Journey on Oprah

Some Journey fans may find it quite interesting that the band’s come-back was due to a YouTube video.  Arnel Pineda was discovered by guitarist Neil Schon after taking a look at a YouTube clip where Pineda was covering one of their songs at a concert in the Hard Rock in Manila.  Pineda’s story encompasses the “Don’t Stop Believing” theme.  He grew up in poverty in the Philippines and many years later, even after such a successful tour, he still remains true to his values.

I was lucky enough to see Journey in concert last year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.  I must say, just by his voice alone, I would swear he is a dead ringer for Steve Perry.  And now, his story, and the band’s story was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show today!  Even after 30 years this band’s music still has fans, new and old, yearning for more.  What a great chapter to add to the history of this band!

Did you get a chance to check out Journey on Oprah today?  What do you think of Pineda’s story?  Is he the right lead singer for Journey?

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~ by jedimasterglo on October 6, 2009.

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