Embracing the Salahi, Journey story with 'Open Arms'
September 15th, 2011
01:18 PM ET

Embracing the Salahi, Journey story with 'Open Arms'

We can hear you groaning.

Wednesday was all about the Salahi drama as the former "Real Housewives of D.C." cast members found themselves front and center in the press. It all started when Tareq Salahi claimed that his wife, Michaele, was missing, and said he suspected that she had been abducted.

The pair first came to fame after the "White House gate crashing" incident in 2009 when they dropped in on a state dinner. So it was expected that after news of a "missing" Mrs. Salahi broke, the blog OMG mused "Um, has anyone checked the White House?"

The fun really kicked off after it was revealed that Mrs. Salahi was actually on the road with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and the Web exclaimed a collective "What?!"

Twitter user @Matt_Carlyle tweeted "Looks like Michaele Salahi took the 'Midnight train going anywhere'" while Nancy Toby tweeted that it was the "Best story of 2011."

Another Twitter user, @sportsyack, asked, "Did Michaele Salahi run off with the Phillipino [sic] Neal Schon, or the 'real' Neal Schon?" (Filipino singer Arnel Pineda now sings lead for Journey which was once helmed by lead singer Steve Perry).

And the hits just kept on coming.

We haven't seen this much interest in Journey since "Glee" premiered and sent "Don't Stop Believing" soaring up the charts.  What Journey tune or lyric do you think best describes this story?

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. TexAnne

    Didn't Neal Schon just marry Ava Fabian (former Playboy Playmate) in July??
    Wonder how she feels about his new little honey?

    September 21, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    be careful what you ask for ring a bell mr? you wanted fame too. do you see many celebrities stay married? you got your 15 minutes of fame, she became addicted to pretending a high life and now you lost your wife. although you may not have lost much.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. V. P.

    All this couple knows how to do is lie and apparently they're not even good at that. Please someone advise both of them to get real jobs and get lost.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    REALLLLLLLY disappointed in Neal.....is he that hard up?

    September 18, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robert Alvarez

    Michelle should... BEWARE – she obviously knows nothing of Sharia Law!

    September 17, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. barbara

    I'm so sick of these famous for nothing people. Get jobs and get a real life. Missing? Maybe she's lost in the Whitehouse. We could only hope she's been abducted. What a publicity stunt. shame on both of you.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tendofreak

    She's a ho!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Journey to Hell

    Eww. That's all I have to say about Neal's choice to be with that ugly woman and throwing his wife under the tour bus.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Babak from LA

    People used to get famouos because of something they did, some talent they had, some ability. These days it is all about shock value .... as long as we watch this type of junk, Hollywood will continue to make them .... I never watch and never will.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LB

    they're all retards ! who cares !

    September 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steph

    I just popped my neck. That bit of news is way more interesting than this crap.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greedo

    I'd bang her.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kurt

    I have a picture of Tareq partying in Miami with Michael Lohan last night at about 1am. He doesn't seem too concerned.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Those guys probably were hard at work developing their new "Reality" show. It's going to be called "Drama Dudes". There will be scenes getting their hair cut and manicures, hanging out at the best parties and in general, trying to convince everyone that they are valuable members of society. LOL.

      September 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. superseena

    tareq is such a attention w***e...the media did not need to know your wife was missing...if you really cared....i'm sure you're reading every single post on here and everywhere else google can take you...

    September 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pliny

    A day will come when this woman is old.

    Her bleached hair won't be appealing.

    Her fake boobs and face will have sagged.

    Her enameled teeth will have dulled.

    And she'll just be an old hag, sitting alone.

    Nobody will take her picture.

    She won't be on a reality tv show.

    She'll just be an old hag....sitting alone.

    And when people ask her about her life, she'll tell them what she's done with her life...

    ...they'll have to turn away, because it's not polite to laugh in the face of an old lady.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. payton

    Any Way You Want It

    September 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. erich2112x

    I also like salsa covered fist fcks.

    September 16, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. Doc

    The Salahi's should be begging for attention from behind bars for compromising White House security, along with those who let that happen. These people are a disgrace.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      You are soooo right!! I'm so very disappointed that they did not see any jail time for their White House visit. Sad People.

      September 17, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  19. Joe

    As soon as Schon dumps her, she'll run back to her loser husband and there'll be another round of media coverage we'll all have to suffer through.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  20. SometimesElla

    *cough* Bottom Feeders *cough*

    September 16, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  21. Les

    Freaks, all of them.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nicole

    All the "REAL HOUSEWIVES" are like bed bugs. They keep multiplying, and they're hard to get rid of.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. ceciltc

    OMG! The DC housewives were cancelled, so they had to do something to keep thier name out there in the media. Please!! And what the hell, she had to show up on television giving her views when the Beverly Hills housewives spouse commits suicide?!?! Shes in DC not CA....I hear another show spin off....go away please!

    September 16, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Char

      She and Kate could get together and star in a show called......How To Be the Biggest Piece.......

      September 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jaintn

    Neal Schon needs to raise his standards. A lot. Unless of course, he's into needy whack jobs.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  25. jayman419

    "Dude, I said no more Journey psych-outs!"

    September 16, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. alan

    Journey was a good band for about 5 minutes.

    Stephanie Perry...a girl.
    Ross Valerie...a girl with a weiner.
    Neil Schlong...nuff said.

    September 16, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  27. Porchia

    It is really a desperate publicity stunt for JOURNEY as they are a bunch of washed up has beens and have been since Steve Perry left.
    Neal Schon has short man complex anyway.

    September 16, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  28. Tom

    She should have stayed on the Dr. Drew show...she's addicted to always being in the limelight. Such trashy people!

    September 16, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  29. OhNoooooooooo

    See what you can accomplish when you have no gag reflex.

    September 16, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  30. Chris

    "I'm forever yours...maybe not...faithfully!"

    September 16, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. Richard Fore

    @cogito – what's even more pathetic is you only got 2 inches.... fully erect. too bad you'll die a virgin....

    September 16, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  32. TEd

    Hhhhahahahahaaaa, its not funny but the word 'cuckold' does kinda ring true....

    September 16, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rick

    Think it was the Sopranos finale that sent Don't Stop Believing soaring up the charts.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  34. a911scanner

    Girl can't help it, she needs love
    Hasn't found what she's looking for.....

    September 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Kirby

    Mr. Salahi says, "Send Her My Love". LMAO !!!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dawn

    Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' would be the Journey song of choice for this article. LOL.

    September 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      That was my choice. But my question is, what would HE be doing with HER? Comeon, she follows the money and the parties...for real? So for now, she's on a Journey.

      September 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jeff

    So does this mean Ms. Salahi is "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" another?

    September 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Edna

    I just saw JOURNEY and the only woman with him was his wife Ava Fabian.
    She was standing right next to me watching him play.

    September 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lori

    obviously a publicity stunt..

    September 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. carolyn

    couldn't you put this media form to better use than featuring this twerp? come onnnnnnn

    September 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Steve Perry

    Maybe he hurt her.
    Maybe true love deserted her.
    Maybe Neil Schon still loves her.
    Though they touched and went their separate ways.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Steena

    I think "wheels" best fits this ...she doesn't know where she'll be tommorrow!!!! hahaha

    September 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. mama rachel

    I wanna know what love is ...

    September 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  44. sportysack

    never really liked journey that much. loved the side projects neil schon did with other artists. kinda like guns n roses; coulda been better band with a different singer.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • God (the REAL one)

      I can't believe that anyone took me seriously on that Guns n' Roses joke.

      I would have never guessed that people would ever call that Axl experiment a singer, and I'm God, fer Chrissakes! (and yes, I can blaspheme all I want to, plebes – I'm GOD!)

      September 16, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  45. tom

    Well, for irony Open Arms was not only the rare Journey song not co-written by Neal Schon, but the story goes he hated it at first.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Broken Arms

      I dont blame him for hating that sappy mess. Perry just wanted to take over the band and when Schlong wouldnt have Perry whined then quit like a little girl. Perry is a whiner and needs his buttHumped so he will stop with the crying.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cowboysblowgoats

      It was actually that f ag Jonathn Caine that penned open arms.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  46. GMEN 24/7

    The Salahis have gone their "Separate Ways"

    September 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Amy

    Lyric: "Remember Me"

    September 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. skarrab

    We know Who’s Crying Now, just Ask the Lonely Tareq Salahi whose woman can’t behave Faithfully. She fled into that guitarist’s Open Arms and now they’re Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ each other. Girl Can’t Help It, and neither can he, cuz When You Love a Woman you Don’t Stop Believin’ that you’ll love each other til the Lights go out. I’m sure Tareq will eventually be able to say “I’ll Be Alright Without You” after their Separate Ways...

    September 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mrsleech

    another publicity stunt. These two people make me sick.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Trubb L. Makker

    best part of michaele salahi- her n!pples!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  51. dhandy


    September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Tony

    Did she really leave her husband for a man named Schlong?

    September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. MadCityBabe

    my god – is your life just one big salad?!

    September 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The Måd Råp3r

    Did anyone else read @sportsyack as @sportysack at first?

    September 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  55. arch

    Just saw a photo of this dude in the band! Looks like he's on the edge of falling off. She obviously isn't with the dude for his looks! Sorry soon-to-be (ex) husband. For the band member, he obviously likes her for something other than her looks. I guess he likes items that have been used a lot.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Panty Wearing Fairy

    One must however admit Steve Perry aka Stephanie Perry made a pretty girl

    September 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Observer

    "Any way she wants it, that's the way she needs it"...

    And it is truly pathetic that this liberal has to cuckold her husband in order to stay iin the headlines.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cogito

      What's even more pathetic than these people getting ANY publicity at all, is how conservatard trolls inject their politics into everything...

      September 16, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Naw, what's pathetic is trying to use this story as some sort of sad shot at 'evil liberals.'
      Thank a liberal, they're why you have the rights you do, shmuck.

      September 16, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  58. alecia

    @steve you are 100% correct about Steve Perry being irreplaceable and I forgot about Soto.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jillmarie

    This woman is desperate to be famous. Publicity stunt, much?

    September 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Louie

    This is funny stuff. One more thing to add to her resume.

    September 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. 16 and pregnant mom to be

    Since when does Neil Schon have blonde hair?

    September 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. San Jose

    These people will do ANYthing to get publicity... I guess it works though. *Sigh*

    September 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. alecia

    CNN get it straight! Arnel Pineda did NOT replace Steve Perry. He replaced Steve Auguirre who replaced Steve Perry. There could be 2 songs if this is true. The Party's Over or Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'.

    September 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Steve Augeri did replace Steve Perry in 1998. Jeff Scott Soto replaced Augeri in 2006 & Pineda replaced Soto in 2007. Actually no one ever did or ever will replace Steve Perry in Journey.

      September 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roncobyktel

      (Filipino singer Arnel Pineda now sings lead for Journey which was once helmed by lead singer Steve Perry). It never said he replaced Steve Perry just that he sings for the group once Sung for by Steve Perry, and he was not the first singer for Journey. So CNN did get it straight.

      September 16, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  64. sad

    People will do anything for a chance to be on TV these days...

    September 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      I must say Neil Schon and that guy in the pic make a cute couple.

      September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • nurse

      Isn't this the nut who was saying how much she loved her husband, blah blah blah....what a freak show!

      September 16, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |

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