Journey Singer Nearly Collapsed In Terror Before Big Show

08/20/2013
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(Classic Rock) Arnel Pineda nearly collapsed in terror as he geared up to perform to 25 million people soon after being confirmed as Journey's frontman.

The previously-unknown vocalist was hired in 2006 after guitarist Neal Schon saw him covering Journey tracks in a YouTube video. But nothing could have prepared him for one of his first appearances with the band, in Vina del Mar, a sold-out show which was being televised live across South America.

Schon tells Rolling Stone: "We threw him in the fire, no doubt about it. Two seconds before we go, Arnel is like: 'Can I go home? I don't want to go out.'

"It was fear and loathing to the max but then he went out, and he went for it, and the audience went nuts."

Pineda recalls: "I was terrified to death. It took years, but I survived it." more on this story

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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