Journey has a new lead singer thanks to YouTube


In the eternal quest to find a lead singer that sounds like Steve Perry, Neal Schon found a band called “The Zoo” from the Philippines on YouTube.  They play lots of 80’s songs including Journey covers and the lead singer, Arnel Pineda, is a vocal dead ringer for Steve Perry.  If you close your eyes and listen to this guy sing, it’s hard to tell the difference between him and Steve Perry. 


On December 5th, Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), and Deen Castronovo (drums) made it official on their Journey website that Arnel Pineda is their new lead singer.  Apparently, when Neal Schon tried to contact Arnel via a message on YouTube, he thought it must be a hoax, but now the rest is history.


Check out this YouTube of Arnel Pineda and “The Zoo” playing “Don’t Stop Believing.”





I can hardly wait to see them on tour next year.


– Rob


Comments (5)

  1. Russ says:

    This guy is awesome!!!!!!!! What a voice….

  2. HanginLoose says:

    If you think that’s good check out this Bryan Adams cover. This guys somethin else. Unfreakincanny. Nuff said.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1NoFk5sVVE&feature=related

  3. i know this guy he is amazing 25yrs ago he is a vocalist of a band yjos .

  4. altheausa says:

    I did’nt know there is a band journey? Never heard of steve perry either. Where the hell i have been? [ was born early 90’s] Until i accidentally surfed this guy in yt. WOW! I was blown away! ASIAN? 5’2 tall? with that voice.? What a gift!!!!He can sing anybody’s song, you name it.