Arnel Pineda embarks on a solo concert tour to promote new album

Arnel Pineda embarks on a solo concert tour to promote new album

Los Angeles show, produced by Pageantry Global, Inc. in cooperation with Asian Journal Publications, Inc., Balikbayan Magazine and Love of Country, scheduled for December 3

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda took time off his busy schedule to meet with the Filipino-American media on Saturday, July 29 in Queens, New York.

Pineda finished the Washington, DC leg of their Journey tour on Friday, Juy 29 and flew to New York. On Saturday, he had a band meeting in the morning and watched the musical “Hamilton” in the afternoon before going to Queens for the gathering of media and community leaders.

The following day, he performed with his band Journey, along with other bands Fleetwood Mac and Earth, Wind and Fire at a packed show held at the Citi Stadium.

For Arnel, it has been a long six months of touring with the band and it came to a conclusion last Sunday. He is now looking forward to going home to Manila to be with his family, recharge his batteries and go on another concert tour, this time flying solo to promote his solo album.

This November, Arnel will embark on a nine-city North American tour dubbed, “Arnel Pineda: The Album Promo Tour 2017,”covering both Canada and the United States. It will start on November 4 in Vancouver and conclude on December 3 in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles concert is produced by Pageantry Global, Inc. in cooperation with Asian Journal Publications, Inc., Balikbayan Magazine and Love of Country.

Organized by MCY Entertainment and Up North Entertainment, the tour will see Arnel on stage performing original compositions and his favorite covers, the songs that he used to sing prior to him joining Journey back in 2007.

Aside from celebrating his tenth year anniversary with Journey this year, 2017 is a milestone year for Arnel because he is turning 50 this September. And earlier this year, his dream of 35 years happened: he met his idol Steve Perry in the flesh, as bandmates Neal Schon and the rest of Journey took their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His blessings continue to pour and Arnel is eternally thankful, humbled all the more by the good things that are happening to him today.

Just recently, he was at the White House where he was able to tour the Oval Office and shake the hands of President Donald Trump.

“For me to be able to see the Oval Office and see a piece of American history right there, it was something,” Arnel shared. “Pero hindi ito about sa religion or politics, medyo naba-bash kami ngayon (But this is not about religion or politics.  We are getting bashed lately) about politics, but for me it is more about history. This is me, a Filipino involved in Journey, wanting to know more about American history. That was my intention. I’m very apolitical.”

He was then asked how the past 10 years flew by so quickly and what his plans are for the next few years.

“While doing it, the days are dragging, parang ang haba haba pero hindi ko namalayan, ten years na pala. Ngayon na–realize ko na ten years na, parang kalian lang yung 2007 na nag-o-audition pa ako sa kanila (it’s like the days are long, but before I know it, it’s already been 10 years. Now I realized that it’s been 10 years. It was just like yesterday, in 2007 when I auditioned for the group),” he said laughing.

In those ten years, Arnel was able to travel the world – “Puwera (except) Africa and Eastern Europe, yun na lang (those only),” he said – and take the stage as the band’s frontman, delivering the classics such as “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Open Arms”.

And being a member of a legendary rock band, Arnel went through multiple life experiences he never thought he’d be able to accomplish, like television appearances on “Ellen,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” NBC’s “Today Show,” among others or penning articles for international magazines, such as “Rolling Stone,” and filling up almost every famed arena in the world from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to the Wembley Arena in London and the Tokyo Budokan in Japan.

The band — with Arnel as the frontman — has performed in almost 600 concerts across the globe starting with their 2008 tour. Their 2017 USA/Canada tour alone brought them to 73 cities.

Sometimes he still pinches himself to make sure that he is not dreaming.

Who would have thought that a guy like him would be sharing the same stage with some music legends such as Fleetwood Mac and Earth, Wind and Fire?

“Doon sa Dodgers Stadium, I was on the side watching and dancing when Earth, Wind and Fire was performing. Ang babait nila, we had photos with them and we exchanged stories as well,” he shared fondly.

Recognizing his need to grow as a solo artist, Arnel released his first ever EP back in 2015 and called it “Arnel Pineda Experiment” or “AP.ex.” The recording contained six all-original tracks.

Last year, Arnel released his first full album AP which includes songs he personally penned, some going as far back as the 2000s.

For now, his fans would have to wait till November to see him onstage once more.

“I will sing the songs that I used to sing nung hindi pa ako (when I was not part of) Journey, mga classic rock songs,” he said.

The solo tour to promote the album will run from late 2017 to early 2018 with confirmed shows in the Philippines, nine cities in the U.S. and Canada and a possible European leg in the works.

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