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Journey, which had been without a lead singer for awhile until, like, right now, went on YouTube and tapped a young man known as "the

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Journey Hires "Filipino Steve Perry" As Lead Singer

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Journey, which had been without a lead singer for awhile until, like, right now, went on YouTube and tapped a young man known as "the Filipino Steve Perry" for the gig (vacated by Steve Augeri). That's right, Arnel Pineda (pictured above, center), formerly of a cover band called The Zoo, now gets his chance to play the Mark Wahlberg character in Rock Star. Pineda's rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'" is actually pretty, uh, believable. We're not sure if the same can be said for how Pineda's dream came to pass, but we're willing to suspend our disbelief -- just like Pineda did, evidently.

"I was frustrated about not having a singer," explains guitarist Neal Schon, "so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, 'he can't be that good.' But he is that good, he's the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn't sound synthetic and he's not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter."

Arnel Pineda picks up the story: "My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, 'what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?' So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history."

 
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