When humanity’s time on this planet comes to an end via some sort of environmental disaster, obliteration via giant transforming robots or a giant ape takeover, the only indestructible remnants of our culture left behind will be Twinkies, reruns of Lifetime Original Movies, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.”
The song, which was originally a top-ten hit in 1981 but has gone through an amazing renaissance in the 21st century thanks to key appearances on Laguna Beach, The Sopranos series finale , and Glee (as well as every wedding you’ve ever been to), it continues to be a song that is constantly embraced by new listeners.
Journey proved that this morning on Today, where they took the stage to perform a handful of their classics, including the song that will not die. Check out the video here:
If you think that guy singing sounds a little different and seems a little young, you’re right on both accounts. That’s not legendary wailer Steve Perry, but rather soundalike Arnel Pineda, whom rest of the band discovered online in 2007 (think of him as the Filipino classic-rock Justin Bieber, if that’s what you’re into).
Journey also performed “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully” and a new single called “City of Hope,” but clearly “Don’t Stop Believin'” was the main event. Have you had enough of that signature piano riff yet, or are you fine with the immortality of the tune? Let us know in the comments.
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