Its hard to deny Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey, of his epic status in the history of rock and roll. He was without a doubt one of the most powerful and vocally gifted singers of our time. While many of you have heard that he is no longer with the band – not as many are familiar with the story of Arnel Pineda, the formerly homeless Filipino who has taken his place. Discovered on YouTube by Neil Schon, Arnel barely speaks a lick of English, yet he is perhaps the only man in world skilled enough to fill Steve’s shoes. If you haven’t heard him perform with Journey, take a peek at the trailer inside. His Perry-like voice alone is incredible.
Arnel’s amazing story of how he went from the slums of Manila to the front stage of one of the most popular rock bands in history, is a classic tale of being discovered and propelled to music stardom. The documentary called Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this April – and we’ll be there – so be sure to check back for the review.
It sounds like a dream: A charismatic Filipino singer from the slums of Manila posts videos of his cover band to YouTube, and soon he’s fronting an iconic rock band. Sounds crazy, but it’s the real-life rock-and-roll fairy tale that Arnel Pineda is living as the new lead singer of Journey. The pressure’s on Pineda as this rockin’ doc follows Journey’s dizzying world tour. Can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame?