Journey still believes in it as the band make their RodeoHouston debut

Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of Journey.

Photo: Brian Ach, Contributor/Getty Images for Journey

Rock bands come and go. But Journey is forever.

This will be Journey’s first rodeo show. But it’s almost as if they’ve been there before. The seminal singing act is tailor-made for stadiums. Just imagine 70,000 people shouting “Open Arms”, “Faithfully” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the top of their voices.

In fact, this number will be higher. Journey was one of the top-selling shows when rodeo tickets went on sale in January.

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Arnel Pineda became the band’s lead singer in 2007 and has recorded two albums with Journey. There will never be another Steve Perry, but Pineda does a solid job of staying true to the songs’ original sound.

The journey continued through AC radio for years. But the resurgence of “Don’t Stop Believin'” elevated the band to iconic status. It was used in the series finale “The Sopranos” and re-recorded for “Glee”. It was included in the 80s musical “Rock of Ages” and is a staple at karaoke nights. Freestyle singer George Lamond made it a heart-pounding club song in 2008.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” has sold over 7 million downloads and is now the best-selling digital song of the 20th century. Not Michael. Not Bruce. Not Whitney. But the rock band that still holds us to that feeling.


Execution:March 10

Past performance:Any

Hometown:San Francisco, California.

Did you know?:Lead singer Arnel Pineda was once homeless and lived on the streets in the Philippines, collecting glass bottles, newspapers and scrap metal and reselling them to recyclers.

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  • Joey Guerra

    Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. It also covers various aspects of pop culture. He’s reviewed hundreds of gigs and interviewed hundreds of celebrities, from Justin Bieber to Dolly Parton to Beyonce. He appeared as a regular correspondent on Fox26 and served as head judge and director of the Pride Superstar singing competition for a decade. He has been named Journalist of the Year multiple times by OutSmart Magazine and the FACE Awards. It also covers various aspects of pop culture, including the local drag scene and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.

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