Journey Singer Nearly Collapsed In Terror Before Big Show

(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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