Journey’s Jonathan Cain admits the group was initially reluctant to make the a movie about their latest singer, Arnel Pineda. The keyboardist tells Billboard.com they were “kind of taken aback” by the project, because they’ve always been rather private about what they do. But he says Ramona Diaz, who wrote, directed, and produced “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” finally won them over.
He adds that the film “really is Ramona’s baby,” explaining that it’s “Arnel’s story and Journey cooperated, but it’s her vision.” Cain also praises her efforts. The rocker says Diaz “chased” the group around for nearly four years, which wasn’t easy for her, and he’s actually “most impressed” with “her commitment to this film.” But Cain adds that Diaz “made this movie from the heart” and “really caught this story,” which he describes as “the evolution of a rock star.”
Arnel Pineda’s story is one from rags to riches: Growing up very poor in the Philippines to fronting a Journey cover band to finally getting spotted on YouTube by Journey’s Neal Schon.