Na-feature ang Filipino singer at Journey frontman na si Arnel Pineda sa isang artikulo sa ew.com, ang online version ng Entertainment Weekly—ang itinuturing na “bible of the entertainment industry” sa Hollywood.
Ang news feature ay isinulat ni Keith Staskiewicz.
Ang nilalaman ng artikulo ay ang pagiging subject ni Arnel sa documentary film na Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, na nag-premiere sa Tribeca Film Festival sa New York noong April 19.
Tinatalakay ng pelikula ang “unlikely story” ni Arnel na mula sa pagiging lead singer ng isang Journey cover band ay naging kapalit ng dating Journey frontman na si Steve Perry—na binansagang “The Voice.”
Matatandaang nadiskubre si Arnel ng Journey guitarist na si Neal Schon nang mapanood niya ang video clip ng pagkanta ng Pinoy singer sa YouTube.
Mula noon ay nakapag-release na ng dalawang albums si Arnel at ang Journey, nag-perform na sa di mabilang na sold-out concerts, at sa kasalukuyan ay naghahanda para sa isang national tour ngayong summer.
“I think you can see in the movie that I was nervous all the time,” sabi ni Arnel sa panayam sa kanya ng ew.com.
“Filling the shoes of Steve Perry—that’s pretty much impossible. He’s still ‘The Voice.’ I am just this guy the other boys chose to continue the legacy.”
Binanggit din sa artikulo ang paglaki ni Arnel sa orphanage.
Dagdag pa ni Staskiewicz sa kanyang artikulo: “…the story of how he [Arnel] went from performing in front of a handful of bar patrons in Manila to tens of thousands of classic rock fans is still pretty impressive.”
Obserbasyon pa ng writer tungol kay Arnel: “Pineda speaks with an accent—but once he starts singing, his voice transforms into an uncanny replica of Perry’s distinctive tones.
“But this doesn’t come easily. In fact, Pineda has been performing a number of local gigs in the Philippines, stretching his vocal cords in preparation for the upcoming tour.”
Sabi naman ni Arnel tungkol dito, “You have to!
“I can’t get complacent about it. Every time we’re up there, people expect to hear the same sound they heard when they first fell in love with the band all those years ago.”
Ang Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey ay idinirek ng Filipino filmmaker na si Ramona Diaz.
Narito ang synopsis ng Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey na nakalagay sa official website ng Tribeca Film Festival (http://www.tribecafilm.com):
"For Arnel Pineda, the past five years have been the stuff that dreams are made of. In 2007, Arnel’s friend began uploading videos of the aspiring Filipino singer covering classic rock songs onto YouTube. One of them was seen by Neal Schon, guitarist for the iconic rock band Journey. Blown away by Pineda’s talent and uncanny vocal similarity to former Journey front man Steve Perry, Neal flew Arnel from Manila to San Francisco to audition for the band, and the rest is history. But Arnel’s personal journey had just begun. Having lived life on the street since age 13 with no classical music training, he was anything but prepared for the grueling physical and emotional strains that come from fronting a rock band on a whirlwind world tour. Can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame?
"A rare behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most beloved rock groups, Don’t Stop Believin’ takes a trip around the world with band members and fans alike, watching as the newest Journeyman converts skeptics and haters into adoring fans—and breathes new life into Journey for the next generation of international listeners."