Thursday, September 23, 2010

Joy in the Journey

Nope, I'm not blogging about Chicago yet, but soon. I just wanted to share the evidence of my brush with fame in the Philippines. Ryan and I ate dinner at the table next to Arnel Pineda, the new lead singer for Journey. He's a Filipino guy who was singing in a band in Hong Kong and a couple of YouTube videos of some Journey covers helped to catapult him into Steve Perry's old spot. You can read his story here if you're interested.

Ryan and I had both left our cameras back at the hotel, so Ryan hurried and bought a disposable. By the time Ryan came back Arnel had already left, but we chased him down after dinner and snagged a picture with him right before he turned the corner. He's a nice guy. He even offered to give us tickets to his upcoming concert in Manila, but the concert was happening a couple days after we were scheduled to come home.

If you're interested in hearing what he sounds like compared to Steve Perry, Journey's original lead singer, you can watch the videos below. The last video is the original music video for Separate Ways, which is awesome for so many reasons. If you only have time to watch one, watch that one, at least until you witness the air keyboard. And if you liked that music video, then you'll love "Hooked on a Feeling" by David Hasslehoff.


Mariposa said...

the disturbing thing to me is that you BOTH recognized this random man. why on earth do you know who he is??

Bobby said...

See, that's the thing, we didn't recognize him. He was sitting RIGHT next to us and everyone else in the restaurant kept getting their picture taken with him so we asked our waiter who he is. We wouldn't have recognized him on our own, although, admittedly, I DID know exactly who he was as soon as I heard his name.

Being roommates with Joe Boyer for two years comes in handy when it comes to knowing random tidbits about 80s rock.

Lizzie Jones said...