The new Journey band with their newfound lead singer Arnel Pineda continues to plot one of the greatest band comeback in rock music history. An electrifying new album is set for release in early 2011 and lead guitarist Neal Schon reveals some of the details.
After their successful 2008 Platinum-selling album “Revelation” and sold-out concerts during their tour in 2009, the classic rock band Journey with founder and lead guitarist Neal Schon follows it up yet with another new album for release in early 2011. Their Revelation album was not only a huge success in the U.S. but in 6 other countries as well making it to the top of the charts. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) in 1998.
In an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Neal said,” We did really well the last time we toured in the UK (2008), also playing at Download (2009), so we’ve taken the rest of the year off to prepare this new CD. Things are on the up-and-up for us over there. It’s great to know that doors are finally opening.”
Doors are finally opening for Journey after Neal Schon discovered a goldmine while surfing the Internet desperately looking for a new lead singer. Filipino Arnel Pineda, whose voice is somewhat similar to their former lead singer Steve Perry, got a wide vocal range with a crisp, emotional, rocky voice. Pineda appears to be a better and versatile performer than their former Perry replacements – Steve Augeri and Jeff Scott Sotto. The ‘new voice’ Pineda was so much energy on stage during their Revelation tour in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. and the fans loved him.
“We’re going to be here (in the studio) for a little bit over a month,” Neal said, ”Overdubs and vocals are going really well….The material is extremely strong..”
The band’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been officially recognized as the most downloaded song of all time bigger than any songs by Led Zeppelin or The Beatles.
“The promoters are keen to have us back as headliners, and we’re excited to be coming as part of our next world tour,” said Neal.
In an interview during the recent Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Schon talked briefly about his vision of the upcoming Journey record planned for release early 2011. He reported that they’re not going for radio-friendly hits this time around and he and Jonathan Cain will be working on a “conceptual record” that’ll be more musically adventurous than their previous albums.
In other reports, Neal said that aside from Jonathan Cain’s music writing, Arnel wrote some songs for the new album, “Arnel has got some great ideas. He’s really good with melody and lyrics. We’re going to make a rocking record.”
“I think it’s going to be a very musical record and I have a cool thing to write about. But I don’t want to reveal too much because somebody will steal it. But it’s a one title, like most of our records are, and it’s a very deep subject – real stuff,” Neal said.
Arnel Pineda’s revealing performances in two of the world’s rock capital at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium and at the Download Festival in Donington Park, England in 2009, might have given the idea for the band’s ‘rocky’ concept in their new album for 2011. In the midst of the heavy metal bands performing at the two rockfests, comebacking Journey with Pineda’s big rocky voice performed very well. Schon had been saying that they have found the band’s missing link in Arnel since Perry left the band.
Kevin Shirley, the band’s producer, reported in his blog that the studio recording is going very well and slammin’ 11 tracks were already recorded, “Neal is hell bent on rockin’ out and he’s quite a force to reckon with when he sets his mind on something… Arnel has been writing and singing up a storm.”
Shirley described the new Journey album as “the same deal, recording-wise, the difference is in the details. The new songs are very, very creative and rocking…. there is a theme to the entire album which is very sexy and very rocking – more will be revealed…”
It’s a one-word album title said Neal. Any guess?