As their success grew, they were labeled as "Corporate Rock" in the media. Journey was anything but corporate style. They had integrity with their music which could not be duplicated by other bands in the studio or on stage. There was a kind of magic touch with songwriting between Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, and Neal Schon.
Fast forward to present time. Journey has sold themselves to be Corporate Rock with "prefessional" karoke singer Arnel Pineda to emulate STEVE PERRY.
I find no integrity in Journey finding another lead singer who tries to sound like STEVE PERRY (at times) in order to grab the hearts of us women FANS again so Journey can relive their fame again? I'm sorry but the authenticity and integrity of Journmey has changed by this approach.
Journey was about realness....but this is completely a kind of deception and I refuse to be an idiot fan and consumer. I remember back in the old Frontiers tour days in the 80's, Neal Schon stated in an interview that ne noticed these melodic ballads they were presenting on stage (referring to "faithfully" that he was initally opposed to) caused an increase of a female fanbase and said, "it's great on the eyes" while laughing.
So if you look at the big picture, this search for a lead singer wasn't about the AUTHENTIC sounds of Journey or the AUTHENTIC songwriting. It is moreso about capturing the fan base again.
They are certainly not living out a TRUE LEGACY by RE-RECORDING these AUTHENTIC Journey songs with this ridiculous karoke singer Arnel Pineda whose expertise is in trying hard to sound like famous singers. If you haven't nocited already, he completely burns out on stage because the whole time, he is trying to steer his voice in such a way to sound like Steve Perry. It's hard work when it's not natural. I find his gestures to be quite annoying and distractful. his presentation on stage is all about "trying to look like a rock star". It's all too much, too forced and again, not natural. Journey has certainly changed their direction. But why do people settle for this? Because they miss the old Journey sounds and want it again and are just settling for less.
Also, Pineda had responded an in interview about being with Journey. He stated that he would like to be with Journey for 3-4 more years if they like him. He went on to say that as long as Journey supported him (his life) , his family and their life in the philippines then he would be fine with those conditions. I could not believe what I read and he definitely is being indirect of what he means. Undoubtedly, he is talking about the financial state of himself and his family. This guy is very clever hidden underneath a softness. Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon are blind sighted to this because they are so immersed in this deceptive Journey "Legacy". They have once again shattered Journey.
why pay for a NON- AUTHENTIC Journey concerts or albums? It's like paying for lower value counterfeit jeans with a fake designer brand label made that reads "Rock and Republic". Who appreciats being cheated in life whether it's the small things to the big things. I certainly don't.
People, I would recommend you save your hard earned dollars to pay for your children's needs, maybe your house needs home improvement, help support mom or dad, make any neccessary bill payments, etc. instead of investing money into what is not real before your eyes. Hold onto your money until STEVE PERRY is back with JOURNEY so you can get a better value for your money. Don't get me wrong, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and Ross Valory are of course worth it but I am not paying to hear the voice of Arnel Pindea.