December 29, 2007 at 5:56 AM #77616
Band Announcements Dec 05, 2007
JOURNEY WELCOMES ARNEL PINEDAWITH “OPEN ARMS” TO THEIR FAMILYAS THE BAND’S NEW LEAD SINGER
December 5, 2007 — After much speculation…the wait is finally over.JOURNEY–Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)–is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”). He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons. Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs–in addition to original material–with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him. “It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore JOURNEY fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world.”When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.“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 Pineda picks up 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.”“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY,” continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound.”Schon agrees, “We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel.”JOURNEY is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008. Details will be announced early next year.
From JOURNEY Official Website
This guy rocks… I like Steve Perry. But I’m proud with what Arnel Pineda’s achievement. I hope his success with Journey as well as in music industry.
December 29, 2007 at 2:36 AM #77603
Magaling ……..marami na ring pinoy na singer at artista dito sa U.S of A…….
December 28, 2007 at 3:09 AM #77561
The Original Journey Band with the Legendary “Steve Perry” on lead vocal.
Filipinos around the world will be proud of this guy. Good luck and best wishes to your future “Journeys”
December 27, 2007 at 7:43 AM #77528
Here’s the Video…..
Happy New Year to All
December 27, 2007 at 7:39 AM #77527
Here’s the Voice…..
December 27, 2007 at 7:38 AM #77526
Journey’s new lead singer is Filipino By DAVID DIZONabs-cbnNEWS.com
Here’s one for the books. Popular American rock band Journey, who popularized the radio hits “Open Arms” and “Faithfully”, has a new lead singer and he’s proudly Filipino.
Arnel Pineda, lead singer of local band The Zoo, was chosen by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo to replace Journey vocalist Jeff Scott Soto who left the band last June.
In a statement, Pineda said joining the legendary rock band after years of covering their radio hits is a dream come true. “It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans,” he said.
He also said he is not out to emulate Journey’s most famous lead singer Steve Perry. “I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world,” Pineda said.
Pineda’s success is no accident. He joined his first band at age 15 and has been singing professionally for the past 25 years. His phenomenal voice also won him the Best Vocalist award at the World Band Explosion in 1987 — a feat that he repeated the following year.
Pineda has been a veteran of several bands and is a regular in clubs in Makati, Olongapo and Quezon City. His latest band, The Zoo, released its first album “Zoology” under MCA Universal Records last September.
complete story here http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=103537
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