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JOURNEY WELCOMES ARNEL PINEDA
WITH “OPEN ARMS” TO THEIR FAMILY
AS THE BAND’S NEW LEAD SINGER
December 5, 2007 -- After much speculation…the wait is finally over.
JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)--is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”). He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons.
Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs--in addition to original material--with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him.
“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore JOURNEY fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there's only one Steve Perry in this world.”
When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”
Arnel Pineda picks up the story: “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?’ So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”
“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY,” continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound.”
Schon agrees, “We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel.”
JOURNEY is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008. Details will be announced early next year.
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A wine for a cause, De La Montanya Family and the members of Journey have elected to donate the proceeds to the Greater Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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Journey Song On Sopranos Finale!
Big Moment for Journey at `Sopranos' End ~ By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
The songwriters of Journey's power ballad "Don't Stop Believin'" were "jumping up and down" when they learned a few weeks ago it had been licensed for use in the final episode of "The Sopranos."
But even they couldn't believe how it would prove so integral to one of the most memorable final scenes in television history.
"It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for," said Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboard player, who watched at home with his wife and family.
Tony Soprano chose the song after flipping through a jukebox at a New Jersey restaurant where he dined with his family. The song played in the background as ominous characters flitted about and, right as Steve Perry was singing "don't stop," the HBO series did exactly that, for good. The ending infuriated some fans, amused others and intrigued all.
Cain, who wrote the song with Perry and Neal Schon, didn't know how it would be used when they agreed to the licensing. Cain kept the fact that it was going to be in at all a secret, then watched the episode with his family.
"I didn't want to blow it," he told The Associated Press on Monday. "Even my wife didn't know. She looked at me and said, `You knew that and you didn't tell me?'"
Journey released the song in 1981, and it reached No. 9 on the singles chart. It has taken a life of its own since then, often reflecting the attitude people had toward Journey itself. "Don't Stop Believin'" brings back fond memories for many, is unbearably cheesy for others.
It's easy to imagine Tony Soprano, back in the day, taking a young Carmella to a Journey concert.
David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos," has an eclectic musical taste. He's curated two songtrack albums for his series, and made music a key part of the stories, particularly as the ending credits rolled. It's possible "Don't Stop Believin'" was part of the elaborate inside joke he made of the final episode.
It's also possible he found the end of the last verse too hard to resist: "Some will win, some will lose," Perry sings. "Some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on ... "
"Don't Stop Believin'" has been featured in a several television and movie scenes. It crept onto an iTunes top-10 list when, during the same week, it was on Fox's "Family Guy" and in a romantic scene on MTV's "Laguna Beach."
Sports teams have adopted it, too. After the Chicago White Sox used it in 2005, Perry sang it at the parade to celebrate the team's World Series victory.
Cain, who has a 13-year-old and twins aged 11, said the songwriters are careful about how they license the song, and have resisted several advertising campaigns. They debated its use in the film "Monster" with Charlize Theron but, in the end, "she's too cute to say no to," he said.
He was a little nervous Sunday when, as he watched with his children, the mob boss Phil was shot and viewers heard his head crunched as it was run over by an SUV. But he loved the final scene.
"It was very smart writing," he said. "I always love movies where you don't see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he's going to get whacked."
It could help Journey's visibility, too, as it did for singer Nick Lowe when his song "The Beast in Me" was used over the closing credits for "The Sopranos" very first episode. There had been some speculation that Chase would return to it for the finale.
"A lot more people knew Johnny Cash's version (of `The Beast in Me') and this put Nick's version on the map," said Jake Guralnick, Lowe's American manager. "Nick's version is a lot more vulnerable."
Cain said it indicated that a wish he and Perry had — that their songs would have a long life — was coming true.
"It puts our feet in the cement," he said. "We're a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we're here to stay."
JOURNEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF JEFF SCOTT SOTO
June 12, 2007 -- Journey has parted ways with their recently named lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now."
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues, “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”
Journey--Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums)—is taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.
3/15/07 POMP, PAGEANTRY AND POLO WILL GALLOP TOWARDS HISTORIC FIRSTS
AND CRUCIAL CURES AT AMERICA’S 400th ANNIVERSARY CUP OF POLO
On May 12, 2007, an international polo match of epic proportions will square off between the United Kingdom and the United States polo teams in Historic Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia.
Nestled in the rolling hills and striking mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountain range, the event will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the journey undertaken by 104 men, women and children in 1607 that constituted the first brave steps towards the United States becoming an independent, strong nation. Indeed, it will celebrate the enduring spirit of America and all that “we continue to follow in our hearts with determination, optimism and principals,” according to America’s Cup of Polo Chairman Tareq Salahi.
Funds raised at the first-ever America’s Cup will benefit another cause near and dear to Salahi’s heart – the Journey for the Cure Foundation that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The MS Society and Historic Morven Park. “These illnesses do not see country boundaries and cross all lines. They affect all human beings in this nation and across the world,” says Salahi, whose affected friends include competitive international polo professional and member of the 400th Anniversary United States Polo Team, Charles Muldoon, a brave lymphoma survivor.
Mountains are literally being moved to accommodate 5,000 cup attendees at the park, which spans over 1,000 acres. “Mountains of dirt have been moved,” says Will O’Keefe, Executive Director of Morven Park. “There is no polo event we are aware of that has this type of premier viewing capacity for over 5,000 spectators on both sides of the polo field. Two hundred tractor trailers are coming here every day to prepare. It’s a shock in awe. This is truly going to be one of the most unparalleled polo games in the country for spectators due to the huge efforts we’ve made over the course of three years to create what will be one of the most spectacular polo venues and matches in the world,” reports Salahi.
This is also a cause to celebrate the commonwealth of Virginia, where Salahi was born and raised and where he owns an award winning vineyard, Oasis Winery, and is Chairman of VirginiaWineTour.com, a tourism office supporting Virginia and Capital region businesses. “I’m a fan of people showing off Virginia, boasting Virginia, supporting her and increasing awareness of what Virginia represents, and preserving her agriculture and equine driven economic structure.”
World leaders, including President Bush and Queen Elizabeth of England have been invited, but Salahi says that’s not the focus. “The premise is to support these initiatives. Whether or not they will be there, the message is celebrating the 400th anniversary and curing these illnesses. This is what’s so beautiful about America and other countries that support freedom and democracy.”
The event will commence at 11 a.m. to the patriotic sounds of a fife and drum band performance and the singing of the American and English national anthems, by legendary rock band, Journey. Next, spectators will savor the titillating, unprecedented match between the polo teams of the United States and England. There will then be a break between the matches to enjoy a not-yet-announced “surprise” musical performer. The evening will conclude with fireworks and additional performances by Journey. Food, libations and wine will be provided exclusively by vendors from Virginia. Hospitality events, VIP receptions, demonstrations and trophy presentations for the winning polo professionals will round out a full and exciting day of celebration for America’s 400th Anniversary.
America’s Cup of Polo is open to everyone from the general public to private corporations and offers a wide assortment of specialty and general admission packages. Tickets and detailed package information are available online at www.AmericasCupofPolo.com.
Historic Morven Park is one of the last remaining 1,000-acre country estates in the United States and will host America’s Cup of Polo. It is located in Leesburg, Virginia and is just a 20-minute drive from Washington Dulles Airport.
Congratulations to Journey and Def Leppard for wining a 2006 Pollstar award for Most Creative Tour Package for 2006!
12/19/2006 Journey New Lead Singer
Journey announced on December 19th, that Jeff Scott Soto is now the official lead singer for the band. Jeff had been filling in for Steve Augeri while Steve was battling illness. Head on over to journeymusic.com to read more information regarding the change.
Ross Valory to appear at ARF Rocks!
Rock away the night at ARF Rocks! on Friday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. Join Tony La Russa along with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory from Journey along with friend Jeff Scott Soto, guitarist Ronnie Montrose and Marty Casey & Lovehammers. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this memorable evening! Tickets, priced at $100, $50 and $35 will go on sale Tuesday, December 5, 2006 and will be available by calling 925-943-SHOW.
Journey to tour Europe in March 2007!
Journey will be touring Europe beginning March 1, 2007. Check out all the tour dates listed on the tour dates page.
Just bottled! The De La Montanya Winery has teamed up with the current members of Journey to bring you this 2005 Sonoma Coast Red, a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Muenier. Visit journeymusic.com for all the details!
Journey receives honors at the Mohegan Sun Casino!
Journey became just the 8th entertainer to receive a star on the Mohegan Sun's Walk of Fame. Ross, Neal, Jeff, Deen and Jon received their honor prior to a sold out concert on 9/19/2006.
Ross Valory receives full endorsement from Ibanez. Look for Ross to be wielding a new Ibanez bass this tour. He received two custom made bass guitars prior to departing for Journey's European tour and will be working with them now that Journey is back in the states. More details to follow as they become available.
Hop on over to RossValory.com and purchase the re-released Storm albums. Both The Storm and Eye of the Storm are now available and feature Ross along with former Journeymen Gregg Rolie and Steve Smith. Also featured are Kevin Chalfant and Josh Ramos.
Journey is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard. The tour kicks off in Camden NJ on June 23, 2006 and will continue through the month of September. Ticket sales have been hot and heavy and the tour will be a rockin’ good time! Here are the scheduled tour dates as of this time. Look for new pictures of the ZoNe, and check out the dates on our ToUr DaTeS page!
You can WIN a ONE of a kind Fender Guitar Autographed by Journey. Please vist the Journey to the Cure Web Site and make your donation to this worthy cause! Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.
Journey has released their first tour date of 2006. They'll be playing the Festival de Viña del Mar, Chile on February 25th. For more information check out Journey's Web Site. More tour dates are on the way! European dates are being finalized for a June tour!
New Music released over at RossValory.com .. Check out the Sy Klopps Blues Band featuring Journey Bassist Ross Valory and guitarist Neal Schon! Make your purchase at Ross Valory's Official Site!
Check out the new album available at rossvalory.com. VTR's Cinema is a collaborative effort between Ross Valory, George Tickner and Stevie Roseman. The CD also features special guests such as Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Prarie Prince and more. Buy your copy today!
The new album, Illumine, from No Nation, features Ross Valory, Stevie Roseman, Stef Burns, John Hernandez and Ed Ulibarri along with Jon Anderson from Yes and former Moody Blues member Mike Pinder. Purchase yours today at rossvalory.com!
Journey is adding more dates to their tour schedule. The main tour concluded with a three hour show at the Greek Theatre in LA on October 9th. Check out more tour dates at the On the Road section at journeymusic.com.
Read an interview with Ross Valory over at Melodic Rock.