Monday, June 02, 2008

Who's Crying Now?


I confess -- I've always had a place in my heart for Journey.

They really have recorded some of the best anthems of my generation, as cheesy as the songs may seem by today's standards. I'm sure you've noticed by now that the band has been back in the news lately thanks to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda. He's a dead-ringer for both Steve Perry's voice and hair, and was discovered by Journey guitarist (and the dumbest man in rock n' roll) Neal Schon via YouTube. Schon searched the site and spotted a video of Pineda playing in a cover band in the Philippines, was blown away by his vocal range, and paid for Pineda to fly to the states to audition.

It's admittedly an incredible story, made amusingly moreso by the fact that Journey concerts now include a slightly surreal influx of proud Filipinos.

One person not happy about all of this is Lou Dobbs.

In a statement, Dobbs is already decrying what he calls "the outsourcing of American pop music to the Third World," and claims that Pineda "puts a strain on our country's national resources by forcing concession stands at concert venues to make sure they have enough dog on the menu to satisfy his fans."

No comment yet from Journey.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is Spinal Tap really did cover all the bases, didn't they?


And the JackAss Award of the Week goes to Lou Dobbs! Way to go, you racist, over-elevated, driveling piece of washed up conservative button pusher. I think this one will finally get you that Pulitzer.

Chez said...

Just making sure you know I'm kidding, right? (Although it does sound like something he'd say.)

dick_gozinia said...

Chez....the exact same thing happened to the band Boston. They found some guy singing karaoke in North Carolina and now he's their singer on tour. Both cool stories.

trish said...

I got it, because... you know... Philippinos eat dogs.

Nathan said...

Take heart. I saw on the news last night that Boston has replaced its lead singer with a manager from Home Depot. Getting that gig is kind of a dubious achievement, though.

Nathan said...

Damn, dick beat me to it.

Anonymous said...

Call me a purist, but Steve Perry is irreplaceable.

Nate said...

Chez, the sad thing is, I couldn't tell if the Lou Dobbs bit (at least the first part of it) was a joke or not. When outlandish joke becomes believable soundbite, it's time to forcibly remove the man from the public stage.

Anonymous said...

dammit.

it's either too much coffee or not enough on a monday morning, eh?

ha. i live to laugh at myself.

but yes, it does sound like something he'd say. i wouldn't put it past him in the slightest.

em said...

I'm a Journey purist too, but as someone who is part Filipino, I will take what I can get in terms of "semi-famous Asians who aren't doctors or nurses". Also, Filipinos have to make up for Rob Schneider somehow, and if that has to be done with a Steve Perry sound-alike, then I'm more than dow with that.

Riles said...

I don't know the story...why is Neal Schon the dumbest guy in rock?

Stephen said...

I saw this story on CBS yesterday morning...wow does he sound the same. Let's see him bust out "Oh Sherri" though. C'mon tough guy...I dare you.

All the old bands do this...Foreigner has like 2 original members in the current lineup, Chicago's been touring with a Peter Cetera sound-alike for years. Welcome to the county fair/indian casino circuit boys.

Chez said...

Schon's got maybe a junior high education. He dropped out of school at 15 to join Santana.

Joshua said...

Maybe you know some Schon stories to back up the stupidity claim, but aren't you using "dumb" and "uneducated" ("under-educated"?) interchangeably? I know some pretty smart people who never graduated high school, and some real idiots with Ivy League degrees.

Chez said...

Oh dear Christ -- read the tagline under the masthead at the top of the page already.

Anonymous said...

Pineda's amazing! Where does that lung power come from? I keep thinking he's lipsyncing, but that wouldn't have taken it this far.

Anonymous said...

OMG OMG OMG! I love Journey.

Reminds me of eight grade dances and making out behind the bleachers with girls with feather hair cuts and lots of sweat, sticky lip gloss; girls with brightly colored plastic Goody combs in the backpockets of their skin-tight Jordache jeans, watching thier butts wiggle up and down the halls of Chatterton Middle School.

Ah, the go ol' early 80s.

Anonymous said...

I have an issue with your 'fessing up to liking Journey. When they first came out a girlfriend of a friend played "Wheel in the Sky" about thirty times in a row. I attempted to stop the madness, but they all turned on me. Also adding to my never stopped hearing pain back then, Boston's - "Feels Like the First Time" and Kansas' - "Dust in The Wind".

The horror.

Mika aka Xeyli said...

That statement hurts me... and we always poke fun at our Filipino friend... but that's because she is our friend and we poke fun at each other and all our ethnic backgrounds.

Ally said...

Oh, holy, Jesus.

Will you marry me junkdrawer67? Pleeeeez?

Rickious said...

Hey Chez,

We're proud of Arnel Pineda and all Filipino entertainers around the world. Philippines represent!

Chez said...

Filipino entertainers, you mean there's more than just Pineda?

I kid, I kid.

By the way, my new slogan:

Deus Ex Malcontent: Huge in the Philippines

MarkDM said...

This post reminds me of a sad truth: A lot of the bands I would have crawled over broken glass* to see in high school - Styx, Kansas, Journey - now are about 40% original and can be found playing at state fairs across this great country of ours.

Journey without Greg Rolie or Steve Perry? A Robbie Steinhardt-free Kansas? Styx with no Dennis DeYoung or James Young? Gawd, what's the point?

But, y'know, good for Pineda.

* Luckily, I didn't have to - I could just buy a ticket. But you get the idea.

Harris said...

So, on the day a musical giant in Bo Diddley dies, you write about . . . Journey. You admit to enjoying . . . Journey.

Generally, I come to this site and I think, "Chez, is an alright cat. Next time I go to NYC, I'm gonna buy him a drink and we can talk about who needs a cactus enema."

Then you talk about music. And I think, "Chez might be the whitest man this side of Pat Boone." Why, Chez? Why?

em said...

Seriously, I think the most popular "Filipino" entertainer right now is Michael Buble. I swear on my LIFE, my cousin's naming her first born after him.

Average Jane said...

Journey has a weird habit of hiring Steve Perry doppelgangers - people who don't just sound like him but look like him, too.

TomR said...

I had to check comments because I too wasn't quite sure if it was really Lou or Chez's poke at Lou (and I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it if I hadn't caught Lou's sputtering beatdown on the Media Matters guy last week). I was rewarded with a new term for my lexicon: "cactus enema."
God, I love de bloggers!

Anonymous said...

Dobbs made-up comment may have some truth to it, as this flash video proves that Journey and America are NUMBER 1:

http://www.moistworks.com/images/dontstopbelievin.swf

RockyMountainOyster said...

What????
I thought the most popular Filipino entertainer is Lou Dobbs? Heh, heh.

Besides, I don't see the big deal about Asians eating dog meat. Scandinavians eat rotten fish; the French eat snails; Coloradans eat goat/sheep balls; Ecuadorans eat guinea pigs; Spaniards eat cockscombs; the English eat kidneys (that's where piss is made, folks); in some parts of China they eat cat meat for heaven's sake! -- well, you get the drift.

Anyway... Lou Dobbs for president!!!