Believe it – Journey in Hawaii – Starbulletin.com

The king is dead. Long live the king.

When Steve Perry left Journey, the classic rock band was pretty much relegated to the oldies category — memorable songs sung by arguably the best tenor ever in rock — but, still, no new material to speak of.

Then came Arnel Pineda, whose vocal power and range approximate Perry’s so closely he could be Perry’s clone. Now Journey is as hot as it’s ever been in 30-plus years, thanks to Pineda, the true successor to Perry’s “throne.”

The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s rock album chart, and No. 5 on the industry magazine’s overall Top 200.

“For ‘Revelation’ to be certified platinum in album sales now,” Popplewell said, “it speaks volumes about the viability of the band, especially in this current economy and record biz.”

“The group has certainly jelled with Pineda,” said Moffatt, “and they always have been a great group instrumentally.” Moffatt said that it was exciting that the band’s Honolulu concerts sold out so quickly. “They’ve got something people want, and for that, people are willing to shell out the money.”

Just look at how Hawaii audiences have responded: What started off as one has become three sold-out shows in Honolulu next Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. (The break on Friday is a contract stipulation, according to promoter Tom Moffatt, so Pineda has a day off to rest his vocal cords.)

In two previous Hawaii visits — with singers Steve Augeri and Jeff Scott Soto — Journey’s shows also sold out, but nothing matches the outpouring of enthusiasm by fans old and new since the 41-year-old Pineda became its charismatic frontman.

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