Journey Guitarist Suing Over Wedding Charges

Robert Knight
Journey's Neal Schon and wife Michaele Salahi on their 2013 wedding day

The lead guitarist and founder of the iconic San Francisco rock band Journey is suing the city over a $240,000 fee to use a city landmark for his lavish wedding to a former reality star.

Neal Schon married Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi in December 2013 at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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On Friday (Feb. 6), Schon filed a federal lawsuit claiming San Francisco officials overcharged him for use of the venue and an adjacent building after learning the wedding would be broadcast as a pay-per-view television show. Schon is seeking unspecified damages.

Schon says he initially agreed to pay $58,000 to use the facilities and city officials unfairly hiked the cost of the permit less than a week before the wedding.

City officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


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