The story of Arnel Pineda‘s rise from nightclub singer in the Philippines to the frontman of Journey is fairly well-known — he’s been with the band, after all, for about five years now.
But it’s a really good story, which is why PBS’ “Independent Lens” series has picked up a documentary about Pineda’s Journey experience. “Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey” played at several film festivals last year and is set to make its TV debut Sept. 30 (check your local PBS listings).
At the TCA summer press tour Tuesday (Aug. 6), Pineda and Journey’s Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory recounted how Schon found Pineda by searching YouTube, apprehensions the band had about hiring Pineda and some less-than-welcoming fan responses.
Cain recalls a tour date in one city — he doesn’t say which one — where “people sat with their arms folded” for about the first half-hour of the show before Pineda finally won them over.
Band members and director Ramona Diaz mention several times how the story sounds like a fairy tale come true. That’s a pretty well-worn phrase, but it fits here. Take a look at the trailer for “Don’t Stop Believin'”: