Via LL, from the blog redundantly titled "angry asian man", comes this news:
JOURNEY WELCOMES ARNEL PINEDA WITH "OPEN ARMS" TO THEIR FAMILY AS THE BAND’S NEW LEAD SINGER.
The Pure Product of America: Arnel? Arnel? Oh no.
Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs--in addition to original material--with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland... When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing "Faithfully," he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
The Pure Product of America: This has to be a joke, right? Like when you sent out all those fake Urkel suicide news reports.
No joke. Don't you remember Ripper Owens?
Arnel Pineda picks up the story: "My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, 'what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?' So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history."
You really have to see a clip.