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Why Journey turned down performing at the RNC



Normally when we talk Journey here, it’s all about the eternal battle over whether Steve Perry will or won’t return to the band as its frontman. (He won’t. Give it up, Perry fans.)

So imagine our surprise to see Journey founder Neal Schon talking about something other than the future of the lead singer. Schon spoke to the Nashville newspaper The Tennesseean about why the band turned down the chance to perform at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

"It seemed like it was just going to be some small, private gig that nobody would find out about, like a lot of bands do corporate things, and nobody cares about it,” Schon told the paper. (Journey did play the 2012 RNC in Tampa.) “But the more I thought (about) what was going on, I bailed. (Drummer) Steve Smith and Arnel (Pineda) were with me too, and (manager) Irving Azoff agreed with the three of us. … I'm not into taking any one side with politics, and having politics get in involved with music. Some bands are all about that, and we're not. We're like a feel-good band. It's about hope, joy, love and good things in life, and not politics. No matter which way you go, you're gonna p--s somebody off if you take a side.”

Click here to read the full interview. Not a single mention of Perry. How refreshing.

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