The current lead singer of Journey is on Oahu for a solo concert this Saturday, Dec. 16.
Arnel Pineda joined the iconic rock band in 2007, following lead singers Steve Perry and Steve Augeri.
He held a meet-and-greet with fans at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center Thursday afternoon.
“It’s like a family reunion,” he said. “There’s a lot of people here who came from the Philippines. This is like one of my second homes.”
His goal is to raise money for Katipunan and his own Arnel Pineda Foundation, which helps homeless children in his native home of the Philippines.
“My own foundation, we support street kids, especially now with where I live, those are the street kids that I really concentrate my foundation right now, try to help them out to go back to school and don’t do these other things, just loitering around, begging for money, prostituting themselves, using drugs,” he said.
When Pineda takes the stage Saturday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, he won’t be singing Journey songs.
Instead, he’ll perform songs that influenced him when he was younger. His set list will feature songs such as “Jump” by Van Halen, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney, and “Message in a Bottle” by the Police, as well as some original tunes.
“A little bit of Queen, Bryan Adams, some Beatles, and maybe some Bon Jovi,” Pineda teased. “I just want to thank everyone for supporting me and this show. It’s my first solo show here in Hawaii. I’m quite nervous, but I hope they will come and celebrate with me and my past 20 years pre-Journey.”
Pineda has put on several solo shows to raise money for charities from all over the world and across the U.S.