Journey Fires Two Band Members After Alleged Coup to Steal Name

Journey’s leader, Neal Schon, is sending his bassist and drummer on their “Separate Ways” … for allegedly trying to hijack the group name in a scheme that’s landed them all in court.

Lead guitarist Neal, a founding member, and keyboard player Jonathan Cain are suing their long-time bassist Russ Valory and drummer Steve Smith, claiming they tried to take control of the band’s corporation called Nightmare Productions, Inc.

According to the lawsuit Russ and Steve allegedly thought the move would give them access the “Journey” name, thereby allowing them to make millions for themselves after retiring. Neal and Jonathan say their rhythm section recently decided to hang it up.

Ill-conceived plan, though, according to docs, obtained by TMZ. Neal and Jonathan say the band name is already licensed to another corporation called “Elmo” … which was setup by former lead singer Steve Perry, Neal and Jonathan back in 1985.

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