The 50th Birthday Concert

Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Joining Arnel are very special guests including teen powerhouse Anatalia Villaranda – fresh off The Voice USA. So be there at this once-in-a-lifetime event, and jam with the artists and live band in an open-mic session!

Tickets are inclusive of a full-course sit down dinner at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila and available through Up North Productions | +639176527463

For sponsorship inquiries, please email upnorthproductionsinc@gmail.com.

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Taratogs: Arnel Pineda launches music community

Taratogs - Arnel Pineda
Founders - Taratogs - Arnel Pineda

Cherry & Arnel Pineda, Jaeger Tanco, Maricar, Danela

A regular guy on the streets, but a musician in the sheets? Don’t hide it! Share the talent you’ve got. Taratogs is a community of music junkies joined together by the relentless passion for sound. Whether you’re someone who makes sounds or someone who listens, for as long as you have the heart for music, you are welcome to join. We encourage musicians – independent or signed – to share their craft and engage other members of this community to talk about the art of tunes and encourage others to create, too. By creating this online space, our mission is to keep music and OPM alive. Tara, tugtog!

If you are a musician, songwriter, music lover, poet, cover band, music critic, indie band, professional recording artist, OPM artist, be a part of our community!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taratogs/
Twitter: @tara_togs
Instagram: @tara_togs

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Giveaway: End-of-Tour 2016 Celebration

As we approach the conclusion of Journey’s extremely successful 2016 tour, Arnel Pineda and his official website offers its biggest giveaway to date. For a chance to receive this giveaway, simply complete the following:

If I could say one thing to Arnel, it would be…

Post in the comments below using your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus login details. If you don’t have any of these accounts, a friend may post on your behalf. All entries posted by midnight EDT, September 15th will be included. ONE entry will be chosen by Arnel or a relative using the following method: With the authors’ names hidden, the top 3 (based on message) will be chosen then a final entry will be picked via random drawing.

The giveaway bundle (pictured below) are gifts from Arnel and APR and may NOT be resold. Photos were obtained by license and permission from pro photographers Mike Savoia and Brent Groh.

Arnel Pineda and his official website wish to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support!

Tell everyone, and share!


Signed 20×30 poster, 8×12 glossy, 2 signed 8×10 glossies, fan recordings of Chile, Graspop, Kobesatonik & Budokan concerts, sign AP.ex EP

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Journey singer Arnel Pineda signs with Imagen Records

Sounds Of Christmas - Arnel Pineda

There is no denying the exceptional vocal talents of Arnel Pineda, as evidenced with his long-time work with one of rock’s most enduring acts, Journey. Arnel also recently signed a multi-record deal with Imagen Records, which will be issuing the much-anticipated album in 2016. “I am very proud and excited to have such a worldwide sensation as Arnel added to our lineup at Imagen Records,” says president Bob Winegard.

Soon, Arnel will be entering a new stylistic realm, with the release of the ‘Sounds of Christmas’ EP, which will be available for pre-order (digital only) on 12/11 and a street date (again, digital only) on 12/18. Ordering info can be found here: http://apple.co/1NPtUkp

The release is comprised of four tracks (“This Christmas,” “Christmas Day,” “Christmas Time,” and “Jingle Bells”), with the lead single being “This Christmas” – available to streaming partners on 12/11. The tune is currently being serviced to Holiday & Hot AC Commercial Radio and featured on Retail Radio for the month of December (resulting in being heard in over 8,000 stores nation wide). Additionally, Arnel is the “featured artist” and highlighted Holiday single on All Access. As a member of Journey, Pineda has appeared on a pair of studio recordings, 2008’s ‘Revelation’ and 2011’s ‘Eclipse,’ as well as a concert DVD, 2009’s ‘Live in Manilla.’

Arnel also offered the following message – “I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to sign with Imagen Records for my solo projects such as my new Christmas record out now, and my full length solo album coming out next in 2016, and of course, be able to work with such amazing crew and management of Imagen Records. To all the Journey fans, thank you for all your love and support to me and our whole band, looking forward to Journey’s tour next year. Grateful to have all the people around me including Sanre Entertainment, its CEO Rene Walter, and my social media followers and likers, for their continued support, loyalty and love for my God-given talent. God bless everyone.”

Soon, fans of Arnel’s will be able to hear the wide-range of his vocal abilities – in the holiday spirit!

‘Sounds of Christmas’ Track listing:

1. This Christmas
2. Christmas Day
3. Christmas Time
4. Jingle Bells

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Journey and The Doobie Brothers Set 2016 Tour

Journey & Doobie Brothers Tour 2016

JOURNEY and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will launch the “SAN FRANCISCO FEST 2016” tour on Thursday, May 12, 2016, again bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the “San Francisco Sound.” The tour, produced by Live Nation, launches at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California – with concerts scheduled through Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and includes special guest DAVE MASON. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM through LiveNation.com. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into JOURNEY, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon’s solo albums, including critically acclaimed The Calling, and, most recently, Vortex.

Schon was thrilled when Smith accepted his invitation to rejoin JOURNEY, exclaiming, “I’m so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my ‘Neal Vortex Schon’ Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you All soon!!!!”

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

The Doobie Brothers | pic ©doobiebros.com

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS‘ Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band on the 2016 tour. Payne performed on many of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS studio albums as well as on the road; a relationship the band is looking forward to rekindling.

“It’s gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band,” said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. “We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can’t wait to share it with the fans!”

JOURNEY VIP Packages and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS VIP Packages will both be available through VIP Nation. For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com and http://doobiebros.com.

JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “Be Good to Yourself,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has sold 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since. VH1 named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified holders. In 2007, Neal Schon discovered Arnel Pineda on YouTube and succeeded in making Pineda the new lead singer. Two albums and three major tours later, JOURNEY has toured four continents and performed for nearly three million fans, earning the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and VH1 has named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. They released their latest album, Southbound, in November 2014 on Arista Nashville. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic  ©davemasonmusic.com

Dave Mason with Jimi Hendrix, 1968 | Pic ©davemasonmusic.com

Legendary rocker DAVE MASON has an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years, encompassing producing, performing, and songwriting. Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold out shows all over the world. Over his career he has penned over 100 songs and hit singles including “Feelin’ Alright,” “We Just Disagree,” “Only You Know and I Know,” among others. Mason is a true classic rocker who has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many more. When Dave is not touring he continues writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart: Work Vessels for Vets, Yoga Blue, Michael Bolton Charities, and Kid’s Rock.

For more information, visit journeymusic.com, doobiebros.com and davemasonmusic.com.


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Win a signed copy of AP.ex

Arnel, Donna & Lani

Here’s your chance to own a autographed copy of Arnel Pineda’s new Extended Play CD, AP.ex! Meanwhile, anyone who joins the contest will be helping Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc.’s street kids!

Donna obtained a copy and had it personally signed by Arnel. Now, Donna is offering it to one randomly-selected APFI donor. It’s easy to enter:

  1. Donate at least $10 (or equivalent, in other currencies) to APFI HERE. Every $10 donated equals one entry. For example, if you donate $20, your name will be entered twice.
  2. Forward the notification email from Paypal to donna-email

Deadline is Sunday, June 7, 2015 at midnight ET. Good luck, and thank you Donna and donors!

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Contest: Say What? Part 2

In keeping with the holiday spirit, APR offers yet another contest for a chance to win a signed DVD movie! Join the fun and send as many entries as you wish, for more chances to win!

Using the photo of Arnel, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo, post in the comments section any of the following:

  • Caption
  • Speech- and/or thought-bubble text on any or all of the guys. Make sure you indicate who said what.

Contest ends: Tues., Dec. 16th – Midnight ET
Prize: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey DVD signed by Arnel Pineda

DVDAP’s brother, Erik Pineda has kindly agreed to judge the contest. Entrant names will NOT be disclosed to him until after he has selected the winner. The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world,  and is transferrable. Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season, and our gratitude to all APR members for all you do for Arnel and his website. Thanks to APR’s Toni, who took the photo before the show at Denver’s Pepsi Center, July this year. See previous caption contest

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Arnel Pineda at Paskong Pinoy Fiesta – 12.07.14

Arnel Pineda will be performing at the Pinoy Paskong Fiesta (Filipino Christmas Festival) in Hong Kong on December 7th. Along with Arnel are singer/actor Paulo Avelino and comedian Pooh. Save the date and join us to celebrate the holidays!

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Journey / Steve Miller Band in Top 20 Concert Tours

Journey, SMB & TOP Group Pic - 2014

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.

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