Steve Perry suing Journey band members over song trademarks

The former frontman is suing two members over business practices

Steve Perry, former frontman of Journey, is suing two members due to a dispute over song trademarks.

Perry has filed a petition to cancel the trademark registrations filed by Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain in 2020 (according to Ultimate Classic Rock), claiming that the pair had filed to register 20 Journey tracks through Freedom JN LLC for usage in marketing hats, T-shirts, and other merchandise, which he allegedly did not agree to.

The singer reportedly claims that the 2020 filing violated an earlier agreement which outlined that agreements must be made with “prior, written unanimous consent of all partners in each instance.”

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The petition lists the following tracks where the trademark registration will now be re-evaluated:

  • Good Morning Girl
  • Only the Young
  • Trial By Fire
  • Any Way You Want It
  • Stay Awhile
  • Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
  • Wheel in the Sky
  • Raised on Radio
  • When You Love a Woman
  • Open Arms
  • Still They Ride
  • Who’s Crying Now
  • Hopelessly in Love
  • Send Her My Love
  • After the Fall
  • Girl Can’t Help It
  • Ask the Lonely
  • I’ll Be Alright Without You
  • Stone in Love 
  • Separate Ways

Perry’s petition was filed in Woodland Hills, California on 11 September, 2022.

Journey are a band who’ve experienced their fair share of member changes, disagreements and legal battles. This latest legal dispute continues the ever-opening can of worms and follows a rift involving former bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith. This briefly led to competing lawsuits over control of the band – Cain and Schon have already sold their song ownership interests to Hipgnosis, in June 2019 and February 2020 respectively, Ultimate Classic Rock states.

You can read the full petition filled by Perry here.

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