From performing in dinky bars for small crowds with his cover band to stadiums and arenas around the world for mammoth audiences, Arnel Pineda has indeed come a long way since becoming American rock band Journey’s front man in 2007.
Now used to performing on the stages of Quinta Vergara Amphitheater in Chile for 20,000 people; the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida for 65,000; and the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds here at the home front for some 30,000 fans, the OPM artist-turned-international rock star admits there is still a venue that gives him the jitters.
“The ‘unseen’ online audience,” Pineda spelled out as he was reunited with the Philippine press on Friday, to announce his upcoming concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila, dubbed A Voyage To Rockville.
And you guessed it right—the live production will be streamed real-time around the world.
Acknowledging that stage fright will always have its benefit in pushing artists to give their hundred-percent in every performance, Pineda went on to talk about how the idea of live streaming first appealed to him. And it was more for giving budding artists a boost in the right direction, rather than himself.
“The first time I did this was in 2013 at my bar Rockville in Timog (Quezon City). My concept there was to help local bands to be live streamed via internet,” the successful singer recalled.
Besides giving rock music fans around the world a front-row seat to an Arnel Pineda concert, what he describes as the “magical place of Rockville,” where he seeks to help others make dreams a reality has, will reach the farthest places around the globe.
“Rockville is a land of reality and fantasy. It’s a land where, if music is your thing, it touches your soul. It’s a story within a concert,” Journey’s frontman continued.
For the Newport concert of course, imagine the Timog bar show in grand proportions. And indeed, performing as his guests are quality acts from around the world, namely 2016 Grammy nominee for best live performance, Morgan Rose of the band Sevendust (acclaimed to be one of the world’s best drummers), and new pop rock sensation from America, Namesake.
Produced by Sanre Entertainment, the online streaming of A Voyage To Rockville is priced at $14.95 at Sanrestreaming.com, with additional options for a delayed telecast at $9.95 (valid for a seven day period from the time of purchase); and VIP access at $24.95 for fans who wish avail of an autographed CD for Pineda as well as 8 weeks access to delayed telecasts. (The broadcast period will run from April 9 to June 11).
Asked what kind of magic he has in store for his Filipino fans and the rest of the world, Pineda replied, “This will be the first time for me to mix a lot of original songs with cover songs that I’ve been doing for the past 30 year, including songs from Journey. It’s very nerve-wracking for me because I don’t know what the reaction of the audience will be, but at the same time I’d like to see that risk and see what happens.”