Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pinoy Rocker: Arnel Pineda

Here's one for the books. Popular American rock band Journey, who popularized the radio hits "Open Arms" and "Faithfully", has a new lead singer and he's proudly Filipino.

Arnel Pineda, lead singer of local band The Zoo, was chosen by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Deen Castronovo to replace Journey vocalist Jeff Scott Soto who left the band last June.

Pineda said joining the legendary rock band after years of covering their radio hits is a dream come true. He also said he is not out to emulate Journey's most famous lead singer Steve Perry.

Pineda's success is no accident. He joined his first band at age 15 and has been singing professionally for the past 25 years. His phenomenal voice also won him the Best Vocalist award at the World Band Explosion in 1987 -- a feat that he repeated the following year. Pineda has been a veteran of several bands and is a regular in clubs in Makati, Olongapo and Quezon City. His latest band, The Zoo, released its first album "Zoology" under MCA Universal Records last September. It is Pineda's stint in The Zoo that got him noticed by Journey axeman Schon.

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