In recently released Journey documentary, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the band tells the story of how they discovered vocalist Arnel Pineda on YouTube, and overcame the pressure of replacing one of the most recognizable voices in rock.
Journey has released two studio albums with Arnel on vocals. Wondering what the band sounds like these days? Start with these five tracks:
- “City Of Love” (from 2011′s Eclipse) – The opening track from Eclipse proves that Journey’s writing and playing received a shot in the arm with the addition of Arnel. It features a signature huge Journey hook and could easily have been featured on their mid- to late-’80s Steve Perry-era albums Frontiers or Raised On Radio.
- “Anything Is Possible” (from Eclipse) – A classic Journey anthem. Arnel may have been discovered by guitarist Neal Schon via a video of him fronting a Journey tribute band, he’s now putting his own stamp on the group’s legacy… and adding to it.
- “Resonate” (from Eclipse) – A little more metal than Journey fans may be used to… but of course the group’s members have earned their hard rock chops by playing with Sammy Hagar (Schon) and Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler (drummer Deen Castronovo. Arnel’s harmony vocals in the chorus are so close to Steve Perry it’s almost frightening.
- “Faith In The Heartland” (from the 2008 album Revelation) – Originally recorded for the 2005 Generations album, which featured Steve Perry’s original replacement Steve Augeri, the band felt it deserved another shot and re-recorded the track with Arnel. The chorus is so huge it will make you feel like you are the champion/hero in a cheesy ’80s movie! This track proves the playing and writing in Journey is as strong as ever; this is why the band continues to thrive and deliver to their fans.
- “Wheel In The Sky” (from Revelation) – This updated version of the Journey classic is definitely a great polish and tune-up of the original. The vocals are crisp and clear and it’s great to hear Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo, who did not appear on the original, add their spin on the tune.
Learn more about Arnel Pineda and Journey’s amazing story; Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey is in select theaters now. Get info on where to see it in theaters or on demand at the film’s official website.
– Roberto Boschian, WOMC Detroit.