Friday, July 18, 2008

OKAY OKAY ALREADY...Here's my concert review..

Who knew so many people liked Journey?

The night began with a tailgating party in the parking lot! Woop! Woop!

Then we headed into the stadium...SOLD OUT! It was packed. We got lawn seats because the majority (sorry Laurel & Heidi) cared more about socializing than the actual concert. Thankfully Laurel got there early and threw down some blankets so we all had plenty of space. And that was a good thing, because they COMPLETELY oversold the lawn...there were crowds of people standing on the pathway, and even climbing behind the fence of the ampitheater and sitting in the trees...girls were peeing in the was like a 3rd world country. It was CRAZY.

So why the big draw? Their new lead is a pic and a story I copied from another website so you could get the info on his's unbelievable.

Here’s the inspiring background story: Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of the band called THE ZOO. They do Journey cover songs in their gigs and have their videos posted on Youtube. One day Journey’s guitarist Neal Schon was on the look out for a new lead singer. In a Blabbermouth article, Schon said:

“I was frustrated about not having a singer, so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found THE ZOO and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”

Okay people..I don't know a LOT of Journey songs...but I know that this guy sounded just as good of not BETTER than Steve Perry. It was amazing!!! The show went on forever. Curtis had been 2 years ago when they had another lead singer and said it was awful...nobody was there and they ended early. But Arnie brought Journey back to life. It was pretty cool to see.

So was a good concert. I would have liked it more if I knew the songs...but I still had fun. And it was a great night away from the hotel...and watching Jon Michell dance is truly a moment I will NEVER forget.


discomommy said...

Jon Michell Dancing...let me set the scene. You know when you go dancing and you see "that guy". You know him. The one you point out to your friends. The one who is so bad but is having such a good time it just makes you smile. Maybe even laugh a little bit. Yeah, that's my man!

Jon in HB said...

I don't know how to put this but...I'm kind of a big deal!