By: Gary Graff
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," the new documentary about current Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, is released on DVD and Blu-ray today (August 20) after theatrical showings earlier this year and a continuing run on various TV On Demand services.
The film follows the, er, journey of the Filipino-born Pineda, who joined the band in 2007 after Journey guitarist Neal Schon discovered him singing Journey covers on YouTube.
Pineda tells us he's still overwhelmed by the turn of events his life took six years ago:
"It's still like half dream and half reality for me because, y'know, with all these great bands that I get to meet along with one of the greatest bands I'm with...it feels like, still, unbelievable. It still feels so surreal...I wouldn't think that, like, for a moment Mr. Neal Schon would waste a couple minutes dialing my number, talking to me and invite me over for an audition to be the next singer for Journey. I think for me, I'm just an unknown singer and a cover singer in Phillipines, I wouldn't think it's serious. I take it as a joke."
It's been anything but that as Pineda has toured the world with Journey several times and also recorded two albums with the band, "Revelation" in 2008 and 2011's "Eclipse."
Journey has nine more dates left on its current U.S. tour, which wraps up September 14 in Lake Tahoe, and also plays November 11 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The group talked about a special 40th anniversary concert in the San Francisco Bay Area this year, but that has not yet transpired. Pineda says the group has been working on new material, though no album is currently scheduled.
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