Arnel Pineda still cannot believe he is frontman of Journey
Five years on, Filipino singer Arnel Pineda still finds it unbelievable that he was plucked from YouTube to become the lead singer of legendary rock band Journey.
Pineda, 45, who will be performing with the rest of Journey - guitarist Neal Schon, 59, bassist Ross Valory, 64, pianist and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, 63, and drummer Deen Castronovo, 47 - for their first gig here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on March 19, says: "It's like a fairy tale, it's something that only happens like one in a million, and it happened to me. I'm just so grateful because ever since I was a kid, I've been really dreaming that someday I'd make it big in the music industry."
Known for their anthemic, arena rock tunes, Journey soared to success in the 1970s and 1980s with their lead singer at the time, Steve Perry, whose distinctive vocals made songs like Don't Stop Believin', Open Arms and Who's Cryin' Now chart-topping hits.
The band dropped out of the limelight for a while but went through a revival when their song Don't Stop Believin' was used in the 2007 finale of the hit American TV series about the mafia, The Sopranos and the pilot episode of TV series Glee in 2009.