ARNEL PINEDA Says STEVE PERRY Is 'The Only True Voice Of JOURNEY'

ARNEL PINEDA Says STEVE PERRY Is 'The Only True Voice Of JOURNEY'

JOURNEY frontman Arnel Pineda has released a video message for the band’s former singer Steve Perry, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday on January 22.

“To the one-of-a-kind and only true voice of JOURNEY, happy, happy birthday!” Pineda said in an Instagram video that had the hashtag #HappyBirthdayStevePerry. “Thank you for your voice, Steve,” Pineda added.

This past fall, Pineda told the Arizona Republic that he was thrilled to meet Perry at the group’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 2017.

“Like I claim on my [Instagram] post, I waited 35 years for that,” Pineda said. “And, of course, it was one of the most momentous days of my life. It’s like meeting the pope, you know? He’s one of my heroes when it comes to music — one of the few singers that I have adored all these years, along with Robert Plant and Ann Wilson.”

Asked what he and Perry talked about that day, Pineda laughed and said: “Oh, just some random things, you know. We were just talking about the gig — How is it? How do I feel? And he joked to me, saying, ‘Are the boys treating you nice? If not, I’m gonna call them and straighten them out,’ you know?”

Although Pineda did not get inducted with his bandmates, he did get up and join them at the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Lights”. He was talked into appearing by JOURNEY‘s manager John Baruck.

“For the record, I never really wanted to be there because I respect Mr. Steve Perry so much and I think that Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, that’s for them, you know?” Arnel said. “It’s for the band and not for me. I was really adamant about not being there.

“And then it was so gracious for Steve Perry that he doesn’t want to sing and said that it should be me that should be singing with the band,” Pineda continued. “I said, ‘It’s not right. It should be them playing together and singing together. I was kind of shaky. I mean, how would you feel when your hero is watching you singing his legacy?”

Last year, Perry told SiriusXM that he didn’t perform with JOURNEY at the Rock Hall ceremony because he is “not in the band. I haven’t been in the band for quite some time,” he explained. “Arnel‘s been in the band for almost 10 years, I think. He’s a sweet kid — he’s a wonderful kid. He sings his heart out every night. It’s his gig.”

As for meeting Pineda before the induction, Perry said: “There was something endearing about the way he looked at me. He was meeting, like, a grandfather. [Laughs] He’s got the gig. It’s his gig. He’s doing great.”

According to Deadline, Arnel‘s life story will be the subject of a new movie, to be helmed by “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu.

Born in the Philippines, Pineda has been fronting the legendary rockers since 2007 when JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon discovered him leading a Manila cover band on YouTube.

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BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI To Help Judge This Year's 'Pride Of Birmingham'

BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI To Help Judge This Year's 'Pride Of Birmingham'

According to Birmingham Live, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi will once again help judge this year’s Pride Of Birmingham.

The annual awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate courage, caring, compassion and community, recognizing unsung heroes who make a difference.

Iommi will be joined on the judging panel by, among others, “Saturday Kitchen” host Glynn Purnell, “Line Of Duty” star Claudia Jessie, last year’s “Special Recognition” award winner Linda Sandhar-Haynes, and Central ITV host Sameena Ali-Khan.

This marks the second year in the judging hot seat for Tony, who said: “I’d been to Pride Of Birmingham before. But until last year as a presenter, not as a judge.

“It was humbling to read of the amazing achievements and extraordinary efforts of the shortlisted nominees. Helping pick the winners was one of the toughest things I’ve done.

“I’m looking forward to looking through this year’s nominations. There are some fantastic people doing fantastic things in and around Birmingham.”

The Birmingham Mail‘s Pride Of Birmingham Awards, with partners TSB, will be hosted by “Coronation Street” star Kym Marsh at the University of Birmingham in March.

Winners go forward to the shortlist for The Mirror Pride Of Britain Awards, with partners TSB.
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Former BUTCHER BABIES Drummer CHRIS WARNER Joins Forces With VALOR & VENGEANCE Members In ALPHAMEGA

Former BUTCHER BABIES Drummer CHRIS WARNER Joins Forces With VALOR & VENGEANCE Members In ALPHAMEGA

Former BUTCHER BABIES drummer Chris Warner has joined forces with VALOR & VENGEANCE members Adam Ryan (vocals) and Mike Muenzer (guitar) in a new band called ALPHAMEGA.

ALPHAMEGA is putting the finishing touches on its first recordings, to be released later in the year.

The announcement of ALPHAMEGA‘s launch comes nearly three years after Warner exited BUTCHER BABIES. Singer Carla Harvey later told Metal Heads Forever that Chris “got engaged and he couldn’t spend much time with the band, and we thought it’s best for him to leave the band as family and commitments comes first and we didn’t stop him from what he wanted.”

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