Arnel Pineda visits the White House, fans and Neal Schon have mixed reaction
WASHINGTON DC — What was supposed to be a short and quiet visit to the White House set social media on fire. Three members of Journey were spotted at the White House, and long time founder Neal Schon is not very happy.
Journey’s original member and founder Schon did not hold back his feelings on social media when bandmates keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory, and Journey’s Filipino frontman Arnel Pineda were seen hanging out at the White House last Thursday.
Schon posted on Facebook: “Wow, this is not the Journey I started in 1972, and have been fighting to protect since the beginning… there should never be anything to do with religious beliefs or politics with Journey.”
Schon also said that he does not want anyone to think that his wife and him are affiliated in anyway with the appearance of his bandmates at the White House.
Schon was referring to a story on the Hill that showed photos of Cain and his wife speaking to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the briefing room.
Cain’s wife, Pastor Paula White, is said to be President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor.
Journey’s Filipino lead singer and his road manger, Yul Session, were there at the Oval Office.
“Hindi naman talaga kami nag-meet na nag-meet eh, shake hands lang pagkatapos ang kausap niya na talaga yung si Paula Cain at si Jonathan Cain, sila talaga yung friends eh,” said Pineda.
Pineda, who is neither a Republican nor a Democrat supporter, says he came to the White House with no political intentions whatsoever — and was more excited about the White House tour more than anything.
“Alam mo naman kung sino lang ang nakakapasok dun sa Oval Office, for me to be able to see a piece of American history, as a Filipino, being with an iconic journey, hindi ito about politics or religion eh, medyo nababat, naba-bash kaming tatlo about religion or politics eh.”
Journey as a band may be in a difficult position with the surprise White House visit, especially with fans who are not quite fond of President Trump.
“It’s not about, you know, kung anong side ka ng politics, kung Democrat or Republican ka no, hindi, it’s not that,” said Pineda. “You know what, sorry na lang kung ganun ka mag-isip, but if, kung ako ang tatanungin mo personally, hindi ganun ang ano ko, it’s not my intention.”
Pineda is in New York for “The Classic East” concert, with Journey sharing the stage with Fleetwood Mac and Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Citifield Stadium on Sunday.
Pineda will be back in New York on November 12 for his solo concert tour, which will kick off in Vancouver on November 4.
The self-titled concert will feature Arnel’s original songs and classic rock numbers.