DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
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JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. They have continued to tour and record into the 21st century, and have never stopped creating vital music. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album-holders. Journey is re-energized with the line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).
Journey’s rock ‘n’ roll saga started more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Columbia Records signed the group in November 1974, and each of the band’s first three albums—Journey (1975), Look Into the Future (1976), and Next (1977)—charted higher than the previous release. The band embarked on a grueling touring schedule, staying on the road nine months per year performing music that Schon has referred to as “a rock ‘n’ roll version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.”
Journey’s fourth album, Infinity, was their first with Steve Perry, and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Rolling Stones, Queen, The Cars). It immediately went Platinum after its April 1978 release, remaining on the charts for more than two years, and has sold more than three million copies to date.
In 1978, Journey brought their former drum roadie Steve Smith into the fold, adding his expert jazz-fusion chops to their signature sound for 1979’s Evolution, which would become their second million-selling album. In October of that year, Journey scored their first Top 30 single with “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” Keeping up a prolific output in the studio and on the road, the band waited less than a year to release Departure, which became their first Top 10 album and boasted the lead single “Any Way You Want It,” which reached #8 on the Billboard album chart. A subsequent live double album, Captured, became their fourth consecutive Platinum disc.
1981’s Escape was the band’s first #1 album and spent more than a year in the Top 40, eventually becoming certified eight times Platinum. That album produced three Top 10 hits that have become the best-known songs in Journey’s repertoire: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms.” The latter track, which marked the first songwriting collaboration between Cain and Perry, quickly became the band’s signature song and would years later be covered by many artists.
By the early 1980s, Journey had become bonafide superstars. In 1983, Frontiers reached #2 on the Billboard album chart, held back from the top spot only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Between 1983 and 1986, the band landed seven Top 20 hits, including “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Girl Can’t Help It” and “Only the Young,” their song for the film Vision Quest.
In 2006, Neal Schon found Journey’s singer Arnel Pineda when he discovered a YouTube video of Pineda singing with a Filipino cover band called the Zoo. Pineda’s tone, power, and ability to sing a wide variety of material—including a couple of Journey classics—impressed Schon. After watching all the available videos he could find with Pineda, Neal made an excited midnight phone call to share the news with his bandmate Cain. Soon thereafter, Schon personally contacted Pineda, who initially thought it was a prank and didn’t believe that he was talking to a founding member of one of the biggest bands in rock history. But six weeks later, after spontaneously singing a Journey song for Philippines immigrations officers to prove the reason for his trip, Pineda arrived in San Francisco to meet with Journey. Within a few songs, he had secured the job.
Journey introduced Pineda to the world as their official new singer with the release of their 14th studio album, Revelation, which marked the band’s biggest first-week sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that “the band…feels alive.” Journey toured the world for two years in support of Revelation, with more than a million fans attending the shows.
The group’s success with Pineda led to another album of brand new material, Eclipse. Produced by Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Schon and Cain, the new album features Pineda’s songwriting contributions for the first time, solidifying the strong chemistry that the singer was just beginning to formulate on Revelation.
The 2011 Eclipse World Tour was one of the band’s most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. Journey was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honor of the band’s significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.
2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of Journey’s classic anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The song is the #1 digital catalog song in history, with sales of more than 5.4 million in the U.S., and was memorably used in the electrifying series finale of HBO’s The Sopranos in 2007. But the song reached another level of stratospheric success in 2009, when it was covered by the cast of FOX’s wildly successful series Glee and became the best-selling song from the show. Three decades after its original release, “Don’t Stop Believin’” has reached a new class of young fans to become a huge anthem for a whole new generation.
“The world is so ready for us,” states Schon. “Things are opening up everywhere we go. Journey is a world band now.”
Multiple generations are welcoming this legendary band in 2012, as Journey continues to bring their signature sound of classic hits and new favorites across the country on tour with Pat Benatar, featuring Neil Giraldo, and Loverboy.
The band is firing on all cylinders and making sure their fans will never stop believin’.