The rock documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” was released on DVD this week.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, the film follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from obscurity to succeed Steve Perry as the frontman for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story, Pineda, 45, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, was then forced to navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
Oklahoma-born guitarist Neal Schon, the only constant member of Journey over its long run, found Pineda by searching YouTube videos.
Some longtime Journey fans were reluctant to accept the presence of Pineda as Perry’s replacement when he joined in December 2007, but he has won over many doubters with his solid renditions of hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully” and “Open Arms.”
“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” is set to air on PBS on Sept. 30 as part of the network’s Independent Lens series, according to the Associated Press.
As previously reported, Schon, 59, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Friday prior to Journey’s sold-out concert at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The only constant member of Journey, Neal Schon was born at Tinker Air Force Base southeast of Oklahoma City. The multi-talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter also was a member of Santana and Bad English, HSAS, Abraxas Pool, Soul SirkUS, and other bands and enjoys a successful solo career.
As a member of Journey, Schon co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It” “Lights,” and “Wheel In The Sky.”
Here is a trailer for “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”: