MANILA, Philippines – Manila, get ready for one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. On March 21, Manila will play host to one of the most legendary and successful bands of all time as Journey makes their long awaited return to the Philippines. In addition to being one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, Journey has made a huge impact all over the world. “Open Arms,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’”, songs that to this day, are popular from New York to Manila.
Formed in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. They released their self-titled album in 1975, Look Into the Future (1976) and Next (1977). In 1978, they released their fourth album Infinity, which immediately went Platinum and remained on the charts for more than two years. Infinity has sold more than three million copies to date and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Rolling Stones, Queen, The Cars). Their 1979 album Evolution became their second million-selling album. Then in 1981, Journey’s album Escape became their first #1 album which produced hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and “Open Arms.”
In 2007, Journey was rejuvenated when Arnel Pineda joined the band as lead singer after founding member and lead guitarist Neal Schon discovered the singer on YouTube singing with a local band in the Philippines. After viewing more videos of Pineda, Schon made a phone call to fellow member Jonathan Cain to share the news. Schon then personally contacted Pineda to invite him to San Francisco to audition for Journey. Shortly thereafter, Pineda had become the new lead singer of Journey.
Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and our very own Arnel Pineda will rock Manila on Thursday, March 21, 8pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ticket prices are: VIP P8,450; Patron P5,810; Lower Box P4,120; Upper Box P1,590; General Admission P850 (plus applicable service charge). For tickets, call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or visit SMtickets.com. Visit journeymusic.com and mmilive.com for more information. Journey: The Return is brought to you by MMI; major sponsor: Fox Filipino; media partners: ABS-CBN, ASAP, MYX, Business World, The Philippine Star, YES FM, Easy Rock, RJ 100, INQUIRER.net, Pep.ph, Philistar.com.