Arnel Pineda’s story is truly one for the Internet age. The Philippines-based Pineda was featured in several YouTube videos showcasing his band, The Zoo, and while the musicianship backing him up wasn’t all that great, Pineda’s voice shone, particularly on tunes like “Faithfully” and “Don’t Stop Believing”.
Journey just happened to be looking for a new singer after the departure of Jeff Scott Soto, the latest in a line of disappointing post-Steve Perry pretenders. Guitarist Neal Schon happened upon Pineda’s videos online, dropped him an e-mail and asked him to join the band.
Here is Arnel Pineda and Journey performing on Ellen…he does sound a lot like Steve Perry.