The high octane rock/pop band Journey, which has been a virtual mainstay in the musical ring ever since its debut record in 1975 and which was originally an off-shoot ensemble put together by members of Santana, is the subject of a new documentary. The film in particular will focus on their lead singer, Arnel Pineda, who was handpicked from YouTube in 2007, and wound up becoming the strongest frontman the band ever had since the departure of Steve Perry. Perry, who left the group back in 1998, was the band’s original rubber banded, elastic vocal corded wunderkind, who crooned on some of their biggest hits and is still highly remembered for being an integral part during the group’s heyday over 30 years ago.
The forthcoming documentary is called Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and is set to be released on March 8th in theaters and then released on VOD the following day. The trailer for the upcoming production can be viewed below.
The title of course comes from one of Journey’s biggest hits, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which was originally released in 1981 and remains an anthem of sorts for the group, which had gotten extra weight in recent years by the tandem of being the musical accompaniment via a jukebox playing it during the final sequence of the HBO “mafiosoap opera” The Sopranos, and also a fan favorite at karaoke bars from coast to coast.
The film, directed by Ramona S. Diaz, follows the story of Pineda, a Filipino, who was literally found via YouTube and who at first glance in physicality and stature, seemed like an ill fit for the band, until he started singing and was able to hit all the vocal histrionics Steve Perry pretty much laid in stone for Journey almost flawlessly. The entire procedural in the way Pineda was acquired was manifested in a manner akin to how teen pop sensation Justin Bieber was discovered, albeit of course in a more mature manner, for a decidedly different kind of fan base, genre, and audience. The unorthodox way the band found Pineda is the main narrative, the film will also show the personal journey of Pineda, who had a life of challenges and obstacles, culminating in this “Hollywood style” fairy tale as he wound up making a dream a reality by way of the most unusual and serendipitous circumstance of good fortune and happenstance.
The film will also include long standing members of Journey, Jonathon Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and the guitar hero himself, the legendary Neil Schon. Journey remains a fan favorite to this very day, strengthened by hit songs such as “Wheel in the Sky,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Open Arms,” and other chart successes. The band started 40 years ago this year and had their arguable peak of success during the late 1970s to the mid 1980s.