DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY Movie Review
It’s a fantastic story, filled of Journey songs so fans will definitely be entertained.
Wish they could have interviewed Steve Perry so we could hear his take on Arnel
4 / 5 – Very Good
Reviewed by: Kevin Taylor
It’s a story you truly have to see to believe. Journey, one of the most popular bands in the history of music, was without a lead singer in 2006. The members still wanted to make music and tour the nation, but they couldn’t do it without a front man who could come close to the level of the iconic Steve Perry. Then, they found their guy, a man from the Philippines who they found on youtube, and the rest they say, is history. This is Don’t Stop Believin’ Everyman’s Journey, the incredible story of Arnel Pineda. READ MORE[bd_separator]
March 5, 2013
‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’: Rock on
You absolutely don’t have to be a fan of the rock group Journey to enjoy Ramona Diaz’s “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”
Because I’m not. Really. Not to put too fine a point on it, but as someone who was working as a rock critic for the first decade and a half of the group’s existence, I always regarded them as unexplainably popular, an at-best thoroughly mediocre hit-making machine. Not quite in the same league as Yes for pretentiousness, but approaching that same ’80s-era-level of arena-rock bombast. READ MORE[bd_separator]
Review: Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey
Mar. 5, 2013 by: JimmyO
PLOT: What happens when an Eighties rock band is looking for a new lead singer? For the hit-makers Journey once fronted by Steve Perry, the answer was found on YouTube. It was then that a young man from the Philippines was plucked from obscurity and found himself on tour with the popular retro act.
REVIEW: As ridiculously difficult as it may be to make it in the music business, it seems we are hearing a whole lot about overnight sensations or YouTube “celebrities.” DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: AN EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY may be about that very same thing, yet in bringing the audience along for the ride we see a far more personal exploration of a young singer thrust into the limelight.
When we first meet Arnel Pineda he is taking a tour of a local elementary school in his home town of Manila. While getting a picture taken with one of the teachers, she asks what the name of his band is, he replies with Journey. Young or old, possibly every living soul has heard of this super group from the 70’s and 80’s. According to the film their hit song “Don’t Stop Believing” is probably being played somewhere on the radio station as you read this. However, the band’s lead singer Steve Perry left the band after he underwent a hip replacement surgery in 1997 and couldn’t tour with the band for that period of time. He and his former band mates have since gone their separate ways.
In the new documentary feature from director Ramona S. Diaz, the Perry years are referenced but mostly ignored. This is not his story. This is the story of a man from the Philippines given the chance of a lifetime to become the lead singer of one of his all-time favorite bands. The Perry-inspired vocalist was discovered after lead guitarist Neal Schon found some of his videos on YouTube. While it may seem like the making of some sort of reality television series, the match lead to a very prosperous year in 2008 with a certified platinum album entitled “Revelations” and a top grossing concert tour. READ MORE[bd_separator]
Originally posted by celadonia: Hope you won’t mind if I just cut and paste my favorite lines from the review.
“Well, it didn’t take long for them to find out after the little sparkplug ran back and forth on the catwalk of their opening 2008 show together in Chile. Arnel brings a personality they’ve never had with an undying athleticism and unwavering smile that lights up the audiences’ faces as much as the bandmates playing along. We see bassist Ross Valory mouth the word “wow” a couple times during stage shows and drummer Deen Castronovo‘s constant praise when Pineda brings the house down despite a cold is a contagious bit of love, support, and admiration. Journey found a new lease on life with their discovery, inherited an entire Filipino nation of fans Schon says thanks him whenever they recognize him on the street, and helped make a young kid’s dream a reality.”
“…The smile never fades, his joy is never satisfied, and the future remains hopeful he could still one day step from his hero’s shadow. With some input on their latest album Eclipse he’s proven himself to be a full fifth of one of the world’s most loved rock outfits and we should give him and the band our full attention and appreciation for keeping the music alive.”
March 6, 2013
By PETERSON GONZAGA and CHRIS TRONDSENFront Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—In 2007, veteran musician Arnel Pineda was on the brink of giving up on his dream of becoming a worldwide success. At 40, the Philippines native had enjoyed some modest success at home and in Hong Kong, but after years of performing with a number of bands, he was nowhere near his goal of achieving the kind of fame and fortune he had imagined for himself as a youngster. READ MORE