journey rascal flatts arnel pineda cmt awards CMT Awards 2012: Journey's Arnel Pineda is no Steve Perry, but the Rascal Flatts performance was still funAt the 2012 CMT Awards, country super trio Rascal Flatts took the stage with iconic stadium rock group Journey for the end-of-the-night performance. Rascal Flatts kicked off the medley with “Banjo,” which they performed with actor Steve Martin for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards back on April 1.

The “Banjo” performance led into Journey taking the stage – well, Journey with new frontman Arnel Pineda, original bassist Ross Valory and original guitarist/vocalist Neal Schon – for the band’s biggest hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” which Rascal Flatts frontman Gary LeVox joined in on.

The lead singer is no Steve Perry, that’s for darn sure, but Schon can still wail on the electric guitar. We actually would’ve liked if some earlier stuff had been cut a little shorter and they had performed a few more Journey songs – “Separate Ways” has always been our personal favorite.

What did you think of the closing number? We’ll post video just as soon as we have it, in case you missed it.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."