The video below is not new, it just is new to me as once again I went down the rabbit hole on ‘the tubes” and when I saw how good this is, I just had to post. I’ve seen Journey several times in my life and once I was part of a radio/artists contingent that met President Clinton in 1993 at the White House. Part of that group was Steve Perry and The President was as excited about meeting Steve as the rest of us were.
By then Steve had been gone from Journey since 1987 but he was gracious and kind and was at that time pursuing his own solo career. What a voice!
Flash forward to 2020, new frontman Arnel Pineda headed home to his native Manila after playing a gig in Texas with the band. He was anticipating a big year in which Journey would record their first new record since 2011’s Eclipse and play shows all over North America with the Pretenders.
The pandemic of course, changed all that and he’s been home in Manila ever since, but Journey still found a way to work remotely on the record. It’s their first full-length since parting ways with drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory. They were replaced by bassist Randy Jackson (yes, that one from American Idol, who briefly toured and recorded with Journey in 1986–87) and drummer Narada Michael Walden, who’s doubling as the album’s producer.
There is much good news for fans… the new Journey record, the upcoming biopic about Arnel’s life, and why he still dreams about a Journey reunion with Steve Perry. “Don’t Stop Believing” was done as a benefit for UNICEF during the pandemic. Enjoy! and about that Journey reunion with Steve Perry singing alongside Arnel Pineda…Don’t Stop Believing!
There’s a great article in Rolling Stone that digs deeper into Arnel’s passion and worship of Steve Perry. Read it here