Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
It's time for the September 1, 2015, edition of The Battle of the Bands. Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy provides us with this information about the bloghop:
The whole thing is really quite simple: You select two different versions of the same song (versions you feel might give each other some competition in the voting) and you post them on the 1st and the 15th of each month.
On the 7th and 21st of each month, you add your own personal vote to the mix, total up all the votes and announce the winner on your blog.
Beyond that, just try to have fun with it and let your readers/voters have fun with it.
All righty, then. Let's have fun!
I've never been a Journey fan, but I enjoyed the documentary I watched--Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey--about their search for a new lead singer. The documentary led me to present this BOTB.
The original incarnation of Journey formed in 1973 and wasn't very successful. Their label told them they needed a frontman and lead singer. They dutifully hired a lead singer, who left within a year.
During 1977, Journey hired Steve Perry as their lead singer, and the band became a huge success.
One of Journey's biggest hits was--and is--Don't Stop Believin', "which in 2009 became the top-selling track in iTunes history amongst songs not released in the 21st century," according to Wikipedia.
Here's our first contender in Journey v. Journey: Don't Stop Believin', featuring Steve Perry.
Steve Perry left Journey in 1987, though he returned at times for reunions, until he suffered a hip injury in 1997. He was replaced by Steve Augeri in 1998.
Augeri left in 2006 and was replaced by Jeff Scott Soto for almost a year.
Now we reach the part of Journey's story that I find most interesting. Lead guitarist Neal Schon searched YouTube for a new lead singer and discovered Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was in a cover band called The Zoo. Pineda, who had spent much of his youth homeless, seemed to rejuvenate Journey. They played sold-out stadium concerts. Their single, After All These Years, spent numerous weeks on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart.
In the documentary about Journey hiring and undertaking their first tour with Pineda, he recalls that following their first concert, the band's manager told him not to run around the stage, to stand still and sing. To the apparent delight of the crowd, Pineda did not stop delivering his enthusiastic performances.
So whether you like Steve Perry's voice and way of working with the band, or Arnel Pineda's voice and style, please cast your vote in the comments for Journey with Steve Perry or Journey with Arnel Pineda.
Here's Pineda, also on Don't Stop Believin':
Infinities of love,