Arnell Soprano

Terry and I ondemanded a well-above average film about the music biz called “Don’t Stop Believing” about Journey finding singer Arnell Pineda in a Manilla-based coverband called Zoo on youtube and going on to gross $500,000 in multiple dates here and abroad.

I wonder if Steve Perry made as much as Arnell on the film due to publishing and co-writing credits of the bigger hits.

Makes me want a version called “Neil and Gregg” about the fact that Santana manager or co-manager Herbie Herbert pulled second-guitarist Neil Schoen and keyboardist Gregg Rolie out of Carlos Santana’s band, to form Journey in 1973 and then Rolie left, to be replaced by Jon Cain of the Baby’s. Total of 80 million copies sold, movie claims, but I want to see touring and sales charted over the 35 year run. I want to know how much of the bump is due to synch license of “Don’t Stop Believing” in final scene of final episode of “Sopranos“.

Dan Olmsted and I held a press conference about Cubberley Session (or, at the time “The Palo Alto Soundcheck” in front of Gregg Rolie’s childhood home. In 1995. Olmstead, of The New EZ Devils, who opened for Cake at the Cub in September of that year (along with The Negro Problem supporting), was a couple years behind Rolie in Palo Alto schools and a fellow Cub grad and would mow the lawns of the Rolie home, near Nelson and Parkside Drives, behind Cub.

Danny Scher also famously pulled a string to get Journey to play the Tri School formal in Palo Alto in 1979, my freshman year — I remember pondering asking a girl in social sciences to go with me but did not have the voice, like Journey, just a few months prior.

Schoen says that the instrumental version of the band, pre-Steve Perry was like an early jam-band, like the Grateful Dead, but I would have to check that.

I almost wondered if Jon Hunstman, the politician, had ever heard Rolie and Schoen during the time that he toured as a keyboardist for prog rock band Wizard, or if he overlapped in Palo Alto in any way with future Journey members. Huntsman born here and moved to Utah, also declared a Dream Theater day statewide recently. I should have gotten him onto my Save the Varsity team or even my Save The Varsity Fantasy Team (same difference: TLPW456)

I noticed that total stud music rights person Brooke Wentz supervised the film, meaning she would know if indeed as I suggest Steve Perry made more on the film that Arnell did.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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