[7][8] He returned to Hong Kong and resumed singing with his band. On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Pineda who had uploaded many of these videos, to ask for Pineda's contact information. At age 13, Arnel lost his mother, after a long battle with heart disease. On December 5, 2007, Pineda was welcomed as the band's new lead singer. [32] Pineda later explains that he does not belong to any political group, nor does he follow any religion. He earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and selling them to recyclers. [28], Pineda married Cherry Pineda in 2001. In 1999, Arnel Pineda released his first solo album. Soon the band began covering songs by groups such as Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and more, with more than 200 performances uploaded to YouTube. While relatives were able to take in his brothers, Pineda was left on his own. The documentary is about the band Journey and Pineda. In 2019, Arnel met with Journey’s original frontman Steve Perry, after Journey was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1991, during one of those performances, a talent agent spotted Pineda and New Age and asked them to move to Hong Kong to perform at a very popular entertainment restaurant called Grammy's. The self-titled album had several hits in Asia. In 1988, they turned heads when they won the Philippines' leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion Contest. His mother instilled his love for singing at an early age, encouraging him to sing along to her favorite singers like Karen Carpenter and Barbra Streisand. Then, he spent about 2 years of his life in the streets. “One of the sweetest hug you can ever get from one of my heroes and silent mentors.”, “It means the world to me. [27] The Manila concert was released as a live concert DVD. And Journey stumbled upon an uncanny cover and more. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel. He used to sing in a Shakey's Pizza Parlor on Taft Street in Manila. He began singing at just five years old, and had entered many singing contests as a child. In 1986, some members of Ijos formed a group called Amo. "[21] Journey keyboardist/guitarist Jonathan Cain described Pineda's performance in a radio interview: "We went to Chile just recently, where we had never played and they went crazy, they absolutely went nuts...Arnel's first show — talk about a stressful thing — we had a televised concert for 25 million people...Is the guy a winner? In 2012, a documentary called – ”Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” was released. On June 3, 2008, Journey released its 13th studio album (and the first album with lead singer Arnel), called – ”Revelation.” It debuted at No. He came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the new lead singer of the American rock band Journey. 5 in the Billboard Top 200 album chart. visit to the United States Gulf Coast performing at the Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, Alabama, and at the Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, was a tremendous hit due to the large Filipino communities living in that area. On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon, guitarist and member of the band Journey, saw a video of Pineda on YouTube and immediately contacted him. Yeah, he's a winner. Arnel said to the people of his homeland: “Don’t stop believing. The sons’ names are Matthew and Angelo. All of the music on Revelation was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with Journey on their Platinum-certified Trial by Fire album).[24]. The European version distributed through Frontiers Records contains 11 new songs, 11 re-recorded classics, plus one new bonus track, but does not include the DVD. © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. The US tour (with Heart and Cheap Trick) began on July 9, 2008, in Denver, Colorado, and continued through October 4, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pineda celebrated his 41st birthday on September 5, 2008, during a concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario. Arnel Pineda was born on September 5, 1967, in Sampaloc, Manila, in the Philippines. Thank you Almighty God!”, Pineda said that Steve Perry is “the only true voice of Journey.”. [9] On their only day off, Sunday, the band often performed at Filipino community events. He started to make some money after he released his debut album in 1999 as well as with the band The Zoo. His best-known songs chronicle Springsteen's working-class roots in New Jersey. He has 3 younger brothers, named Joselito, Roderick, and Russmon. They opened for Robert Palmer in Manila in 1989. Throughout his childhood, Pineda endured grave misfortune. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); Subscribe to the Biography newsletter to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives. For the last couple of years, Arnel has been married to one wife. The Zoo performed several nights a week at clubs in Manila and Olongapo during 2006 and 2007. In 1999, he released his first studio album on the Warner Bros. record label. It was certified gold by the RIAA with more than 336,000 units sold within the first few days. Neal Schon, a member of the band Journey, contacted Arnel on June 28, 2007, after he saw clips of Pineda singing on YouTube. This band played 3–4-hour sets Monday through Saturday at The Cavern Club in Hong Kong. Amo was very popular in the Chinese-owned California Jam club in Olongapo City, which was frequented by United States military personnel. During the 2008 Journey World Tour, Arnel sang in 57 concerts. The band played a three-month stint at The Edge in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, in 2002.

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