I don’t really read Rolling Stone anymore. I find it is full of mostly outdated information and too much politics, but today on the front page of Rollingstone.com there is an interview with Arnel Pineda, the new lead singer for Journey. It’s titled, “Sad ‘Journey’ for New Singer”. It talks about how Arnel isn’t really finding life on tour very glamorous and he misses his family (who could blame him). Could another reason why he’s not as happy as he thought he’d be while touring with Journey be because he if trying to fill some big shoes? From the interview it appears that he was hesitant to take the roll as the new lead singer in the first place. Maybe he knew his new roll in the band would be criticized.
Replacing a lead singer that made a band is one hell of a task that not many have been successful at doing. The band that was most successful doing so, in my opinion, is Van Halen with Sammy Hagar. To this day the fans are still split between the David Lee Roth Era and the Sammy Era. It’s expected. Back to Journey, we didn’t give Journey a glowing review, but it wasn’t anything personal with Arnel. I am sure he expected the backlash when he took the job.
Fans are commenting and criticizing the author of the Rolling Stone interview, Andy Greene, for editing the interview and making Arnel sound unhappy. I wonder if Andy Greene realized what he was getting into when he interviewed Arnel. His fans are insanely loyal and any criticism whether it be constructive or not is not acceptable. I am surprised they haven’t started calling him a racist. If you think I am joking and exaggerating check out the comments from our San Diego review of Journey this past summer.
On that note, if I were Arnel I would be very comforted by the fact his fans are “hard-core” and loyal. He has his own personal army in waiting. They also are creating press for Journey too. I wouldn’t be writing this if it weren’t for Arnel’s fans slandering me via emails, message boards, and comments in the San Diego Review.