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.

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  • Juan
    2 August 2017 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Arnel Kay Trump ka or maka Democrat ka., dito ka kay Trump. Dahil marami nang na create na trabajo at gumaganda ang ekonomia, therefore, maraming makaka afford bumili nang ticket mo sa concert. Etong mga Bakla(LGBT) mostly Democrat,walang nang pag asa hindi na sila makaka abante, sa military man or any of their agenda, dahil ang Supreme Court ay conservatibo for the next 30 years. Kung mag concert ka, tanda anan mo si Trump ay panalo sa 30 State, si Hilary ay 20 State lang ibig sabinin masmarami kang kikitahin sa 30 State kaysa 20 State. Malamang 4-8 years si Trump na Presidente, ang tao/masa ay masaya, dahil maraming trabajo, basta may pera/kita ay wala silang pakialam sa politika. Tanda anan mo ang masa ang nagpanalo kay Trump at eto ang die hard fans mo.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    4 August 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Toto Juan, haven’t you notice that Arnel sometimes acts like Becky? Maybe just gestures, but I know it is…