Arnel Pineda and Neal Schon record Synchronicity II for a good cause

Rock Against Trafficking

Arnel Pineda & Neal Schon Rock Against TraffickingNeal Schon is spearheading a project with a group of rockers: they join forces for a new album to help combat the issue of global child slavery.

In light of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram threatening to sell nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery, “Set Them Free” features songs by the Police and Sting covered by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Slash, Journey’s Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Julian Lennon, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), Free alumnus Andy Fraser and EnVogue to support and raise funds for Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.), a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness of and fight for an end to child slavery worldwide. The set is being curated and produced by R.A.T. founder Gary Stewart, and Schon tells Billboard that a September concert in the U.K. has also been broached.

“This is for a very good cause,” says Schon, who recorded the Police’s “Synchronicity II” with Pineda for the project. “All kinds of artists are on this record. “All these different versions of their songs will be on the album, and hopefully a live show that will probably be filmed for the benefit.”

A release date, full track listing and other details are set to be announced in the near future.

A video of The Police singing Synchronicity II:

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AP on ASAP • 04.20.14

Arnel Pineda will be on ASAP on Sunday, the 20th of April (19th in the US) for ASAP’s special Easter celebration. Arnel will perform twice: During the opening number and another group number with Rivermaya, Yeng Constantino, Zia Denise P. Quizon, and Bamboo Manalac. In the meantime, plan to join us for a viewing party in CHAT:

Time: 11:45 pm, US Eastern
Date: Saturday, 04.19.14

See you there!

Rehearsing for the show. Photo courtesy of Rivermaya

Arnel can be seen around 06:50 and 31:00 on the timestamp:

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Idol on Idol: Harry Connick Jr. Cites Arnel

Harry Connick, Jr. mentioned Arnel Pineda after rocker Caleb Johnson’s performance of “Pressure and Time” by Rival Sons on American Idol tonight.

Harry said, “You know how, when Journey needed a singer, they got Arnel? Man, if Rival Sons ever needed a singer, brother, you have that gig. You killed it.”

Did you know? Harry Connick, Jr. and Arnel Pineda were born in the same week not too long ago. Harry is younger by six days!

Video credit: Fremantle Media and IdolxMuzic/DailyMotion
American Idol is on FOX Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7 Central.
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Poll: Journey Setlist Wishlist • 2014 Tour

After a short winter hiatus, Journey will soon prepare for Tour 2014! On their Facebook Page, they recently posted,

We will be rehearsing for 3 weeks to revamp Everything before our tour with Steve Miller & Tower of Power starts .. See you Soon

For the setlist, we could count on the following mainstays and they have not been included as options in the poll:

Any Way You Want It, Don’t Stop Believin’, Faithfully, Lights, Open Arms, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Stone In Love, and Wheel In The Sky.

For the rest of the setlist, which songs would you like included / rotated / considered?

If you want the ten songs to come only from Eclipse or Revelation, it’s NOT gonna happen – so please pick wisely! We will do our best to get this to Journey Management for consideration.

Please select up to TEN (10) songs:
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Arnel on ASAP • 01.12.14

AP on ASAP 01.12.14
[ Photo © Cherry de Guzman ]

Arnel’s numbers:

05:00 – Opening sequence
Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire – Duet with Charice

44:30 – Tribute to the Everly Brothers
Bye Bye, Love (duet) and Let It Be Me (group)

Arnel will be on ASAP on Sunday, the 12th of January. We will update this post as more information comes in. In the meantime, plan to join us for a viewing party in CHAT:

Time: 11:45 pm, US Eastern
Date: Saturday, 01.11.14

See you there!

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Contest: Say What?

Arnel Pineda Official Site Caption Contest Winner

We have the results! Photographer Tommy Bombon selected Vickie Hines’ entry as winner. Congratulations, Vickie; and thank you, Tommy and everyone for participating!
Arenl Pineda Official Site Caption Contest - Tommy Bombon, photographer

Join the fun and create a caption for this photo of Arnel and his personal assistant, Yul. What is Arnel saying? Although not required, you may add what Yul is thinking as well.

Contest ends: Monday, Dec. 30, Midnight EST
Prize: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey DVD signed by Arnel Pineda

Atomic Bee Productions owner and Photographer Extraordinaire Tommy Bombon allowed us to use this pic for the contest. He has also agreed to select the winner for us.

Post as many entries as you want…more chances to win! Wishing everyone a fun-filled and blessed holiday season!

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Giveaway: “This Christmas” MP3 recording

APR would like to express our thanks to our site visitors by giving away twenty (20) Amazon gift downloads for Arnel’s new recording, “This Christmas”.

1. Simply reply to this post.
2. If you are one of the first 20 who wants it, CONTACT APR with the email address to which you want the file sent.

Please specify in your message that it is for winning “This Christmas”.

The promo has ended! Thanks to the following 20 who took part: Ami, Connie, Francine, Nikki, Masami, Lalahon, Cyn, Sally, Dan, Teresa, Donna, Keith, Debbie W., Christine O., Teresita, EB, Adrienne, Jenaisle, Brenda and Wave63.

Don’t forget to rate and review the track on any of the outlets – when you have a chance, everyone – thank you!

CD art photo ©Ferdie Arquero

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