PBS Doc Looks at Journey’s Lead Singer Search

by | August 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM | TCA 2013, TV News

Journey band members lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, left, and guitarist Neal Schon perform on stage during the "Don't Stop Believin": Everyman's Journey" panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


By BETH HARRIS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The resurgence of Journey through the band’s discovery of a new lead singer via the Internet gets a close-up look on a new PBS documentary.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” airs on Sept. 30 as part of the network’s Independent Lens series.

It’s the story of how Journey guitarist Neal Schon found a replacement for front man Steve Perry by searching YouTube videos, and the band’s eventual integration of Arnel Pineda into its lineup.

It wasn’t easy.

Some longtime Journey fans were reluctant to accept the presence of Pineda, a 45-year-old Filipino singer, into an American band that had been dominated by Perry’s presence and soaring vocals.

Pineda joined Journey in December 2007. Schon says Pineda reinvigorated the group famous for such hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” ”Faithfully” and “Open Arms.”

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