Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Understanding The Long Journey

Ok, I want you to imagine you have this amazing band that has sold millions of albums but are having lead singer problems. We won't go into all of them but the guy that brought the glory has moved on, the guy that replaced him has vocal issues (not good for a vocalist) and the guy that you had fill in for him doesn't seem to work in your vision of the group's return to prominence. Well you do a vanity search or two on YouTube.

That's pretty much where guitarist Neal Schon was when he stumbled upon this video of a band called The Zoo from the Phillipines.

So, instead of becoming the next group to be featured on Mark Burnett's Rock Star, Journey have their new singer, Arnel Pineda. The album came out yesterday and is getting rave reviews (some less so for the second disc of re-recordings of the band's hits.) A 3-disc set is exlusively available at Wal-Mart (for less than $15 from what I have heard) which includes a live DVD. You can go to their Web site and hear samples from the album as well. Not sold on it yet? Check out this video of the new Journey line-up playing a concert earlier this year in Chile.


LoraLoo said...

Holy cow this guy can sing. I have to admit I've been on the fence because I love Journey... and I didn't like their first replacement all that much. Steve Perry has that distinctive voice that you just can't copy, not as much as say Stevie Nicks, but you know what I mean.

Seeing as you posted a video of him singing my absolute favorite Journey song, I'm sold, cause it was amazing.

Fred said...

Impressive. I haven't really been following this saga, but if I close my eyes, I can't tell the difference all that much.

I love this song, too.

Lucy Stern said...

Wow, that guy can sing!!! I listened all the way through, so I guess I'll have a to take a trip to Wal-Mart and buy the set....

Thanks Martin, I really enjoyed that. PS: I love that song too.

David Amulet said...

I am hesitant to give this a chance because I don't like the way they treated Jeff Scott Soto, who I heard on his first show with the band a couple of years back.

I know, I need to move on.