• The Concert of the Week was Journey/Night Ranger at Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts. Night Ranger still pumps out “Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” as if the calendar is stuck on 1984. That’s fine with me; I seem to remember that being a good year, music-wise and otherwise.
And what more can you say of Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda, aside from he’s the most fiery Filipino on the planet not named Manny Pacquiao. He’s a breathtaking vocalist and treats the stage like his personal jungle gym. Pineda has given Journey, whose lineup still features longtime members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory, renewed life. But any Journey concert still relies very heavily on the band’s hits from the 1980s.
Fortunately, Pineda blasts the vocals on the new stuff with untrammeled glee, and as I tweeted during the show, “This little dude is so good, he could win ‘American Idol.’
”There is no higher praise, right?
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