|Photo © Arnel Pineda|
The classic rock band, Journey—known for such musical wonders as "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believing," belted by throaty Steve Perry—has a new lead singer. His name is Arnel Pineda, he has been singing Journey covers for years in a band called The Zoo, and he is from the Philippines. That's right! The new frontman for Journey is Filipino!
The Journey website reveals how he was discovered:
I was frustrated about not having a singer," explains guitarist Neal Schon, "so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. 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.' But he is that good, he's the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn't sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube 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 imposter.
Arnel finishes the story:
My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, 'what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?' So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.
I have to hurry and post clips of me singing Night Ranger songs on YouTube! I could be a star!
Bear witness to Arnel singing a Journey cover with his band. Watch: