From Monday night in Saratoga, NY. This is not Steve Perry. It is a 40-year-old dude from the Philippines.
I’m like a deer in headlights right now! When I heard about how Neil found Arnel it wasn’t shocking. I didn’t buy the rags to riches story. I figured he probably found success prior to Neil’s call. I know Neil wouldn’t choose a lame singer so I expect dynamic vocals. They’ve always been great!
For the last 30 years I’ve felt that Steve Perry had one of the most beautiful voices, if not THE most beautiful voice. I’ve had the pleasure to see him/them countless times. Steve could sing your “your mama” and it may send you chills. A voice so touching!
I took a second to see how this Arnel sounds. It turned into a whole night of it. I watched every video I could possibly find! I can’t get over it! I can’t find a concert on the Eastern seaboard either, damn it!
Being a Perry fan I understand the naysayers. Isn’t it bizarre how Perry is praised when he doesn’t even sing? When was the last time any of his fans heard him sing? For a couple of years it’s been my opinion that Perry had back surgery, it can make you loose your voice. Why would he just stop singing? If he was is so great, where do we see him? Is he on the radio? How could an elite singer like Perry be so great if he’s not even singing? I have not heard him in more than 10 years!!! Where’s the music?
Perry’s voice was great in concert, but he wasn’t anything more as a performer. IMO a beautiful voice is good enough. But it is nice to see a singer enjoy what he’s doing. We’re talking about Steve Perry, he can sit on the floor and never look up. I know, I know.
Seeing Arnel perform is an eye-opener. Absolutely amazing!!! I thought all the praise came from Asians. So many acolytes, it seemed like Michael Jackson fans just going crazy. I’m not Asian, I don’t know him. I am confident when I say: Steve didn’t sound as good as Arnel when we was a singer!!!
To the people that disapprove of them re-recording new CD’s with Arnel: GO LISTEN TO THIS SINGER!!! YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND….I’D RATHER HAVE THE NEW VOICE!!!! ! PERRY LEFT JOURNEY LONG AGO.
The other guys have been great. No Perry…But this new guy is actually BETTER than Perry. Crap, I never thought I’d say that…
Journey is always great, now they’re just better!
You found the best guy Neil. Perry is history, Arnel is a blessing to journey.
YOU ARE THE GREATEST..
SP is legendary and AP is following SP foot step and making his own legedary.
I love them both dearly.
IMO, quite the contrary Perry sounded better on the records than he did singing live. But for me, it’s the other way around with Arnel, he just sounds so much better live than on their new album Revelations especially on the re-records. I heard he was somewhat sick or not feeling well during the recording sessions, maybe it affected his delivery. Voice quality is pretty much subjective. No matter how technically good you are it all depends on the listener’s taste/ear. Although what sets Perry apart from Arnel is his songwriting skills w/c Arnel still has to exhibit. No point really in comparing since they served different eras and different needs under different sets of circumstances in the band’s evolution.
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