Journey has been dealing with some legal issues between its current and former members as of late. Now, there’s a new lawsuit filed between two current members: Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain.
Schon has filed a lawsuit against Cain in the Superior Court of the State of California. Per the documents filed on behalf of Schon, the guitarist is requesting access to and records for an American Express credit card that belongs to the LLC Journey uses for its business dealings. Schon alleges Cain has been in control of the credit card. Despite requests for access to the credit card and its records, Schon has been denied.
The documents state, “Schon and Defendant Cain are the 50-50 owners, members, and managers of an entity known as Nomota, LLC (“Nomota”), through which Journey operates… The AMEX account is a Journey account, not a personal account of Cain. On information and belief, millions in Journey funds have flowed through this AMEX account.”
Additionally, Schon’s filing levies other allegations against Cain. Among them are “…refusing to respond to booking opportunities, blocking payment to band members, crew, and vendors, refusing to execute necessary operating documents, and in other ways as well.”
Cain has not commented publicly or through a representative on the lawsuit from Schon as of publishing.
In September, former singer Steve Perry filed a petition against his former bandmates Schon and Cain over trademark registrations of 20 popular Journey songs. Perry alleges in his petition Schon and Cain didn’t have the legal grounds to file for trademarks. He also claims he should have been notified of the registrations per a previous legal agreement relating to various Journey compositions that were created when Perry was still in the band.
50 Best Power Ballads of All Time
Power ballads: They’re some of music’s most powerful expressions, and while their popularity exploded in the ‘80s, they can be found in multiple decades as is evident in our list.
According to Cambridge University Press’ academic journal Popular Music, “The power ballad has become a mainstay of popular music since the 1970s…The songs are defined by the use of both a musical formula based on constant escalation and an expressive formula that combines the euphoric uplift created by rousing music with sentimental themes and ploys.”
The journal further notes, “Contrary to views that power ballads first appeared in 1980s rock and are primarily rock numbers, the songs emerged in the 1970s pop recordings of Barry Manilow and others, and from early on crossed genre lines, including pop, rock and R&B…The songs are part of a shift toward more effusive and demonstrative styles of ballads underway since the 1960s. In addition, the emotional excesses of the power ballad fit into a larger change in the expressive tone of works across different popular culture media. With those works, emotions are to be large, ecstatic and immediate.”
With the above explainer in mind, our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads list below might include some surprising songs as well as the massive tunes you’d expect to see on this list.
There’s one other parameter that was set for this list: Bands/artists will only be represented by one song to provide for fun variety. However, solo tracks and band recordings count as two separate entry, which means certain musician might show up more than once on this list.
Without further ado, bust out your lighters and enjoy our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads!