Skip to comments.New Lead Singer for Journey: A Cinderella Story if There Ever was One.
Posted on 04/29/2014 12:40:43 PM PDT by nikos1121
Do you believe in fairy tales? I dont simply because Ive already outgrown my childhood fascination for magic wands, fairy godmothers and frogs and beasts that turned into handsome princes. And lets not even talk about damsels in distress who had to wait for their superficial saviors to hand them their own pre-conceived notion of happiness. But I do believe in the power of luck and hardwork and that if you have what it takes to weather the storms and climb the heavens to chase your stars, more than likely, you'll be able to catch more than what you have wished for. Five years ago, Arnel Pineda stumbled upon his stars, handed in a silver platter by no less than his modern fairy godmother in the person of the legendary founder and guitarist of the iconic rock band Journey. Neil Schon discovered Arnel on You Tube while trolling the web in search of the new voice of Journey, a band that had already gone through many vocalists including Steve Perry, the bands third and most charismatic frontman.
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I'm a bit embarrassed as I should already be a Journey fan. I wasn't. Sure, I recognized the group's songs thru their famous lead singer, Steve Perry. Who wouldn't? But I had no idea that Perry left the group in the nineties, for some unknown reason.
The band continued with out him using unknown Steve Augeri to openly hostile radio and the Journey fan community who boycotted the group. "How dare you continue touring and cutting albums without Steve Perry!" was the thought.
Auderi gave the band his all for seven years, until one night he could sing no longer. His voice just gave out. Not surprising when you consider the tremendous wear and tear a touring singer's voice goes thru especially if they are a more "throaty" singer vs from the diaphragm. For a comparison look at singers like Harry Belfonte or Joe Cocker who burned out their vocal cords a few years into their careers because they really were never properly trained, or maybe it just wasn't meant to be.
Then you have singers like Little Richard, James Brown and Ray Charles where the voice seems to mellow and get stronger with age.
Turn now to the search for a new singer for Journey. It's 2007 and the band is planning a new album and new tour, but they have no singer! Steve Perry isn't interested. So what do you do?
Neil Schon, the band lead guitarist and charter member of the group decides to start "trolling" the internet into the wee hours of the morning for a lead singer.
Over a period of several days, he realizes that there are tons of Journey Tribute bands out there with great singers, who could easily fit in for a Journey tour, but Neil wanted someone special, and there was no one out there.
Then in the eleventh hour of his online search he finds several youtube videos of Arnel Pineda, a vitually unknown Filipino night club singer. Pineda's range and ability to sing just about everything blew Schon away, but he had to convince the rest of the band that his discovery was special.
They were impressed also after viewing the videos of Pineda, but immediately skeptical. Who is this "third World" guy? How is he going to react to the "Circus" of touring with one of the biggest bands of all time? "Does he even speak English?"
They decide to give Pineda a chance. Schon emails Pineda's friend, who has uploaded over 60 videos slowly and painstakingly after his night club shows, (because he believed in his friend's talent). Schon asks the friend to have Pineda contact him. He does, and it's arranged for Arnel to audition in the states.
I don't want to spoil your ultimate "journey" because seeing the video, which takes you first to Manila and then to Arnel's audition, will truly pull on your heartstrings.
I will say that Journey is now, with Arnel Pineda, an International Band. The group is booked at venues where they were never before welcomed. The sound is vintage and legacy Journey, but also "new rock" as well..
Then there's the inpact on me. In short, better late than never, I'm now a Journey fan too.
There were two completely different Journey bands.
The first one was before Steve Perry. It made the first three Journey albums. It was some of the the finest pure rock music every made. It was beyond fantastic - it was incredible.
Then it changed. It went rock-pop with Perry and became Platinum, etc. And yeah, I like the second Journey okay, and millions of people love them like that.
But the first Journey was something irreplaceable, and I still miss it all these years later.
They opened my eyes to a new kind of way...
(Yeah, I know SP was already in the band on Infinity, but it was still the old group)
Journey played for two hours solid and each tune segued right into the next. It was one continuous playlist.
Their new singer, Arnel, is awesome.
It’s not Journey without Steve Perry.
Dang, is the video on Youtube?
I’m not going to Examiner to get it.
Psssst... Niko and Rainne... his name is Neal Schon.
I’m coming in here on the tail end of the story. What you mention is in this fantastic documentary.
The charter band members say that they were nicknamed “Grateful Dead on Steroids.” They were selling out concerts, but not selling records.
CBS Records gave them an ultimatum. BEcome more of singing band, radio friendly or we’re canceling you.
So they changed to a top 40 group.
They now consider themselves coming full circle with Arnel Pineda, who brings a lot of energy to the group. This energy matches the youthful guys still in the group. These guys are in their 4th and 5th decades but you wouldn’t know it, esp when you listen to the guitar work of Schon and the Dean the drummer.
Well to me it is.
well, i do like Steve Perry... his voice was spectacular...
Going to see them in Atlanta on May 30th. Can’t wait!
One of the top 3-4 voices in rock/pop music history.
Like I say in the post. I’m coming into this story late, but I know from talking to people that there are alot of people who still think Steve Perry is singing, who are clueless.
The documentary came out over a year ago, so even with that this is an old story, but I contend that there are alot of people like me who were never big Journey fans, and complacent about their music.
The songs are definitely almost perfect. The doc also shows how truly professional these guys are, but there again Arnel Pineda was honing his craft for over 20 years. It’s a wonder he didn’t “burn out” before getting his chance.
BTW, does anyone know why Steve Perry quit the band?
Have you seen them in concert with him?
Kind of like Genesis with Peter Gabriel.
After his mother became ill, he spent less and less time on the road. When she died, he quit music all-together for several years, even giving up on his second solo project. I don't think there was a falling-out, just a going-of-separate-ways.
I’m a huge “old genesis” fan, but I really appreciate all of their work right up to (and not including) Calling All Stations.
I’ve also got every concert DVD released by Genesis and Gabriel, and even some that I don’t think was ever actually released.
They want three bucks to watch it.
Yes Perry was an employee of the band NOT a member!
Yes, I heard about this movie. Unfortunately, it’s not on Netflix. Maybe I can find it pay per view or buy it.
Maybe it gave Schon the idea. I think it was a true story, no?
indeed--and in my opinion, his voice is at number 1...
Yah that was a great documentary and would have been almost unbelievable if it didn’t’ happen.
I watched journey live in Manila just yesterday on AXs tv
This new singer is head and shoulders above Steve perry in the talent department
It’s one of the few movies I own that I’ve seen at least 20 times. You have to fast forward through a rather provocative section, but the rest of it is a really great story. Seriously.
The fact that I’ve been in a fair number of rock and country bands (I’m in three now) enhances my enjoyment of the movie.
A Trick of the Tail is actually my favorite.....I don’t think Gabriel could have topped “The Lamb” so he went out, I think at the best possible time.
Its not Journey without Steve Perry
The doc pretty much says that. Also, there’s still alot of love and admiration still there between the members of the band for Perry. The doc definitely is a tribute to Perry. Pineda certainly idolizes him.
I saw an online poll somewhere asking if Journey show take Perry back if he want so sing with them again, or stay with Pineda. Over 80% polled say bring Perry back.
I don’t think they can do that even if they want too, unless it’s a celebration one time performance or maybe even tandem with Pineda.
The band has a whole new following that is International. There would be a huge falling out if they did that. Plus they have a different sound now. I think Schon guitar work has always been understated. The guy can be heavy metal, mellow rock, whatever he wants.
But even in this posting there are die hared Perry fans that wouldn’t give the new kid a chance.
I also think that singing in a group like Journey could be extremely traumatizing to a guy’s voice. Perry would sing, like a young Sinatra. Pineda on the other hand screams.
There’s a youtube video that compared them, and they clearly are different. Perry more pure, cleaner. A real artist. Pineda is just raw but seasoned.
Will be interesting to see where the band is three years from now. Pineda is no fluke if he’s been with them for over 6 years.
I agree. They really were an amazing band. Watching the latest concert kinda makes me sad for them. They really seem to be phoning it in.
Ever heard the stories about the tour when Van Halen opened for Journey? Very funny. The one about Steve Perry’s scarf is hysterical.
Alot of bands have jumped the shark. You see them playing in places like Oldie reunions thru out the country or in out door arenas like in places like Peachtree City, GA.
Journey has not jumped the shark.
No, tell us.
Listening now an he’s GREAT! Thanks for posting this story!
Is Arnel Pineda still considered a “new” lead singer? He’s been with the band since 2007 and even made two hit records with them — Revelation in 2008 and Eclipse in 2011.
I’d say this for Pineda, he’s a worthy successor to Steve Perry and a more energetic performer IMHO.
RE: Its not Journey without Steve Perry.
Is it still the Three Stooges without Curly?
They NEVER play any of the old stuff on the radio (like they used to in the South Bay back in the mid-70s - Journey was a local band). It's too bad, because people would like it.
Here's an example: People
RE: Dang, is the video on Youtube?
Im not going to Examiner to get it.
You might want to watch these:
“Journey’s classic 198185 lineup reunited in 1996 to record Trial by Fire. The album was a huge success, entering the Billboard charts at No. 3 and going platinum before year’s end, but its triumph was short-lived. Before the Trial By Fire tour could begin, Perry suffered a hip injury while hiking in Hawaii and was unable to perform. Perry was diagnosed with a degenerative bone condition and a hip replacement was required, and as he was reluctant to rush into the surgery, Perry desired to postpone the tour. Due to the long wait between the album’s release and the tour’s postponed kick-off date, as well as the absence of Journey’s iconic frontman, Journey fans were losing hope for the band’s future.
Meanwhile, long-time Journey drummer Steve Smith resigned. (Smith had rejoined, along with original Journey bassist Ross Valory).
The remaining members waited until 1998, nearly 17 months after Perry’s injury, before making a decision on Journey’s future. Growing impatient and realizing the window of opportunity was closing to follow up the success of the platinum-selling Trial By Fire LP with a world tour, Journey members Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon met with Perry and presented an ultimatum that he either undergo hip replacement surgery so the tour could proceed upon his recovery, or a replacement singer would be hired. Perry, still hesitant to undergo surgery and now apparently upset at his bandmates’ intractability and their perceived meddling in personal health decisions, decided to leave Journey.”
ARe you going to watch the doc?
I saw one of the shows on that tour, The Wearhouse in New Orleans.
What's the best story of the tour if you can share?
Agreed....what a voice.
Arnel is amazing, but he is still “channelling” Steve Perrry. I think he will come into his own. Steve Perry is one in a zillion.
Saw them live, several times. Gabriel was an unbelievable performer from the start. Still clinging to my several vinyl Genesis albums. Loved Selling England by the Pound.