JOURNEY members Neal Schon (guitar) and Arnel Pineda (vocals) performed the song "Stay Awhile" following a panel discussion on the Independent Lens documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, August 6 in Beverly Hills, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" chronicles the rags-to-riches story JOURNEY's current Steve Perry-sound-alike lead singer, Arnel Pineda, from his poverty stricken days in the Philippines to fronting the band today.
"We still have fans of our music showing up in the last year that don't know Steve Perry isn't in the band," JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain told the Television Critics Association.
Schon last year said that the only way to see Steve Perry back on stage with JOURNEY would be alongside Arnel Pineda. Schon talked candidly about what it would take to have Steve Perry ever rejoin JOURNEY, saying, "I don't think there's any way not to have Arnel at this point. Who can say never? You can never say it's never going to happen. Maybe ten years from now? Six years? Who knows? But if that situation ever came up, I think it would be the both of them. And I think it would be at the point where it's a farewell tour. . . and we're done. That's the only appropriate way to go about it."
He recalled the search to find Pineda after going through two frontmen following Perry's departure. Schon explained, "We needed someone to really nail our catalog. I looked for a couple of days, non-stop on YouTube. It was a different way to go about it, instead of flying people in from all over the world. I looked and looked for like two days, and Arnel popped up at the last minute in a link. I heard the voice and went, 'He's got the high tenor voice.' I realized he was very, very strong and covered a lot of area."
Jonathan Cain added that there's a difference between being a straight mimic and doing what Pineda does. "He's not a tribute band singer," Cain said. "The tribute band singers are scary because they are kind of clones, you know? We did have a guy that we looked at, but he was so much like Steve Perry, it was crazy. It was too creepy. But, it was kind of neat to get next to that and see it for a second. A lot of these tribute guys, they can sing the old stuff, but, you try to put a new song in their mouth and they can't do it."
Pineda was asked if he's ever met Steve Perry. "No, but I've been wanting to," he said. "I hope I can sing with him, you know, side by side. If he would welcome that. That would be awesome. I think, especially the hardcore fans, they would love it."
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will receive its TV premiere on September 30.