Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Journey Thanks Web 2.0 For Their New Lead Singer

After years of trying to cope without Steve Perry as their frontman, guitarist Neil Schon turned to YouTube. Journey has had several stand-ins over the years, but none has stuck. Meanwhile, Arnel Pineda had struggled through a difficult life in the Phillipines, losing his mother as a teenager and being homeless for a time. He posted videos of his band performing Journey covers on YouTube, setting the digital stage for Schon. Arnel's singing voice is so eerily similar to Steve Perry, it was easy for Journey to make the decision for him to be the new lead singer to go on their latest worldwide tour.

Here is one of the videos the band saw to make their decision:

Here is a clip of Arnel singing with the Journey from CBS' Sunday Morning, along with the full story of his discovery:

The flipside of this new audition tool is that they now can use YouTube to promote their new singer. Journey has recorded a new CD with Arnel and is touring with him. Nice story.

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