Filipino American frontman Arnel Pineda of the popular rock group Journey is at the center of controversy over a possible reunion of some band members.
The Music Times reports the bickering began when guitarist and vocalist Neal Schon suggested that founding band member and lead vocalist Greg Rolie return for the 50th-anniversary tour.
That plan was nixed, but when Schon’s wife Michaele publicly commented on social media that two Journey band members vetoed the idea, Pineda became irritated, Bravewords reported.
Some fans immediately blamed Jonathan Cain and Pineda for blocking Rolie’s return.
“You people are unbelievable…whoever’s spreading rumor about me regarding the #GregRollie issue are maliciously ignorant..im not gonna stoop down to your level,” said the vocalist at the time,” Pineda wrote.
He then went further, suggesting the band could get rid of him if they didn’t like him.
“If some of them are tired of me being with them, with all means, they can fire me anytime,” he wrote defiantly.”
That’s when former Journey frontman Jeff Scott Soto chimed in.
Classic Rock 96.1 reported Soto wrote
“You have NOTHING or NO ONE to answer to brother, you’re a kind, gentle and huge heart with a huge talent to match, it’s the age-old crap when you achieve success and happiness, there are many who want to break you down! Stay the course, YOUR course, I’m proud to be your friend,” said the vocalist.
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