What happened to Arnel Pineda will only increase the fearsome number of
Five years ago, searching for a new lead vocalist, members of the band
The comparatively young Pineda, born in
He is a man with a golden set of pipes and a true belief in the lyrics contained in the Journey standard referenced by the title, the one heard at the end of "The Sopranos" to such memorably unsettling effect. It's easy to like the movie, though there's not much of a movie there. Writer-producer-director Ramona Diaz goes only so far into the nitty-gritty of Pineda's harsh childhood ("broke" and "angry" are two of the words Pineda uses to describe himself at a young age), his battles with drug addiction and
The best material in the film is the loosest, capturing the perpetually insecure and overcompensating Pineda in his early concerts, leaping, bouncing, careening around as if every moment in every song were an audition for the next moment in the next song. "Like
My favorite bit in this de facto court biography finds the wiry frontman backstage at yet another Journey concert. (Most music docs feature a lot of tour footage, but in this one the locales really blur after a while.) Hey, says one man, grinning. "I'm the guy who replaced Peter Cetera in Chicago." It's Jason Scheff, unidentified by name in the film. They beam at each other. It's a warm moment of self-recognition for Pineda: There are, he realizes, a few of us out there, the replacements filling big shoes one city at a time.