Obsession
Chapter 13 - Epilogue


Over the next several months, the separated members of Journey were embroiled in a heated legal battle over the rights to the band's name. Neal claimed that he and Jonathan deserved to keep the name because he was the band's founding member, and some of Journey's most famous songs (on their latest album, at least) had been either written or co-written by Jonathan. However, Ross was also a founding member, Steve and Smitty had both been in the band longer than Jonathan, and it was Steve's singing and writing contributions that had helped in a large part to identify the band's signature sound. The judge ruled in favor of the trio.

Soon after that ruling, Neal, Jonathan and Herbie became involved in yet another high profile case. They were each named in a suit brought against them by Steve Augeri, wherein they were accused of breach of contract, slander, libel, and defamation of character. Augeri was granted hefty damages on each count. Of their own accord, the three men issued a public apology to Steve Augeri, their former band mates, their fans and the media. His reputation thus redeemed, Steve Augeri went on to become a very successful solo artist. Every single album he produced was dedicated to Steve Perry.

Neal and Jonathan suffered from the bad publicity surrounding the Journey's "reformation." However, their musical careers were not completely destroyed. They recruited another well established musician and formed a group called Bad English. Their first album enjoyed more than moderate success, supported by vigorous promotion and a grueling tour schedule organized by Herbie. They continued in the same vein, growing in popularity and collecting quite a large following of die-hard fans.

Donna was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was sentenced to six years in the state penitentiary. After serving for six months, she was released on probation - one condition of which was that she regularly attend psychiatric counseling sessions for a minimum of twelve months. Donna progressed quickly in the counseling sessions. With the help of her therapist, she was eventually able to lead a healthy, productive life. She was even able to find happiness in a young man who was completely devoted to her. Only her.

The Circle of Inner Light enjoyed lasting prosperity, thanks in part to a generous annual donation from Steve Perry in the amount of $75,000.

Journey proceeded to hold auditions for a new lead guitarist and keyboardist. When asked if they planned to tour for Escape, they replied that they thought it best to move on to "new frontiers," rather than try to tour for that seemingly ill-fated album. Despite the lack of traditional promotion, Escape managed to go double platinum. Soon after Journey's new members were chosen, the band began work on their next album - Frontiers.

Since she was so well versed in the workings of the band, having accompanied them on every tour and witnessed the making of every album since Steve's arrival, Beth was chosen to be Journey's new manager. She performed her new duties well, and the group maintained their position as one of the most popular bands in the country.

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