Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Journey with new lead singer Arnel Pineda rocks Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

The Journey concert with new lead singer Arnel Pineda at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas last March 8, 2008 was packed and all the reviews speak of all attendees having a wonderful evening. Arnel was on fire and his stage presence was described as magnificent.

The band debuted three new songs from their upcoming new album which will be titled "Revelations", which they announced will come out in June exclusively through Wal*Mart. It will consist of a disc of new songs, a disc of the greatest hits, and a DVD of the Las Vegas concert. "Wildest Dreams" is a rocker, "Through All These Years" is the ballad penned by the incredible Jonathan Cain, "Never Walk Away" is an uptempo song vaguely reminiscent of "Be Good To Yourself". The latter was penned by Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Jeremey Hunsicker during Jeremey's audition for the lead singer slot last June. Jeremey is the lead singer of Journey tribute band, Frontiers, and was considered a favourite for the lead singer position at one point last year.

The concert's repertoire was as follows:

Any Way You Want It
Only The Young
Stone In Love
Ask The Lonely
Wheel In The Sky
Who's Crying Now
Faith In The Heartland
After All These Years
After The Fall
Never Walk Away
Jonathan Cain Solo
Open Arms
Mother Father
Wildest Dreams
Separate Ways
Don't Stop Believin'
Be Good To Yoursef (encore)

Deen Castronovo sang lead on "After The Fall" and "Mother, Father".
After the show, the band asked the audience if they could reshoot "Wildest Dreams" for the DVD and the audience was only too thrilled to hear another song. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan Cain asked if they could also redo "Faithfully". After that performance, Arnel asked if the crowd would like to hear one more and said "Let's get sexy now". He then broke into an exceptional version of "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezing" which started off with Jonathan Cain on the harmonica and Arnel asking the crowd to sing along with him ad libbing, all the way. Needles to say, the crowd were wild with excitement!

Journey will embark on a 2008 world tour:

June 08 TBA Sweden Rock Festival Norjebokevägen
TBA: Either 6/4, 6/5, 6/6 or 6/7 Sölvesborg Sweden

Wed 8:00P Schwarzwaldhalle
Festplatz 3 + 9 Karlsruhe Germany

Sat 8:00P Jako-Arena / Halbe Halle Nordtribühne Bamberg Germany bvd - Kartenservice

Sun 10:00A Arrow Rock Festival
With Def Leppard, Kiss, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Kansas, REO Speedwagon

(compiled by Jay Fermin ppp-usa)