Arnel Pineda & Journey at TCA 2013

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Journey attended the Television Critics Association 2013 during PBS’s segment. Their appearance is in support of the premiere of “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” on PBS’s Independent Lens Series.

Independent Lens is an award-winning PBS series bringing documentary films each week to our homes. One of 22 independent films featured during the new season is “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”. The documentary premieres on September 30, 2013.

Here is a short clip of Neal and AP, unplugged:


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  • Jenaisle

    Had dug this rare gem from Arnel’s treasure chest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m20Fb9gKXPY&list=RD02lysu1BSzFvE

  • Jenaisle

    Another noteworthy video of our Rock Star! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-DxkLlaO4s

  • Jenaisle
  • Jenaisle

    I can’t help but share this old video of Arnel. I love his version of “Bed of Roses.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-NqWF__weE

  • Jenaisle

    This is a heartwarming article from Rolling Stone about our Rock Star, Arnel Pineda http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/journey-recount-singers-wild-ride-in-dont-stop-believin-doc-20130817#ixzz2cExeDBbc

  • Jenaisle
  • Eb2008

    Another article found


    JOURNEY Performs At 2013 Television Critics Association PBS Panel (Video) – Aug. 8, 2013
    JOURNEY members Neal Schon (guitar) and Arnel Pineda (vocals) performed the song “Stay Awhile” following a panel discussion on the Independent Lens documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, August 6 in Beverly Hills, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.

    “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” chronicles the rags-to-riches story JOURNEY’s current Steve Perry-sound-alike lead singer,Arnel Pineda, from his poverty stricken days in the Philippines to fronting the band today.

    “We still have fans of our music showing up in the last year that don’t know Steve Perry isn’t in the band,” JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain told the Television Critics Association.

    Schon last year said that the only way to see Steve Perry back on stage with JOURNEY would be alongside Arnel Pineda. Schon talked candidly about what it would take to have Steve Perry ever rejoin JOURNEY, saying, “I don’t think there’s any way not to have Arnel at this point. Who can say never? You can never say it’s never going to happen. Maybe ten years from now? Six years? Who knows? But if that situation ever came up, I think it would be the both of them. And I think it would be at the point where it’s a farewell tour. . . and we’re done. That’s the only appropriate way to go about it.”

    He recalled the search to find Pineda after going through two frontmen following Perry’s departure. Schon explained, “We needed someone to really nail our catalog. I looked for a couple of days, non-stop onYouTube. It was a different way to go about it, instead of flying people in from all over the world. I looked and looked for like two days, and Arnelpopped up at the last minute in a link. I heard the voice and went, ‘He’s got the high tenor voice.’ I realized he was very, very strong and covered a lot of area.”

    Jonathan Cain added that there’s a difference between being a straight mimic and doing what Pineda does. “He’s not a tribute band singer,” Cainsaid. “The tribute band singers are scary because they are kind of clones, you know? We did have a guy that we looked at, but he was so much likeSteve Perry, it was crazy. It was too creepy. But, it was kind of neat to get next to that and see it for a second. A lot of these tribute guys, they can sing the old stuff, but, you try to put a new song in their mouth and they can’t do it.”

    Pineda was asked if he’s ever met Steve Perry. “No, but I’ve been wanting to,” he said. “I hope I can sing with him, you know, side by side. If he would welcome that. That would be awesome. I think, especially the hardcore fans, they would love it.”

    “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will receive its TV premiere on September 30.

  • Jenaisle

    Here’s another article about Arnel from Hay’s Post. These articles are inspiring http://www.hayspost.com/2013/08/08/kfix-rock-news-journey-documentary-to-air-on-pbs/

  • Jenaisle

    Our rock star seems to be everywhere nowadays, here’s another post about him from the San Francisco Examiner http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/arnel-pinedas-journey-to-becoming-journey-frontman-goes-through-youtube/Content?oid=2539099

  • twinrockers

    Is there a video yet of the entire interview?

  • twinrockers

    Awesome. The tweets from the stoic crowd is proof of that charisma.

  • Eb2008

    Thanks Gigi. “Stay Awhile” definitely the song ringing in my ears especially with the 3K update. Go AP,
    Go TeamArnel

  • Journey at the 2013 Television Critics’ Association PBS panel in Los Angeles
    Published on Aug 7, 2013

    Journey at the 2013 Television Critics’ Association PBS panel in Los Angeles performing “Stay Awhile”.


    • fabbest

      Woooooow. Thank you, Gidj!!!

      • I’ve been listening to it the whole night .. just W-O-W!

        • Wow is right!!!!

        • Kimmy Arnelrocks

          Wow! Love that song and he sang it so beautifully!! Got this video on constant replay today hehe

  • Jenaisle
  • Jenaisle
  • JMThoughts

    Journey brings ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’ to PBS

    PBS will broadcast a series of documentaries as part of their “Independent Lens”series this fall. One of the documentaries will be “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”, directed by Ramona Diaz. The documentary will air on September 30, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

    Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey tells the story of Arnel Pineda,current lead singer of the band Journey. Pineda is from the Phillipines and was living there when Neil Schon of the band saw a clip of him singing Journey songs on You Tube and invited him to come join the band.

    The band minus Deen Castronovo was on hand at TCA (Televisions Critics Association) today, Tuesday, August 6th to promote the documentary.

    The band spoke about the making of the documentary of how they first met Arnel and offered him to be the lead singer of Journey in 2007. “I thought they were going to scam me” laughs Pineda who ended up asking Schon to talk via syke so he could see that it was really him on the other end of the computer.

    Schon added that he had pretty much given up the search for a new lead singer. The band was in between tours and had Steve Augeri and Jeff Scott Soto front the band over the years since the original singer Steve Perry left the band. The band’s current drummer Deen Castronovo had even sang lead vocals on certain songs on tour.

    Schon mentioned that the band was going though sorta of a dark time”. While they were in search for a singer,Rock of Ages had picked up the song, Glee came along and The Sopranos. Cain added that the TV show The Sopranos ended up motivating the band. They knew for a year that “Don’t Stop Believin” would be the closing song for the show.

    Cain stated “We didn’t have a singer.. yet all these coincidences just started to appear.” The song appearing on these shows have bought a whole new generation of fans to the band. “We were able to keep our catalog alive by promoting it consistently,” Schon added.

    The band also addressed the constant comparsions to original singer Steve Perry.

    Ross Valory says that even today when they are touring someone still comes and is wondering where Steve Perry is. The band added that after seeing him live, that Arnel has been able to win over a lot of people.

    After the Q & A, Arnel Pineda and Neal Schon performed their hit song “Stay Awhile” for the crowd.

    Pineda has now been in the band for six years.The band is currently on tour this summer.

    The series will run over on Monday nights Scheduled over from September 30 through October 21.

    Check out photos from the panel and check back to this page for more information on the panel as I was on hand.


  • (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Journey Talks Singer Arnel Pineda’s Impact, September-Due PBS Doc
    By Beth Harris, The Associated Press | August 06, 2013 10:48 PM EDT

    “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” the story of the band’s search for a new frontman, will air on the network on Sept. 30.

    The resurgence of Journey through the band’s discovery of a new lead singer via the Internet gets a close-up look on a new PBS documentary.

    “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” airs on Sept. 30 as part of the network’s Independent Lens series.

    It’s the story of how Journey guitarist Neal Schon found a replacement for front man Steve Perry by searching YouTube videos, and the band’s eventual integration of Arnel Pineda into its lineup.

    It wasn’t easy.

    Some longtime Journey fans were initially reluctant to accept the presence of Pineda, a 45-year-old Filipino singer, into an American band that had been dominated by Perry’s presence and soaring vocals.

    “We still have fans of our music showing up in the last year that don’t know Steve Perry isn’t in the band,” keyboardist Jonathan Cain told the Television Critics Association on Tuesday.

    Perry was replaced for the first time in 1998.

    Cain recalled doing a concert in a U.S. city that he declined to name after Pineda joined Journey in December 2007.

    “It took them 30 minutes to finally wrap their heads around the fact that this guy could sing his butt off,” he said. “At the end of the show, they were all applauding Arnel’s efforts.”

    Pineda perfected his English by reading English-language newspapers and using a dictionary to look up words he didn’t understand. He wasn’t troubled by hardcore Perry fans that compared the two singers.

    “I never had a slight feeling of intimidation,” he said. “I’m not even trying to compete with Mr. Perry. I’m just trying to help out. It didn’t affect me at all.”

    Pineda was initially found by Schon singing Journey covers in YouTube videos. The band brought him to San Francisco to audition.

    “I found some good guys, but I didn’t feel they had the strength and the power in their pipes to carry themselves over the power of our music,” Schon said. “Arnel, I said, `This guy is the real deal.'”

    Cain credited Pineda for stoking new interest in the group famous for such hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully” and “Open Arms.”

    “He has his own style that he’s developed,” he said. “I watched this guy come from Manila as a club singer and become a rock star. We have a whole new fan base. Filipino nation is showing up at our shows.”

    Journey’s older music continues to find new life on Broadway, television, movies and at sporting events.

    “We’re finding young school kids singing these songs and they weren’t raised with these songs,” Schon said. “We still obviously love doing it. To rebuild this band from nothing 10 years ago was quite a feat.”

    Schon and Pineda teamed to perform “Stay Awhile” as bassist Ross Valory and manager John Baruck looked on during the TCA session. Drummer Deen Castronovo didn’t attend because of a scheduling conflict.

    The band resumes its current tour on Aug. 15 in Kinder, La., and will play two sold-out dates in Chicago later this month.

    © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • JMThoughts

    Congratulations AP. You deserve all the love & blessings.

  • Eb2008

    Thanks for the update. Nice treat for my AP withdrawal hehehe!

  • fabbest
  • I was reading these tweets as they were coming in, but didn’t have access to a computer. I am so PROUD of Arnel!!!!!

  • Journey Members Reflect on Importance of ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Glee,’ Talk PBS Doc
    3:03 PM PDT 8/6/2013 by Michael O’Connell

    Plugging “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” the rockers say prominent TV placement for their anthems came during a “dark” time.

    As the Television Critics Association press tour starts to wind down with PBS, the typically stoic reporters gathered at the Beverly Hilton broke into an almost fevered applause on Tuesday afternoon for Journey.

    Lead singer Arnel Pineda and guitarist Neal Schon drew out the rare show of emotion when they closed their panel for documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey with an acoustic rendition of “Stay Awhile.”

    The duo, joined for a Q&A by band mates Ross Valory and Jonathan Cain and filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, spoke at great length about their new movie and Arnel’s 2007 addition to the band. The 45-year-old Philippines native put an end to a touring hiatus prompted by the departure of founding member Steve Perry, but before they found their new lead singer, Cain credited The Sopranos for motivating the band. David Chase’s landmark TV drama famously used the band’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the cryptic closing scene of the HBO series’ finale.

    “David had called us, and we we knew a year in advance that [the song] was going to close the show,” said Coin, also crediting Glee with increased exposure. “That period of time before was a dark one for
    Neil, the guys and I… We didn’t have a singer and these coincidences just started to appear.”

    “Journey’s popularity had been based on a generational fan base, passed down from parents to kids” added Valory. “What we discovered with the Glee phenomenon and The Sopranos is that we’re finding young school kids singing these songs and they weren’t raised with them.”

    Both were quick to give real credit to Pineda, though. “I think Arnell has also revitalized interest in the band,” noted Schon. “I’ve watched this guy come from Manila club singer to a rock star.”

    As for Pineda, the singer’s unlikely addition to the band remains a source of humor rockers. He was discovered when Schon found his performances of rock covers on YouTube, and he recalled his skepticism when the guitarist first emailed him.

    “I thought they were just trying to scam me for me,” he said.

    Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey sees its TV premiere on Sept. 30.

    • JMThoughts

      “Lead singer Arnel Pineda and guitarist Neal Schon drew out the rare show of emotion when they closed their panel for documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey with an acoustic rendition of “Stay Awhile.” — got teary eyed reading this.

  • @PBS

    Journey’s @arnelpineda & Neal Schon @ #tcas13 . The @IndependentLens film Don’t Stop Believin’ airs 9/30 pic.twitter.com/gT2vH0DrWn