Battle of the Journey Vocalists – Steve Perry Vs. Arnel Pineda
Perry Vs. Pineda
In 1998, Steve Perry was dropped as the front man of the highly popular classic rock group Journey. Although it was with Perry that the band had its greatest hits in the mid-late 80’s, his replacements didn’t do so bad in the charts and on tour either. In 2007, after the band dropped Perry’s immediate replacement Steve Augeri due to a chronic throat infection, they found Filipino singer Arnel Pineda from YouTube. Journey original veterans, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain flew Pineda all the way from Manila to the states to audition for the new position of the band’s lead singer, and eventually winning the part. Pineda was introduced and was received with mixed criticisms, with loyal fans saying he can never sound like Steve Perry, while others saying he’s holding out well on his own. Others are even saying that if they close their eyes, they can actually hear a Steve Perry of the 80’s glory.
Watch the comparison of their vocal stylings side-by-side in the video below: