On separate occasions in the documentary Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, newly hired Journey frontman Arnel Pineda describes his life as a "fairy tale" and a "Cinderella story." It's better described as a globalization of the American Dream, a kind of "Mr. Deeds Goes on Tour" narrative where Deeds is now a Filipino discovered somewhat randomly through the world-shrinking magic of the Internet, specifically YouTube. In one of the most distinct moments of the film, a concertgoer admits her preference that the band's new singer "was from here," as if outsourcing has ever been viewed as an issue in pop music. What that young woman clearly really meant, in spite of her insistence that she's not racist, is that she wishes he was not Asian. There's also a kind of reverse racially charged phenomenon at play in the fact that suddenly Journey is a huge hit with Filipino Americans, who are now a large percentage of the band's live audience just because of Pineda's nationality.
Neal Schon,Arnel Pineda,Jonathan Cain,Ross Valory,Deen Castronovo,Katherine Heigl
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from Youtube to become the front man for iconic American rock band, Journey, thereby becoming the latest performer to go from the Internet to real life celebrity. Having already overcome a life full of painful obstacles and now saddled with the immense pressures of leading a world renowned band and replacing a legendary singer, the film follows Arnel on this personal journey.