Journey’s New Frontman: Arnel Pineda

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Philippine born Arnel Pineda will be taking the role as lead singer for Journey!

Here is the history:

Videos of The Zoo performing cover songs by Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Air Supply, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins and other popular acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, began appearing on YouTube.com in February 2007 and now number more than 200 in total. On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Pineda who uploaded many of these videos, and then asked for Pineda’s contact information. Schon then sent an e-mail to Pineda inviting the latter to audition for Journey. Pineda initially dismissed the e-mail as a hoax, but after persistent persuasions by Gomez he finally replied to Schon’s e-mail. Ten minutes later Pineda received a phone call from Schon. On August 12 Pineda, along with his manager Bert de Leon, flew to Marin County in San Francisco for a two-day audition.
On December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the lead singer of Journey. CNN Headline News ran the story as part of their “News to Me” segment.

Sounds like a scene from the movie Rockstar!  But it’s real.  This guy can seriously belt out the tunes.

Here are a few videos of him covering various songs and a link to his wikipedia page:

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

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Journey – Faithfully

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Boston – More Than A Feeling

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Air Supply – Now & Forever (Impromptu) 

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