Arnel Pineda’s journey to becoming Journey frontman goes through YouTube 

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  • Journey band member lead vocalist Arnel Pineda performs onstage during the 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey' panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

The PBS show “Independent Lens” is creating a documentary about the odd way that legendary Bay Area band Journey found a singer to replace Steve Perry, according to Fox.

Get this: Guitarist Neal Schon actually went on YouTube and watched people singing his songs, which means he probably had to sit through a lot of crap, not to mention copyright violations, to find the man he chose, Arnel Pineda of the Philippines.

The guy looked good and sounded good, but he didn’t speak fluent English. Journey flew him to San Francisco to audition anyway, and now he’s been the frontman since 2007. The funny thing is, if you squint your eyes he sort of looks like Perry.

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