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Rebirth of Journey Band With Filipino Lead Singer

Apr 5, 2008
Journey band, the very popular rock band back in the 70's got the boost they have been waiting for:a new lead singer. Ever heard of Arnel Pineda? He's a Pinoy talent and a veteran performing some gigs in the Philippines and overseas. Originally performed with the Zoo band in Quezon City and got flown to the America for an audition. And the usual saying goes, his story is like the modern Cinderella story.

Arnel Pineda just had two months to get to be in groove of his new found band and two weeks to get used to the pressure and demands of an international rock group Journey Band. But that did not hinder him to face the extreme challenges he needed to perform in front of 15,000 Journey band fans. The result, ecstatic revitalized Chilean Journey fans cheering for Arnel Pineda and Journey band.

In the beginning of the performance it was like kind of getting the groove and feel for Arnel Pineda and Journey band. Who wouldn't after being quiet for quite sometime? Some even wondered that they seemed like singing while reading a script from a teleprompter.

As the concert progressed, everyone just got cozy and comfortable. But it went really exciting and electric when the Journey's singer sang the popular number "Open Arms". Chileans are warm and passionate people and so does Arnel Pineda that he sang passionately. What an awesome performance. Everybody just gotten comfortable once he finished that song..finally putting "The Monster" into silence.

Arnel's version of the song "Faithfully" just melts everyone's heart. All the doubts looming about this Pinoy talent just disappeared. The "Monster" was brought to Arnel and the rest of Journey band, finally the band regained their position to be among one of the best rock bands of all time.

Encore after encore was asked of the Journey band. The last song even took longer to take off because the musical equipment were already either turned off, or disconnected. But man, was it a blast! The feverish crowd, Arnel Pineda finally proving his worth, and the rest of the Journey band finally plugging off any trace of doubt on their new singer's worth.

Neal Schon acted like a very proud father of a son he introduced to everyone, Jonathan Cain (over-heard to be not so pleased with Arnel Pineda) is now proclaiming Arnel "is the real deal", Ross Valory constantly flashes that otherwise so rare smile, and Deen Castronovo gave Arnel a humble vow after the show.

This is something like a substance of a mushy Cinderella story, really?

While this is a Cinderella story for Arnel Pineda, this is also a "Lazarus, rise from the dead" story for the Journey band.

Experts started to say that Journey has turned to "Greatest Hits" band. Schon, Cain, Valory, and Castronovo are savoring from Journey's past glory days. The crafted new songs but none of them seems to hit it like the earlier days. They might have some of the original fans or followers but these folks could either go or stick around supporting Journey's music and talents.

Steve Augeri, and Jason Scot Soto are both outstanding performers, but they just want to have Journey's popularity to go for another mile. Adding Arnel Pineda, Journey band just got retrofitted without changing its old persona. Arnel Pineda's clear high voice, and soulful version of the the songs keeps the old fashion "Journey" atmosphere.

However, Arnel Pineda, as Journey band's lead singer, doesn't end his contributions to the band there. His being Asian, his youthful energy, his really "rock" rendition of the fast ones provide Journey band a chance to be discovered by the younger generation not only from continental USA but globally.
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