Dont Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
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Dont Stop Believin : Everymans Journey follows the real life rock n roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetimes worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
Audience Award Winner --Palm Springs International Film Festival
2012 Official Selection --Tribeca Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival; Silverdocs; Palm Springs International Film Festival
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I rented this on iTunes a few days ago while on a business trip in Taiwan and I have to say that while no one (other than my parents) has made me proud to be Filipino, this documentary simply warmed me to be a little bit more open-minded. Having been a Journey fan since the 70's, I was saddened by the departure of Steve Perry and cringed at the notion of Steve Augeri. I refused to listen to anything done by Arnel Pineda...
...until I saw this documentary.
Ramona Diaz's behind-the-scenes documentation of not only Arnel Pineda's road to becoming the frontman for Journey as well as what the rest of the band thought was absolutely incredible. There's many thing to appreciate about this story, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Deen Castronovo. There truly is a lot more to appreciate outside the music we never see but only hear.
This is proof that inspiration can originate from a constantly developing third-world country that doesn't have to come in the form of boxing gloves.
I will be picking this DVD up on its August release.
The first three words of the title refer to the four core members of the band Journey, who had a ten year string of hits beginning in 1978, when they disbanded, returning as a group in 1995, until their lead singer - Steve Perry - left for good. Perry's replacement for the next 10 years, Steve Augeri, wasn't enough to get the band on the charts. But founding members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain still believed in the band. They went to the "ball" looking for their Cinderella of a lead singer. In this case the "ball" was Youtube, where Schon spotted a young singer in Manila (the Philippines) doing Journey cover songs with his band Foo. They brought that singer - Arnel Pineda - to the US for an audition and the rest, as they say, is musical history. Arnel's been the lead with Journey for the last eight years. So the rest of the film's title belongs to Arnel, since filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz (who specializes in story-driven documentaries) was there (literally a fly on the wall - from that first audition through the end of the band's 2008 world tour (ending in Arnel's home town).
Coming from a poor area of Manila , having done, alcohol and drugs and fathering two children (one out of wedlock), Arnel is seeing both the plusses and minuses of fame.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must watch! I love Arnel Pineda so much! I saw the band perform live last month and I instantly fell in love with him.Published 2 days ago by Erik Gibb
Great movie for any Journey fan or fan of good music. Very cool story on finding a new lead singer.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Watching this documentery was truly a Journey.
What a phenominal story of rags to riches--right place at the right time. Read more
A great video to watch with a lot of history lessons about one of the greatest bands! Enjoyed the entire movie!Published 1 month ago by Ricky Ingram
Unbelievable is all I can say! You must see it to believe itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My only knock is it's more a documentary than music, still cool background look at the "new" Journey. It's all about keeping their music alive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by phantomwriter
I'm a Journey fan. I've seen them twice with Arnel, but didn't know his story until I stumbled across this documentary about a year ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allison Wood