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9.25.2008

rolling stone interviews journey's arnel pineda

Rolling Stone has a story on everybody's favorite Filipino rock 'n' roll cinderella story, Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from obscurity last year via YouTube to become the lead singer of Journey. His story is downright legendary.

Here's the shortened, more downbeat version of the article that ran in the print version of Issue 1061. It definitely dwells quite a bit on the negative side of touring with Journey. It makes it sounds like Arnel actually hates it: Sad 'Journey' for New Singer.

I'm told that Arnel and Journey actually aren't very happy with the way this story came off, and did a TV interview in response: Journey Singer: Magazine Quotes Out Of Context.

Here's the longer, more in-depth interview with Arnel from Rolling Stone's website: Q&A: Journey's Arnel Pineda. Without a doubt, whatever the case, for a 41-year-old guy who used to be crankin' it out with a cover band in the Philippines, this is the gig of a lifetime.