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One of the most prominent Filipino musicians to have ever graced the rock industry, Arnel Pineda is the frontman of the legendary band Journey. Prior to joining the famed American group, he was part of Filipino bands Ammo and Zoo. He was also a cover musician, having played in various bars across Manila, Hongkong and Singapore.
Through YouTube, he was discovered by Journey’s lead guitarist and founding member Neal Schon. Pineda officially joined the band on December 5, 2007 and formally performed his first show during Journey’s stop in Chile for their 2008 tour.
As one of the faces of Journey, he has appeared in various TV programs and graced the covers of several publications from around the world. Among his television appearances are the Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the NBC Today Show. He has also contributed articles for international magazines such as Rolling Stone.
Pineda is a well-travelled musician, having played with Journey in almost every famed arena, including the Hollywood Bowl, Tokyo Budokan and the Wembley Arena. He has also been in the spotlight at several music festivals like the Download Festival and Graspop Metal Meeting. Each time he performs, an average crowd of 10,000 converge, proof of recognition of his vocal prowess.
Pineda has stood onstage as Journey’s vocalist in several hundred shows globally. The majority of his shows have been held in the US and Canada, followed in number by Europe, Asia and Australia.