Arnel Pineda’s journey to becoming Journey frontman goes through YouTube

Dominique Charriau/WireImageGwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration In Paris at Printemps Haussmann on November 7

Dominique Charriau/WireImageGwyneth Paltrow launches the Printemps Christmas Decorations Inauguration In Paris at Printemps Haussmann on November 7

The PBS show “Independent Lens” is creating a documentary about the odd way that legendary Bay Area band Journey found a singer to replace Steve Perry, according to Fox.

Get this: Guitarist Neal Schon actually went on YouTube and watched people singing his songs, which means he probably had to sit through a lot of crap, not to mention copyright violations, to find the man he chose, Arnel Pineda of the Philippines.

The guy looked good and sounded good, but he didn’t speak fluent English. Journey flew him to San Francisco to audition anyway, and now he’s been the frontman since 2007. The funny thing is, if you squint your eyes he sort of looks like Perry.

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Someone apparently stole James Gandolfini’s Rolex watch from his Italian hotel room after he died.

The production company that owns the rights to “Deep Throat” is suing the makers of “Lovelace” for $10 million, arguing it never gave them permission for the project.

Mark Zuckerberg, Joe Montana, M.C. Hammer and Sophia Bush all turned up at the screening of “Documented” at the Yerba Buena Arts Center this week.

Sylvester Stallone called Bruce Willis “greedy” and “lazy” on Twitter.

Transgender TV personality B. Scott is suing BET for demanding that he wear men’s clothes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Scott Stapp of Creed is 40.

Guitarist The Edge from U2 is 52.

TV anchor Deborah Norville is 55.

Actor Donny Most (“Happy Days”) is 60.

Radio personality Robin Quivers is 61.

Actor Keith Carradine (“Dexter”) is 64.

Actor Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”) is 66.

Actress Connie Stevens (“Hawaiian Eye”) is 75.

Actor Dustin Hoffman (“Tootsie”) is 76.

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