In the final week of Journey’s 2014 tour, maintained its placement among the top: holding number 11 in ticket sales. According to the trade publication Pollstar, Journey earned more than $725,000 with an average ticket price of about $57 the week ending September 12th. Incidentally, the same week introduced the only other act formed in the same era: Steely Dan. A month earlier, Journey ranked 8th in weekly sales, after a previous week’s honor of Top 7th concert act. Way to go, Journey!
The list ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America.
Writer Nestor U. Torre of the Philippine Daily Inquirer explores “democratic” ways of getting discovered in entertainment. The details surrounding Arnel’s discovery are not as simple as outlined on this piece. Circumstances other than those under Arnel’s control fortunately worked towards his advantage: Noel Gomez, a supportive manager and then-future bandmates giving him a week to meet their expectations – after an initial day’s mediocre performance. An excerpt from the article:
Also impressive is the achievement of our homegrown Arnel Pineda, who one fine day learned that the Journey band was looking for a lead, took a deep breath and put his cover of “Faithfully” on YouTube. It was a “blind” gambit on Arnel’s part, but most fortuitously, Journey’s Neal Schon watched the “evidence”—and was sold on it.
Arnel was asked to fly to San Francisco to audition, impressed Journey’s remaining bandmates with his astutely “Xeroxed” musical performance, and was hired on the spot!
Arnel Pineda joined Orianthi on stage at Chef & Brewer in Ortigas City, Philippines – one of three stops for the guitarist’s Every Road PR Tour. They sang “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”.
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August 7, 2014
Written by Mr. Kevin McLaughlin
If Arnel Pineda had been tapped to be the new lead singer for Bon Jovi the story would have been called “Living on a Prayer”. If the band that chose him to replace their front man were Aerosmith the headlines would have blared, “Dream On”. But, since it was Neil Schon who reached out to the once homeless Pineda to replace Steve Perry in the band Journey, the documentary that chronicled his unlikely rise to front one of the most successful bands of the 1980’s was aptly titled Don’t Stop Believin’.
It was very easy for Pineda to stop thinking he would ever make it big in music. Though he had some success in the Philippines and Hong Kong during the 1980’s, it wasn’t until 2007 when Pineda outlasted many others in a nerve-wracking tryout to become Journey’s new lead singer. While many remember Journey for their early 1980’s hits Open Arms, Faithfully, Any Way You Want It and of course, Don’t Stop Believin’ the band would hit a number of snags following the release of their album Frontiers in 1983. The band would go through numerous lineup changes until fully reuniting for the album Trial by Fire in 1996 but for all intents and purposes the band that had catapulted worldwide fame in 1982 was only a memory.
After several unsuccessful attempts to find a dedicated front man, Schon would come across clips of Pineda on YouTube and placed a call to the stunned singer who almost hung up thinking it was a prank. It’s a good thing Pineda stayed on the line because the call was real and would lead to Pineda flying out to Northern California to audition and on December 5, 2007 he was officially announced as Journey’s new lead singer.
It was a long climb for Pineda who had to endure the death of his mother at age 13, his father moving out being unable to pay the rent and leaving his children with relatives and Pineda’s decision to leave ‘home’, quit school and try to make it on his own. Homeless and scrounging for what meager pay he could, Pineda would find solace in music and the fact that he had an incredible singing voice.
I normally check those male models from major fashion magazines and the front men of the most popular rock bands in the world and get their style, and I apply it to myself and mix a little of my own in.
This skill did not go unnoticed as Pineda joined several different groups over the years, winning singing and group contests in the Philippines including the Yamaha World Band Explosion, being in a band that opened for Robert Palmer in Manila in 1989 and releasing a self-titled solo album in 1999.
But it was the call from Schon that would change everything and since landing the gig with Journey, Pineda has been on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the top.
Reaching the singer and his stylist, Ulysses ‘Yul’ Session, while on tour, we got the chance to find out what this opportunity has meant to him and how his style on stage has played an important role in his career.
American Hall of Fame Football player Jerry Rice was quoted as saying if he “didn’t look good, he didn’t play well”. Do you agree with that from a singer’s perspective, that how you look can affect the way you perform?
Mr. Pineda: Most of the time, yes, it’s definitely mental and being conscious of how you look and how it affects your performance. It can be a bit of a distraction somehow, vanity, I guess. Most of the time I don’t have that type of character but on stage it’s a different experience.
Mr. Session: The whole look is important. It gives Arnel more confidence when he looks great. I feel like I’m doing my job when he looks his best onstage.
Is there a difference between Arnel Pineda’s stage style and the off-stage man’s look?
Mr. Pineda: It’s a very big difference on stage, I try to be as well dressed as possible and offstage I’m just an ordinary dressed guy.
Mr. Session: Arnel’s off-stage style is more casual with more colors. He wants to be comfortable when lounging in his off time. His onstage look is a more polished rock star look. Arnel has great body proportions even though he is small framed. He looks best in fitted clothing and well-tailored pieces.
Who, if anyone, has influenced your style?
Mr. Pineda: I normally check those male models from major fashion magazines and of course the front men of the most popular rock bands in the world and get their style and I apply it to myself and mix a little of my own in.
Mr. Session: My personal style icons are Brad Pitt in his movie star look, George Clooney, Tom Ford, old days Paul Newman. I like classic old school menswear.
Can you tell us your thoughts on a few designers we see you wearing: Yves St. Laurent, Burberry and Alexander McQueen?
Mr. Pineda: All I can say is, these brands, YSL, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, their style is eternal. You will never go wrong as long as you wear them. Timeless. I love to wear the high-end designers mixed with street wear. The fabrics and quality of tailoring are top notch.
Mr. Session: The high-end designers have impeccable taste and the cut with the amazing fabric makes for a great look. Burberry has amazing leathers along with St. Laurent with the rock edge to their designs. John Varvatos has the rock star edgy look down pat. McQueen are masterpiece designs. We love to include as many as possible. I love to use local designers for one of a kind statement pieces as well.
Mr. Yul Session, Arnel Pineda’s Road Manager and Stylist.
Somehow I’m quite settled to be remembered as the singer who can cook, farm, raise a family and, well, rock n’ roll like there’s no tomorrow.
Does the venue and location have any effect on the style you choose for a particular show, say playing in Japan vs a show in Europe?
Mr. Pineda: Yes, of course. Japan and Europe, they are both challenging because people there are so into fashion and I’m learning a lot as I go on.
Mr. Session: Japan allows for a more creative look on stage vs the USA where we try to stay more classic mainstream. Different weather in the areas needs to be factored in too. Arnel is from Philippines and doesn’t respond well to cold weather. We allow for layers so as he performs and has warmed up we can peel off the layers.
Yul seems to play an important role when it comes to you style. Can you tell us about how you guys came to work together?
Mr. Pineda: A common friend introduced Yul to me as an assistant. And to my surprise, he’s into fashion and he is quite hardcore, so since he’s my PA, he became one of my voices when it comes to how I would look up on that big stage. We are still a work in progress, which is a healthy thing.
Describe your reaction when Neil Schon first called and asked if you would be interested in auditioning for the job?
Mr. Pineda: I thought he was crazy, until now. But I still think it’s crazy in every way.
Many front men for bands have had lasting legacies, and a lot has had to do with their personal style (Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, Steve Tyler, etc). What would say is Arnel Pineda’s style and how do you want to be remembered?
Mr. Pineda: I’m just a messenger. I’m very glad and I’m very grateful that I was chosen to be the one to get the chance to do it. Look, no matter what I do up there with the rest of the boys, it will always be the legacy of Mr. Perry (Steve Perry) and Journey. They will always hear him and I’m perfectly fine with that. And somehow I’m quite settled to be more remembered as the singer who can cook, farm, raise a family and, well, rock n’ roll like there’s no tomorrow.
If it all ended tomorrow (being the lead singer for Journey), would you have any regrets and what would you do next?
Mr. Pineda: No regrets at all. The memories I’ve made with the big boys I will definitely cherish and will be framed and have a special place on my family’s house walls. And then I’ve got hundreds of ways to reinvent myself plus the permanent things I need to manage after Journey, most importantly my family.
If you could duet with any singer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Mr. Pineda: There’s so many… Jim Morrisson, John Farnham, Bono, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ann Wilson, Brian Johnson, Steve Perry, Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Don Henley, Karen Carpenter… gosh, there’s just too many great singers out there. It will be completely and totally magical event if it was to ever happen.
Special thanks to World Wide Exposure, Inc
It started with a message from a fan named Rob on Arnel’s Wall. Arnel replied and promised to do his best. Three months later, after some coordination, it happened:
First of all, I love your vocals and think you are an amazing addition to Journey! Your own journey has been amazing, filled with many human hardships and rewards. You have the fortitude keep on going no matter what. I love that! You inspire me!
I’m writing you because I wanted to ask you a question regarding your August 1, 2014 Mandalay Bay show in Las Vegas, NV. I am attending this show to celebrate my 50th Birthday! Would you allow me the honor to ask my girlfriend Tiffany whom I’ve been dating for the past two years to be my wife on your stage? We have tickets on the main floor 20 rows back at your August 1, Las Vegas show. This would be something she and I would never forget…
A bit about me: I’m also a performing artist, www.ShamelessRob.com on the long road towards maybe someday being recognized for my musical contributions. I was married for 16 years and divorced 10 years ago with three children. As a result, I lost everything, my house, my car and my family support system. I lost the support of my sisters and brother, and other friends and family because of my “sinful” divorce, and their religious convictions.
I’ve spent the last 10 years rebuilding my life, writing and performing original music, and building a new family. I met Tiffany along the way, and she really loves who I am. This kind of love is so hard to find. She has a three year old boy Dillon who calls me “Dad.” I love him so much. His father wants nothing to do with him. So I have found something really special with Tiffany and Dillon, and I wanted to see if you and your band would help me celebrate my love for them?
And they lived happily ever after!
Journey does receive – but have to reject – plenty of similar requests while on tour. Fate smiled upon a fan and Arnel followed through with his promise this one time.
Update – Sept. 15, 2014:
First-person narrative video of what went down, edited by Rob himself. Take a look! youtube.com/v/hLVo-MJnCQs
On July 24th 2014, the documentary Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey will premiere in Manila with two screenings: 6:00pm and 8:30 pm. Director Ramona Diaz as well as other guests plan to attend. In celebration of this event, a free ticket to each of the two shows will be given out to two lucky individuals selected by random drawing. See more details about the premiere here.
For a chance to win a ticket, simply do the following:
1. Share this article about the event on any social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). If you don’t have an account, please ask a friend to share for you.
2. In the comments section of this page, post a link to the content where you shared the post.
3. State your preferred showtime.
Deadline: July 21st, 2014 at Midnight, Manila time. In case the two winners choose the same showing, the winner who posted first will be given priority.
Arnel’s Facebook Fan Page is also running a contest for two entrants to win ₱1,000 cash. Only one prize will be awarded per winner on this and the Facebook Fan Page contests. Thanks to the Assumption Alumnae Association’s Assumption Cares for this giveaway.[bd_separator]
Winner of the 6pm showing: Izza
Winner of the 8:30pm showing: twinrockers
The highly anticipated screening of the documentary Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey will finally happen where it all began: Philippines.
Arnel Pineda’s fairy tale chronicles his rise from ambiguity to the world stage following Journey founder Neal Schon’s unconventional search for a lead singer. The critically-acclaimed film is punctuated with various clips from concerts including the band’s epic Live in Manila which only the big screen can duly demonstrate. The screenings will benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) with the facilitation of Assumption Alumnae Association’s Assumption Cares.
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Screenings: 6:00pm and 8:30pm
Location: Rockwell Cinema 6, Makati
Ticket / Donation: ₱1000 ($23)
For Tickets Call: 09175381920 | 09178306883 | 09176187870
Or call the Assumption SLV, AAA Office: 894 3561
Director Ramona Diaz will host a Q&A after both screenings. Surprise guests also plan to attend. Stay tuned for more particulars and share the news about this unique engagement!
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- Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Audience Award
- Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award
- Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival