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.