15 Bands That Carried On With New SingersWatch Motley Crue, Van Halen, Journey and others soldier on without their frontmen
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Journey with Arnel Pineda (2007-present)
Journey started in 1973 as a collective of former Santana bandmates, with Gregg Rolle on keyboards and lead vocals. They hired Steve Perry to sing four years later and immediately saw a huge surge of popularity. Rolie is a great singer (that's him on "Black Magic Woman"), but Perry has a tremendous gift with pop songs. Much to the chagrin of his bandmates, he lost interest in the band in 1986, and a 1995 reunion fizzled out very quickly due to Perry's health problems. The band grew sick of waiting around, so they brought in Steve Augeri in 1998. Fans said he looked like Steve Perry with a perm. Even his name was similar. They parted ways in 2006 after Augeri had some voice problems (fans even alleged there was some lip-syncing). Jeff Soto was briefly brought in, though he never quite fit.
The band grew desperate and came close to hiring a Steve Perry impersonator from a Journey cover band, until they stumbled across clips of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda on YouTube. He had Perry's voice down cold, and fans were overjoyed when he came into the band. Ticket sales skyrocketed. The dream remains alive that Perry might return one day, but until then Pineda is at the helm.