I actually met Journey back in '05 in a bar on Sunset Strip in LA. One of them came over and asked me and my producer, Danny Saber, and my A&R guy Jeff if we were a band. I said 'yeah, kinda, how about you?' Jeff was all like, shit dude, that's Journey. They were like, 'yeah man'. Well, it was guitarist Neil Schon and their singer, OG Journey genius Steve Perry's replacement. I can't remember his name. They were nice guys. We kicked it a bit. I was drunk and stoned on American Spirit cigarettes. The joint shut at 11 or something though, everywhere in LA did, that night. It was weird.
Anyway. Journey must have lost that guy somewhere along the way, because they've got another singer, the charming Arnel Pineda, and they found him on Youtube. This all happened at the end of last year, but I only just found out, and maybe you did too, eh? Here's what happened, according to Neil:
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.
Check out this video of the guy doing Faithfully with his old band. It's incredible.