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Mr. Arnel Pineda

Wrong Arnel Pineda?

Lead Singer

Journey
 
Background

Employment History

  • Singer
  • Lani Misalucha U.S. Tour

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Journey
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Web References
Melodic Net - Staff
www.melodic.net, 23 Oct 2014 [cached]
Arnel Pineda, New Singer In Journey!
About Journey : Don’t Stop Believin’ : Everyman’s Journey
www.everymansjourney.com, 10 May 2014 [cached]
Arnel Pineda Lead Vocals
JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. They have continued to tour and record into the 21st century, and have never stopped creating vital music. Since the group's formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. The band's Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album-holders. Journey is re-energized with the line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).
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But six weeks later, after spontaneously singing a Journey song for Philippines immigrations officers to prove the reason for his trip, Pineda arrived in San Francisco to meet with Journey. Within a few songs, he had secured the job.
Journey introduced Pineda to the world as their official new singer with the release of their 14th studio album, Revelation, which marked the band's biggest first-week sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that "the band...feels alive. Journey toured the world for two years in support of Revelation, with more than a million fans attending the shows.
The group's success with Pineda led to another album of brand new material, Eclipse.
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Arnel Pineda Lead Vocals Photo of Arnel Pineda of Journey
Arnel Pineda, born in Sampaloc, Manila, in the Philippines, began singing at age five. His parents encouraged him to enter singing contests, and from a young age on, he has been recognized for his outstanding vocal abilities. On December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the new lead singer of Journey. He mentions that joining the legendary band was a dream come true for him. He states, "It's so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. Arnel's grace and spirit, along with his amazing talent, are now being shared worldwide. It's well deserved for this humble and extremely talented man. Arnel now resides in Quezon City in the Philippines.
Learn more about Arnel here.
The Journey Zone
www.journey-zone.com, 19 Jan 2010 [cached]
Since then, Muir has followed up on his initial entry with a regular series of addendae, charting the Journey with lead singers Jeff Scott Soto and Arnel Pineda, with insights that continue to rock the Journey community.
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Arnel Pineda from the Philippines was fronting The Zoo, another tribute band (whose live repertoire included a number of Journey songs), and the guitarist contacted the singer after hearing him on YouTube clips. With the hardcore hearing the rumour, and the rumour becoming a substantiated fact, yet another debate started on the melodicrock.com chat rooms but this time a number of the comments had, sadly, a xenophobic and semi-racist edge to them due to some American fans berating the choice of a relatively inexperienced 'cheap labour' outsider with a strange accent.
However, on December 5th, 2007, the official announcement was made that Arnel Pineda was the new lead vocalist for Journey, which came as no surprise to many a fan and music journalist who already knew the who, if not the when, while some heated 'fans' still continued to condemn the choice. Pineda has a strong delivery but his highs aren't as clean as Hunsicker's, and his lack of experience at big-band long-tours level make him a curious choice over the likes of Kevin Chalfant.
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Shirley got in on the act too, commenting that not only is Pineda "Just phenomenal," but the recorded songs are "…sensational.
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Before his Journey began, Arnel Pineda was a relative unknown outside of the Philippines and Hong Kong, but the Filipino community embraced him so quickly and passionately that he has become not just a hero but a musical icon for those fans, and once his story started to unfold it wasn't just his fellow Filipinos that started championing the cause. He certainly had a traumatic and difficult childhood--his mother dying as he reached his teens, having to leave school to make money by collecting scrap metal on the streets, sleeping rough before getting his first singing opportunity at only fifteen. He is now living a dream, and who would deny him that?
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Arnel Pineda is a very good singer, with a powerful voice in his small frame and has a tonality similar to Perry circa the Frontiers/1983 era. He has great fullness of voice in his low- to mid-range but has "dirt" in the upper register, yet his power can take him beyond "normal" range and he can nail the "Faithfully" outros with a sustain to match Perry…but by the same token will never be able to hit the clean highs of that signature sound so prevalent circa 1978-1982. But then who could? Very few. And although there is no question performing long tribute sets five or six nights a week requires discipline (and he has toured in the Philippines), touring the world with all the pressures and problems that can bring (travel, bugs, physical & mental health, vocal attrition) while singing a full Journey set is a whole different microphone, and early in the 2008 tour he was already (on some shows) stretching and struggling on the chorus money shots of some songs whilst singing 'under' the notes on those and others.
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Also, although there are of course dedicated fans in the States, the U.K., and other parts of Europe that's not the market anymore--the potential in Australasia, the Philippines and parts of South America is massive, and the new younger developing fan base (including thousands who have never heard of Steve Perry - or even Journey before Pineda joined) will be desperate to hear the Greatest Hits they have heard on radio, YouTube, or via their parents or elders, performed by a man they see as the new hero on the block.
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Wal-Mart is worldwide, people (in the U.K. the affiliation is the ASDA chain), and with the marketing potential of Arnel Pineda and the territories mentioned above you have the opportunity for Journey to make more money than they have since the Hay Daze.
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"After all these Years," for example, is "Faithfully" for the new era and will become Arnel's 'song', while "Never Walk Away" is almost a reworking of "Be Good to Yourself.
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Another comment that I took a bit of flak for was seemingly suggesting in the last Addendum that Arnel Pineda was auditioned and hired only after Jeremey Hunsicker declined the opportunity (or had the offer retracted), although that came from the fans who don't accept that Hunsicker was offered the gig in the first place.
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In a GQ magazine interview done in May, which primarily covered the resurgence and Arnel Pineda but also gave a potted Journey history, Schon was questioned on the issues behind not speaking about Steve Perry and came out with the remarkable "We just try not to.
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Hence why Arnel Pineda may yet struggle or be on a three-year contract.
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That didn't do Steve Augeri any favours, it didn't help Jeff Scott Soto, and it caused problems for Arnel Pineda (covered later).
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In October 2008 Arnel Pineda confirmed Revelation had gone Platinum (sales of one million in the United States), however the RIAA have very specific calculation criteria for multi-disc sets and Revelation meets that criteria - each unit (CD) within the set counts as one unit towards certification.
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The aforementioned tracks may well become two of what will be very few Steve Augeri-era songs to feature in future set-lists, and the way they sell it now it's as if Arnel Pineda was the lead vocalist who followed and replaced Steve Perry (Pineda is continually compared to Perry) - albeit ten years later.
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Arnel Pineda may have a similar tonality to Steve Perry, but Benoit David is a true sound-a-like.
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And where would they be now if Arnel Pineda never became the story because the hard drive had?
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Arnel Pineda also struggled in parts during the 2008 tour (more towards the end of the schedule as vocal attrition kicked in), but overall was solid with some great deliveries. However at the Superbowl he was off his game as he later confirmed himself via on-line comments, and kudos to him for not ducking the issue nor using the cold he was carrying as an excuse.
But that in itself is a telling sign - his immune system had never encountered western infections or viruses before his Journey began, and he will be prone to picking up bugs as well as struggling to come to terms with singing such a vocally challenging songbook on the road.
It was also interesting to note that it's now only on that Journey road he's allowed to sing the Journey songs, as shortly after a trip back home between the '08 and '09 schedules (where he appeared on various programmes for interviews and performed some Journey numbers) he was "prohibited" from singing the group's original songs in his solo promotional appearances.
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Meanwhile back on the JRNY09Eb tour, another telling sign was their performance for the CBS Early Show on 28th August where it was evident that Arnel Pineda was clearly suffering from vocal fatigue and his lower register was carrying some "dirt. An early in the day performance can cause the latter however (and outdoor shows such as this and the Superbowl can produce pitching issues due to poor monitor mix and changing weather conditions), but the difference vocally from 2008 to 2009 is quite noticeable to those with an ear. Hence the half-step drop.
The tour itself was well received as expected, and the highlight for the older fan or classic-era purist was undoubtedly Gregg Rolie's appearance at the Austin, Texas, show in September where he performed "Just the Same Way," with Deen Castronovo taking the "Perry" vocals.
As regards the de-tuning, I wrote back in 2008 that Journey "…had always performed in standard concert E tuning up to and including Arnel Pineda's first Journey tour…and it may well cause problems for Arnel Pineda.
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Unsurprisingly, their spot on the show was more about Arnel Pineda than Journey, although they did perform two numbers (which, also unsurprisingly, were "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully").
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This break from touring can clearly be attributed to necessary down time for Arnel Pineda as well as vacation time for the band and entourage (now that they can afford to come off the road following year after year on it), because otherwise it would seem strange to disregard what is a "35th Anniversary Year" (since the release of the debut album) and the Tour potential of such an event.
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Arnel Pineda had already turned forty when he started his Journey so it will only get harder, not easier-but he does have a great set of pipes, has some great moments, can deliver great versions of some of the classics...but he is not one of the greats, sorry. Not in my (e)book.
Interestingly, the proposed 2011 JRNY tour may well be dependant on all parties agreeing to such...
Arnel Pineda was interviewed by the PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in November to talk about his life, recent success, and the Arnel Pineda Foundation he established to help support the street children of his homeland (the Foundation also helped the victims of typh
Journey's 2011 album - the ...
www.norwalkreflector.com, 3 July 2014 [cached]
Journey's 2011 album - the hard and prog-rock infused Eclipse -- the second to feature newish (six-year member) lead singer Arnel Pineda, peaked at No. 13, but didn't repeat the surprising success of Pineda's debut with the band - 2008's platinum-selling Revelation.
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"… So it was very cool for us to sell platinum on a new record with new songs from Arnel and we're going to continue putting new stuff out even though the biggest issue for us is with all the [illegal] digital downloads," he said.
Live from Los Angeles: July 2008
www.philippinepressclub.com, 1 July 2008 [cached]
Filipinos in the audience were there for one reason and one reason alone: watch their kababayan - Journey's new lead singer no less - Arnel Pineda.
He didn't disappoint. A dynamo even at 40, Pineda was all over the place, and impressed the crowd with his incredible energy. He sang, he jumped, swirled, twirled, twisted and did just about everything a performer would do to impress the crowd, which responded with screaming delight. He endeared himself to the hundreds of Pinoys in attendance when he acknowledge their presence and addressed them as "kababayan."
From the first series of fast Journey tunes that opened the concert, Pineda was strutting nonstop with incredible energy.
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Soon, they chorused along to Pineda. It was, for many of those in the audience, one of the evening's most heartwarming moments. For those of us who grew up in the '70s and '80s, the effect was magical as the familiar melody carried us down memory lane.
More hit songs followed until the band played "Faithfully", a song that immortalized the group in the entertainment world. Pineda, despite his diminutive size, proved that he is equally and incredibly talented as his band mates and could hold his own in the global entertainment scene.
Indeed, Pineda made every Filipino proud that night.
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Arnel Pineda & Journey returns to rock Las Vegas
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I got to the venue early and just crowd watched, slowly the casino started getting invaded by "Journey" concert T's, conversations about the bands, incredible new addition, Arnel Pineda and a proud display of Filipino pride, all 12,000 people descending upon the Mandalay Bay Events center, under a full Las Vegas moon.
Journey's North American tour supporting the bands 13th release "Revelation" began on July 9th in Denver, with sold out shows along the way to Las Vegas, this stop not being any different, the sold to capacity venue rocked July 19th.
I wasn't able to see the beginning of Cheap Trick, due to the fact that I attended one of Journey's meet and greets that took place just prior to the show. During the meet and greet, I was fortunate enough to meet Arnel and Jonathan Cain.
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There was about 20 or so of us in the room and my husband turned to me and said "There's Arnel" I said.. "Where? He was standing, his back to me. At the Planet Hollywood show, his presence and voice was so huge, here he was right in front of me, he's tiny! I didn't even recognize him at first. He turned around and greeted the people there with such a warm, friendly smile, his energy was so contagious, you couldn't help but match the same huge smile on your face. I went up and introduced myself and told him that I had been one of the photographers at the Planet Hollywood show and showed him a few of my photos, he happily autographed two of them and posed for a photo. I just cannot say enough good things about him, in all honesty, it's so refreshing and I truly believe that in Arnel, Neal found a diamond, he's truly a gem.
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I went up to him and thanked him for going out of his way for me that was probably the highlight of the night for me besides meeting Arnel.
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Arnel came out all guns blazing with my favorite at the moment "Never Walk Away", I was so tempted to put my camera down and just rock out, but, they only give you the first 3 songs, so decided against it. He was full of energy and passion, jumping off the drum riser, dominating the stage at times going to his knees, tossing around his black hair, it was awesome to see.
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I loved how Arnel just went crazy towards the end of this song. Twirling "Round and round" along with Deen's pounding drums, you couldn't help but yell and scream, it was electric. Next up was "Be good to yourself" and "Any way you want it". It was killing me, I wish I had my camera to take shots of Arnel just launching off the drum riser.
The band left the stage, the crowd stomping their feet, wanting more, they returned with "Escape", then classic's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin", at this point, I happened to look up at the monitors again and noticed Arnel, practically bare chested, buttons from his shirt had fallen off, or were they ripped off from leaning over the monitors and coming in contact with adoring fans? Didn't matter, he looked like a rock star, you couldn't help but smile.
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Arnel Pineda - Lead Vocals
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Journey created quit a stir in the rock and roll world when in December 5, 2007, Neal Schon (lead guitarist) announced that they have the perfect replacement as the band's lead singer in Arnel Pineda, whom Neal discovered thru viewing uploaded videos on YouTube.
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Arnel Pineda who hails from the Philippines, is proving to be the perfect vocals exhibiting great collaboration with the rest of the band members, namely Neal Schon (all guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals).
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Arnel stated in a recent interview that "It's so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world.
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Checking the comments on the forum of JOURNEY fan sites, it looks like Arnel has slowly earned their respect, with a voice that is distinctly still Arnel, and the sound purely true JOURNEY whom most of us have grown up with.
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A new song entitled "Never Walk Away" (which came out as a CD single in Europe) blends the rhythmic vocals of Arnel and the classic heart-pounding drum sequence and soft lead of Neal Schon, reminiscent of the 80's but places a stake in a new JOURNEY of the future.
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Jonathan's classic keyboard intro and Arnel's sharp voice sweetly brings out the emotion on the what will be the next wedding dj / radio favorite of the decade, "After All These Years.
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However, early reports from JOURNEY fan sites have been drumbeating how Arnel is more energetic and exhibit greater showmanship on the concert road. His huge smile and perfect chemistry with the band and the audience surely makes the REVELATION world tour the concert not to be missed this summer.
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Arnel Pineda & Journey returns to rock Las Vegas
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