Journey's interview with CBS News Sunday Morning
Before my friend D forwarded this You Tube link, she warned me to prepare myself because it’s a tearjerker. So I braced myself but got a hanky ready---and like an open faucet, waterworks start dripping as I watch Arnel Pineda tells his story and tries to stop himself from crying.
For every Filipino musician who dreams of making it internationally and living the rock n’ roll life, Pineda’s story is an inspiration. The first time I heard about Journey’s new guy, I just couldn’t believe it. A classic rock band “outsourcing” their lead vocals in the Philippines? Wow! When I saw Arnel Pineda perform with his American band mates on TV, it was a bit strange. But really, he sounded like Steve Perry when I close my eyes!
Old Journey hits like “Faithfully” and “Separate Ways” have been my favorite since they first came out---classics that are jeepney slow rock staples since the 80’s. “Open Arms” and “Foolish Heart” still enjoy regular airplay in local FM stations. In the late 80's, my friends and I watched Pineda with the Amo band at the old Greenbelt open parking lot on weekends, together with the Rage Band (remember Juan Miguel Salvador, and another great talent Jo Awayan?). Those were my days with Battle of the Bands and Oktoberfests.
In one of his interviews, Pineda told the PDInquirer columnist, “I’m more of an OFW than a rock star. I’m just like you guys---I’m working.” I'm glad that despite the raves, Pineda has remained humble.
Like most Filipinos, I am also rooting for Arnel Pineda’s success. My friend D has already booked us for Journey’s Manila concert in February 2009.