The critically acclaimed documentary about current Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda, called Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, will premiere on PBS on September 3rd, according to Pollstar. The film describes the band's discovery of Pineda in a Philippines cover band on YouTube, and his eventual hiring in 2007, becoming Journey's fourth frontman. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain told the Television Critics Association, "We still have fans of our music showing up in the last year that don't know Steve Perry isn't in the band." He went on to recall a recent show, saying, "It took them 30 minutes to finally wrap their heads around the fact that this guy could sing his butt off. At the end of the show, they were all applauding Arnel's efforts."
Although some fans of Pineda has accused him of simply being a brilliant Steve Perry imitator, he's never claimed to be anything but a true fan of Perry and Journey's classic material: "I never had a slight feeling of intimidation. I'm not even trying to compete with Mr. Perry. I'm just trying to help out. It didn't affect me at all."
Journey's leader, co-founding guitarist Neal Schon added that Pineda is his own man: "He has his own style that he's developed. I watched this guy come from Manila as a club singer and become a rock star. We have a whole new fan base. Filipino nation is showing up at our shows."
Jonathan Cain told us that he and the band are thrilled with how Pineda has clicked musically with the band: "Well, this guy is like right out of a Charles Dickens story. I mean, he's got an amazing tale to tell, and it's almost hard to believe he survived what he survived, y'know? So you gotta look at that and go, 'How tough is this guy?' He's as tough as they come, and I liked everything about him. (The) first week I spent with him I immediately liked him, and took him to task and told him things I though he needed to work on, certainly. But getting him out of the club was the main deal. We had to just get him to stop singing everybody else's music, y'know?"
Neal Schon told us that playing a variety of new markets and having a worldwide presence was always something that he wished for the Journey and was only able to achieve with Pineda in the band: "It's not mind-boggling to me, it's always something that I thought we could achieve. We just never went after it in the '80s and when we were playing stadiums, we never spent the time in Europe and we never spent the time in South America or brought anywhere, except the Orient. So, y'know, in a way, it's really cool because all these markets are fresh, new green grounds for us to (laughs) stomp on, y'know?"
Journey tour dates (subject to change):
August 15 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino Resort
August 16 - Lampe, MO - Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
August 18 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair Grandstand
August 20, 21 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
August 23 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
August 24 - Mulvane, KS - Kansas Star Arena
August 26 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino Amphitheater
August 28, 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
September 1 - Snowmass, CO - Jazz Aspen Snowmass at Snowmass Town Park
September 14 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
November 11 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
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