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.