Journey Documentary…Coming Very Soon!

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How it started: halfway around the world.

Journey, the iconic, quintessentially American rock band who recorded 8 platinum-certified albums during their heyday between 1978–1986, has chosen a lead singer in a manner befitting this internet age: they found him thru You Tube.

Filipino Arnel Pineda had been singing Journey songs for many years with his cover band Zoo in clubs all over Manila, his hometown, and posting their performances on You Tube.  Arnel grew up in poverty; his mother died when he was 12 years old and he ended up on the streets.  “I would hang out with my friends and they would make me sing in exchange for food.  I’d tag along just so I could eat.  Then we would go to the park and I’d sleep there with other homeless kids.”  He worked at the pier in Manila Bay gathering scrap metal, bottles, and newspapers for eight pesos (20 cents) a day.  At night, he would roam the bars in bohemian Manila, singing here and there, meeting other urban nomads with whom he would, over the years, form – and dissolve – bands.  In 1991, he relocated to Hong Kong where he would live and perform for fifteen years.  He lost his voice twice in the intervening years: once in 1995 due to drugs and alcohol and again in 2005 due to exhaustion and TMJ dysfunction.  He decided to move back to Manila in 2006. By then he “had a little dream to make it big in the Philippines, just alone in the Philippines.  Suddenly, I got this call from Neal Schon…and here I am.”

Neal Schon, Journey’s legendary guitarist, was half a world away in Northern California.  He was frustrated about not having found a lead singer.  Since the band’s most famous and distinctive frontman Steve Perry—whose power ballads catapulted the band to super stardom, filling stadiums all over the country—exited the band in the 90’s, it had been a revolving door for Journey vocalists.   “I was pretty much aware of everybody out there.  There’re plenty of guys that you could use to get through a tour.  I was looking for something a little more special than that.”   Schon decided to trawl the Internet for singers and there, after days of looking and almost giving up, he discovered Arnel covering Journey songs with his band in Manila.
“After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ I tried to get a hold of him and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an impostor.”   After literally singing for his US visa and a couple of live auditions and recording sessions later, Arnel was offered the gig as Journey’s frontman.

This is just an excerpt from Everyman’s Journey.  Click this link too see more.


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