March 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm #1060
Now in theaters! Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.March 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm #1065
Review: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” Journey Documentary
March 13, 2013 2:39 PM
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journeyfollows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for Journey.
The film starts with Journey guitarist Neal Schon recounting scouring the internet looking for singers. He eventually saw Arnel singing in a cover band on YouTube and was blown away by what he saw. Schon emailed Pineda to see if he would be interested in coming to California to audition for Journey.
When Pineda arrived for the audition, as shown in the film, Journey keyboardist Jonathon Cain was not impressed with what he heard, but by the third day of rehearsals, he was convinced Arnel was the new frontman for Journey.
Although Arnel could sing Journey’s tunes perfectly, the band was worried about his abilities as an on stage entertainer. Before their first show with Pineda, Arnel was extremely nervous but adrenaline kicked in and he is shown to be a monster performer on stage. Drummer Deen Castronovo described him as David Lee Roth meets Bruce Lee.
The documentary then flashes back to Pineda’s poor upbringing in the Philippines where he left home at the age of 14 and was homeless on the streets.
By 1981, Arnel was singing in bands and doing Journey covers. There is rare video in the documentary of Pineda singing Journey songs with a band in what appears to be the mid 80′s.
After bouts with troubled relationships, drugs, and alcohol, Arnel was ready to give up being in the music business when his dream came true after receiving the email from Schon.
The documentary follows Journey’s entire first tour with Pineda, which shows the band returning to its former glory and selling out shows nationwide.
The tour eventually hits Arnel’s hometown of Manila where the band plays to a huge audience and he is welcomed home a hero.
This is a great rock and roll story that will renew your love of Journey’s music and long history. The documentary is currently available for download on ITunes, as well as airing On Demand. Check your cable listings for air dates.
-Roberto Boschian, 104.3 WOMCMarch 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm #1073March 15, 2013 at 2:52 am #1137
Vocalist Arnel Pineda’s improbable journey one of 20 films to be screened
By Terry Mikesell
Thursday March 14, 2013 10:01 AM
Before a concert, Arnel Pineda flops onto a backstage couch. “I’m living a fairy tale right now,” says an obviously tired Pineda, the new lead singer for Journey.
“Until now, everything for me, it’s not really happening. I’m just dreaming.”
The scene plays out inDon’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012), the story of Pineda’s ride from obscurity in his native Philippines to rock stardom.
Beginning Friday, the film will be among the 20 movies screening as part of Columbus Documentary Week at the Gateway Film Center.
Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, who was born and raised in the Philippines, said by phone that Pineda’s story and personality inspired the project.“If he had gotten a gig in a lounge in Las Vegas,” she said, “it would have been an interesting story — but a different story.”
Pineda’s involvement with Journey dates from 2006 when, after a throat condition sidelined lead singer Steve Augeri, guitarist and bandleader Neal Schon spent months scouring the Internet for a replacement.
Late one night, Schon, almost out of options, clicked on one last YouTube link — and was floored by what he heard.
A Filipino cover band featured Pineda, a singer with a powerful voice in the tradition of Augeri and previous Journey singer Steve Perry.
“ ‘That’s the guy,’ I said to myself,” Schon said, “ ‘He’s the guy.’ ”
Schon called band member Jonathan Cain, who liked Pineda’s voice but wasn’t immediately sold: “I think the biggest concern of mine was: How do you take somebody from a Third World country and throw them into this circus. It’s a big circus, you know?”
The circus did catch Pineda off-guard. He was born Sept. 5, 1967, and, by age 5, was participating in singing contests. Then his mother died when Arnel was 13.Left penniless by medical bills, the family broke up. His three younger brothers ended up with relatives, but Arnel found himself living on the streets of Manila and crashing funerals to sing for his supper.
A few years later, Pineda joined a band. His career progressed, but so did his personal problems: Two relationships failed, and problems with drugs and alcohol grew.
After beating his demons, Pineda became the frontman for Filipino cover band the Zoo, which led to his discovery.
“It came from left field,” Diaz said. “He was ready to give up, settling into a life in Manila where he was singing in small bars and not getting the recognition he sought.”
In 2007, at age 40, Pineda joined Journey and recorded the albumRevelations. As the band toured in 2008 and ’09 to promote the album, Diaz, who had been given unrestricted access to the band, shot film.Pineda, she said, was fortunate to have joined a band whose partying days were behind it.
“They’re trying to get this guy on the road and be successful so they can be successful,” Diaz said. “He told me once that if this had happened in his early 20s, he would have gone crazy.” But the drain on Pineda became obvious.
“The only part that I know is real is the travel,” he says in the backstage interview. “And then you feel the pressure. And before the show starts, it’s like, this is real, you know, because you feel the pressure of the expectations of thousands of people in front of you.”The film ends with a triumphant performance in Manila.
“This is a feel-good film,” Diaz said. “Really, at the end of the day, good things still happen to good people. . . . It happens more and more because of YouTube. I don’t think this story could have happened 15 years ago. “It’s a very modern Cinderella story,” she continued. “And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
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Good collection!!!March 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm #1258March 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm #1274
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Great movie/documentary about how Journey found their new lead singer and the unexpected level of success that followed afterwards.March 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm #1275
Jeremy Rowley @Jeremy_Rowley
They shoulda got a pope from Manila. That’s where Journey found their new lead singer.
– well maybe not a bad idea.March 21, 2013 at 2:44 am #1414
Rock doc on Journey ‘s Arnel Pineda showing on GuamMarch 30, 2013 at 3:56 am #1745
This was a review on Amazon, for the DSB-EMJ pre-order:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had my doubts… March 21, 2013
By R. Asante
I’ve always been one to believe that just because it taste like chicken doesn’t always mean it’s chicken. Having been born in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States when I was a year old, I’ve been a harsh critic of what comes from the Philippines, especially that of which can either inspire or just embarrass the hell out of me.
I rented this on iTunes a few days ago while on a business trip in Taiwan and I have to say that while no one (other than my parents) has made me proud to be Filipino, this documentary simply warmed me to be a little bit more open-minded. Having been a Journey fan since the 70’s, I was saddened by the departure of Steve Perry and cringed at the notion of Steve Augeri. I refused to listen to anything done by Arnel Pineda…
…until I saw this documentary.
Ramona Diaz’s behind-the-scenes documentation of not only Arnel Pineda’s road to becoming the frontman for Journey as well as what the rest of the band thought was absolutely incredible. There’s many thing to appreciate about this story, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Deen Castronovo. There truly is a lot more to appreciate outside the music we never see but only hear.
This is proof that inspiration can originate from a constantly developing third-world country that doesn’t have to come in the form of boxing gloves.
I will be picking this DVD up on its August release.
Well done.March 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm #1747
What is wrong with this guy?
” Having been born in the Philippines and immigrating to the United States when I was a year old, I’ve been a harsh critic of what comes from the Philippines, especially that of which can either inspire or just embarrass the hell out of me.”
Nevertheless, I am just glad Ramona et al did this movie. Seems people now know the real story and the real Arnel Pineda.March 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #1748
Cela – I think this is typical of kids who were born back home and grew up here! We have to remember, majority of immigrants come from different backgrounds. Some are very poor and some not so poor – the parents have a lot of influence on the children. Personally, my father taught me at an early age to avoid colonial mentality – which in return made me think that not all things made in America are better. It also engrained in me that the American dream is not cut for all immigrants.
Anyway, I’m glad this person took the time to watch the docu – just means this person does have the interest!March 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm #1749
Two guys discuss the film. You may not like some of their impressions but they can not help not being impressed . Quite a lot of mocking especially about the lean crowd on Noel’s videos. Warning about the F words flying everywhere.
Sometimes I wonder whether these people are aware that a lot of people listen to them. Including the main topic of their discussion. And then to put their stuff on youtube and not think of consequences.March 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm #1750
Another clip from the movie.March 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm #1751
Kudos to your dad, Toni!
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