Some of you may already know of Arnel Pineda, the forty-one-year-old Filipino singer-songwriter who was discovered on YouTube by Journey’s lead guitarist, Neal Schon. When Schon initially contacted Pineda offering to fly him to San Francisco to audition with his band, Pineda thought he was the recipient of a mean-spirited prank call. Today, a year-and-a-half after their fateful conversation, Pineda stands as Journey’s apt but unlikely front man. On June 3, 2008 Journey, with Pineda on lead vocals, released a two-disc album that featured both new songs and rerecorded classics. The alum performed commercially and debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200. Fans of the “new Journey” praise the latest lead vocalist’s musical gusto and applaud the band’s multi-national composition, while critics cynically joust that Journey has become its own cover band, complete with a front man incapable of holding a candle to the vocal stylings of Steve Perry. Take a look at the two music videos and decide for yourself: Is Pineda’s voice a viable facsimile or does Steve Perry take the proverbial cake?