July 31, 2008


Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida
July 30th, 2008

Last Night my wife, son, and brother all loaded up for a road trip to Tampa after winning tickets to one of the hottest tours on the circuit this summer. This was the fifth time I'd seen HEART, and the third time both for JOURNEY and CHEAP TRICK. I've been a longtime fan of Heart, and always enjoyed Cheap Trick, but I've never been a huge Journey fan - but I must say they rocked pretty hard last night, and their new singer, Arnel Pineda was pretty awesome, a dead ringer for Steve Perry (read below).

Info About Arnel Pineda from Wikipedia:

Videos of (Arnel's band) The Zoo performing cover songs by Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Air Supply, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins and other popular acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, began appearing on YouTube.com in February 2007. On June 28, 2007, Neal Schon of Journey contacted Noel Gomez, a longtime fan and friend of Pineda who uploaded many of these videos, to ask for Pineda's contact information. Schon sent an e-mail to Pineda inviting the latter to audition for Journey. Pineda initially dismissed the e-mail as a hoax, but after being persuaded by Gomez, he finally replied to Schon's e-mail. Ten minutes later, Pineda received a phone call from Schon. On August 12, Pineda, along with his manager Bert de Leon, flew to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, for a two-day audition. The star-struck Pineda was welcomed warmly but he described the audition as "nerve-wracking, tense".

On December 5, 2007, Pineda was announced as the lead singer of Journey. CNN Headline News ran the story as part of their "News to Me" segment.

Pineda debuted as the lead singer of Journey on February 21, 2008 at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival held at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Viña del Mar, Chile. Videos of the Vina del Mar performance are available at the Festival's home page and on YouTube.

Chilean media acclaimed Pineda's performance (translated to English): "The new vocalist fit very well with the band, his vocal aptitudes shining through, which are very similar to the legendary musician of the band, Steve Perry." Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain described Pineda's performance in a radio interview: "We went to Chile just recently, where we had never played and they went crazy, they absolutely went nuts...Arnel's first show - talk about a stressful thing - we had a televised concert for 25 million people...Is the guy a winner? Yeah, he's a winner. He's a clutch player."

Journey returned to the US for a private Remax Convention event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 6, 2008, then performed at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood on March 8, 2008 (this concert was recorded and used, in part, for the Revelation DVD).

After Cheap Trick's set, just after Heart started, I asked my boy if he wanted to roam around and see if we could get some good pictures. As we rounded the left side of the stage a security guard said we should not block the aisle, then motioned to the front of the stage, he said he could let Dylan go to the front/center of the stage to take pictures for a few minutes if he liked - SURE! we said.

We he was done he ran back up to me, gave the guard a high-five and we both said thanks. The guard pulled me aside and said he could come back to shoot a few of Journey later if we liked. Kool!

All in all it was a hot show, and we all had a great time, and my wife loves her favorite band agian!

Below are some the photos our budding young rock photographer took! Enjoy.

Heart playing Zeppelin in '77

Heart - Track 5 - The Rover.mp3


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Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Wow, those are good photos!

I absolutely LOVE Ann and Nancy! They are true Queens of Rock if you ask me. I am sorry i missed this concert. They will be back in my area in late Sept. but I have no one to go with and don't want to drive to LA by myself.

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