Manila native and JOURNEY lead singer Arnel Pineda announced today that he, JOURNEY and their team — promoter Live Nation Entertainment; Creative Artists Agency (CAA); and manager John Baruck — are donating more than $350,000 to provide emergency food relief to people impacted by the recent super typhoon in the Philippines. These initial funds will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provide Filipinos in urgent need of food assistance with more than 1.4 million meals.
"Don't stop believing, help is on the way for the people of the Philippines," said Arnel Pineda, who is leading the efforts to mobilize the coalition of partners. Pineda, based in Manila, plans to meet with World Food Programme's executive director Ertharin Cousin Saturday at WFP's Philippines headquarters in Manila to announce the donation.
The largest storm to ever make landfall, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused catastrophic damage, with more than 615,000 people displaced. When disaster strikes and hours can mean the difference between life and death, the UN World Food Programme is among the first on the ground to provide life-saving assistance.
Former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry has revealed via his Fan Asylum web site that he had a mole removed from his face three weeks ago that turned out to be cancerous. "I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required," Perry said.
In the lengthy blog post, Perry also revealed that he recently became involved in a relationship with a woman who ended up succumbing to cancer. Perry wrote that he fell for psychologist and breast cancer survivor Kellie Nash after seeing her in a cancer TV special and deciding that he simply had to meet her. They ended up dating for a year and a half before Nash's cancer came back and she died in December 2012.
Perry last September signed an exclusive publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), for the world outside of the U.S. and Canada,. The dea lincludes all songs written or co-written by Steve Perry throughout his career, including as lead singer ofJOURNEY and his solo work.