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Was Ken really asked to sing for Journey, Foreigner and Motley Crue?

I read somewhere online that Ken was asked to become a singer for several famous bands such as Foreigner, Motley Crue, Journey and some others. Is this true? If so, why didn't he do it?

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  • HodgepodgeHodgepodge Posts: 28Pro
    Yeah Bob, I always wanted to know what it was like to make it big.  That's a pretty big sacrifice, that might be worth it for a 20 something year old, but not for a guy who has a family.  I love being able to see my kids every day.

    Even though Inxs replacement JD Fortune had a good look and voice, it doesn't seem like it was worth it for him in the end.

    I hear things aren't perfect for Arnel Pineda of Journey either.

    Its a business, and those guys who "own" the band treat the new guys like the hired help that they are.
  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 11,665Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro

    @Hodgepodge,

    They're only kids once.  Every day counts.

     

    Bob

  • HodgepodgeHodgepodge Posts: 28Pro
    edited September 2014
    @highmtn very true, my kids are #1 to me.

    @cgreen JD went from being at the top to about as low as you can go, I saw youtube vids of him trying to put his career back together and it's pretty pathetic.  It doesn't matter how talented you are, ALWAYS have a plan B for making a living.  There's a lot of articles on JD like the one below, so this isn't a gossip or fictional account of JD's failures.


    The Arnel thing may just be a lot of rumor and swirl, but there's been a lot of swirl, and there is probably some modicum of truth to a guy getting burned out with constant touring and Schon being challenging to work for.  Of course I also read Arnel is worth $15million... that blows me away because that's got to be coming mostly from them touring.  I didn't know musicians could make that kind of money unless they owned songs, got copyrights etc... Arnel seems like a cool guy, I hope everything is working out for him.


  • davo165davo165 Posts: 59Pro
    Like ya even more Ken!! Stuff fame and fortune, it never makes u happy like a family of our own can!!
  • HodgepodgeHodgepodge Posts: 28Pro
    good points @johnjohn

    I love playing and performing, but I don't know how it feels for these guys who pretty much play the same tunes on tour every few days, then on to the next town etc... for months at a time.

    Performing once a week for a couple hours, then going home has been really fun for me, and maybe that's my threshold.
  • rcrosierrcrosier Posts: 275Pro
    @johnjohn:  One of the best quotes I ever heard was an interview with the Eagles.  I can't recall who said it, but it was something like "We were blessed with the ability to play the same song a thousand times and not get bored!"

    After playing a song 50 or 100 times and cringing when someone requests it now, hats off to them for being able to do that... I'm not so sure I could...   :)

  • rcrosierrcrosier Posts: 275Pro
    @johnjohn:  Nice!!  Can you say the song name, or no?  I'm curious.  That's really great!
  • matt53matt53 Posts: 182Pro
    Wow. I know Ken's vocals are awesome, but I never could have imagined that a high bari like him would have been chosen to sing for Journey. I have read alot on some other vocal forums where some (most likely jealous) people deride Ken's voice as "undesirable" and a "David Coverdale clone." It would be funny to show them how many AMAZING bands with difficult vocal parts have asked him to be the lead singer. My mind is blown.
  • rcrosierrcrosier Posts: 275Pro
    @johnjohn:  Yes, that's what I was asking... I'll go find that and check it out.  Thanks!
  • rcrosierrcrosier Posts: 275Pro
    @johnjohn:  Fun song!  I enjoyed it!
  • rcrosierrcrosier Posts: 275Pro
    @johnjohn:  I get how you could feel that... it is very lightweight sounding, I could hear that, but not so much to be considered "bad"... ;)
  • AlvisAlvis Posts: 57Enrolled, 2.0 PRO
    Incredible stuff. Thanks for sharing! Ken has done what's good for his family and us!
  • vmalheirosvmalheiros Posts: 105Pro
    I didn't know that. That is amazing.
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