When I mentioned it to the husband earlier this week, he said that yeah, he'd heard about the new lead singer thing. I asked if his name was Steve as well. He said no, that the new guy is actually a short Filipino man who apparently sounds just like Steve Perry. OK. I had to go find out more.
Here he is.
Here's a bigger picture of him.
And here's the new band photo.
He's standing below all the other guys, so you can't really tell how tall he is in comparison. Name doesn't sound anything like Steve Perry, nor does he look anything like him.
And how did Journey find their new lead singer? This is from the website:
When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
Go to this link, and then scroll down to the December 5, 2007 story for more information.
(The band Boston found their new lead singer in a similar fashion, except in that case, it was myspace and not YouTube.)
Here's the video that Neal saw of Arnel with his previous band, The Zoo, singing "Faithfully". Wow.
I think it's particularly funny and amazing to hear him talking at the beginning, normal voice, idle chit chat, and then he just launches into "Faithfully" and belts out the song. He doesn't sound *exactly* like Steve Perry, but he's pretty close, and regardless, he sure can carry the notes. Arnel's quote from the website: "It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there's only one Steve Perry in this world."
And here's Arnel with The Zoo singing "Don't Stop Believin'". It's just incredible. Can you imagine walking into a club and hearing this?
Here's Journey with Arnel as lead singer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" recently, performing "Faithfully".
There's a video telling the story of how Neal Schon found Arnel, but YouTube won't let me embed the video, so here's the link.
And here's an interview with Journey, including Arnel, on the June 1, 2008 CBS Sunday Morning News.
And just for embarrasment value, here's a video of Arnel Pineda as a small child singing along to "Faithfully". He's just too cute.
Journey has its voice back.