work.”

Schon notes that his wife then “found a legitimate [trademark] attorney” who helped him attain the trademarks. Schon says he questions why Perry’s attorney, who also was Journey’s lawyer at that time, didn’t help the band secure those trademarks. “It was a giant corrupted ring of people that either [management] or accountants hired to work for us cashing in on all our merchandise till now,” Schon alleges, “all along knowing there was No [trademark] on our merch.” Neal concludes, “You haven’t heard the last of this friends. We are going to peel back the onion.”


New Jersey Makes the Top 5 on Happy List

There’s no question that times are tough here in America.  We are experiencing a 40-year-high inflation and while many feel the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the remnants of it still exist.
In fact, a recent American Psychiatric Association poll showed that 87% of Americans described themselves as either “anxious” or “very anxious” about inflation.

However, there are some places you can go where you might be happier, and according to the folks at the financial site WalletHub, the best place for that is Hawaii.
The 50th State topped the list of 2022’s Happiest States in America ranking based on 30 metrics like rates of depression and suicide, emotional and physical well-being, job satisfaction and job security. Data was culled from a collection of agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Maryland ranked second on the WalletHub ranking followed by Minnesota and Utah. New Jersey rounded out the top five.
According to WalletHub’s data, the least happiest state was West Virginia.

Let’s review the top five…

  • 5. New Jersey

    New jersey beach

    New Jersey Seashore Poster (Photo by �� Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

  • 4. Utah

    Utah ski slope

    UNITED STATES – 2013/01/01: Skiers on ski slopes at Alta Ski Resort near Salt Lake City in Utah, USA. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • 3. Minnesota

    Jazz's Patrick Beverley

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 12: Patrick Beverley #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates after a foul call against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter during a Play-In Tournament game at Target Center on April 12, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves won 109-104 to advance to the NBA Playoffs. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

  • 2. Maryland

    Maryland crabs

    UNITED STATES – JUNE 30: Outdoors: Scenic view of Chesapeake Bay during crab harvest, Chesapeake Bay, MD 6/30/1975 (Photo by Stephen Green-Armytage/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (SetNumber: X19671 TK1 R26 F14)

  • 1. Hawaii

    Jack Lord

    HONOLULU – SEPTEMBER 26: HAWAII FIVE-O. Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett in “Full Fathom Five”. Original air date September 26, 1968. Season 1, Episode 1. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)