Blabbermouth.net reported in March of this year about the happenings of a few members of Journey, the rock band, fronted by lead singer Steve Perry originally. Long time drummer (for touring and for five LPs) Deen Castronovo, appeared to be moving on, taking the front man role in his other band. (He was removed from Journey’s roster after in a rest relating to domestic violence just earlier this week,)
Deen is a legend in rock, and he is among the best drummers around. He’s been with Bad English, Ross Valory, Ted Nugent, and Ozzy Osborne, to list a few. So it was a high compliment to Arnel Pineda that Deen named him as the best front man in rock n roll, that he has ever worked with.
Deen also talked about how Arnel stepped in and became the lead singer of JOURNEY in late 2007 after JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon stumbled upon a clip featuring then-unknown Pineda performing with his cover band at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Philippines.
…he’s just an amazing vocalist, and, honestly, an amazing frontman.”
He continued: “When he was running around in that [first] show [Editor’s note: Pineda made his debut as the band’s new singer in front of 20,000 fans at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile], dude, it was, like amazing. ‘Cause I was a little concerned. I knew he had the voice, but [I was thinking], ‘Is he gonna be able to work a crowd? I mean, he’s been working clubs.’ But, dude, he just came out and he wailed. It was no holds barred. He just went out and nailed it, and commanded the audience. And we knew then. It was, like… Even though the [rest of the] band was going, ‘Wow, man you need to slow down. You just need to sing the parts.’ They didn’t realize that he was singing all the parts and still running around. He’s amazing.”
Read more at the Blabbermouth post (open in new window/tab)
And in other Journey News…
Arnel Pineda Says Steve Perry Can Have His Journey Job Back (By Dave Lifton May 29, 2014)…
“He should come back. His voice us still there..missed that voice.” He later added, “He can take over too. It’s his righteous place anyway..wanna see them happy together….
This echoes words Pineda made back in April when he announced that he was recording a solo album….
“I’d be more than happy to give way,” he said, adding, “As long as they need me, I will be there. I’m never gonna quit on them.”…
“I am as happy to be in Journey today as I was when I first joined the group. Next to my family in Manila, Journey is my family. When I’m not working, I spend time at home with my wife and kids, and my Foundation. Now, I am busy preparing for our tour with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power. I wish whoever is making up these lies would put their time to good use and stop spreading these false stories.” – Arnel Pineda