Deen Castronovo

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Deen Castronovo
Born (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 50)
Westminster, California, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, pop rock, heavy metal, neo-classical metal, speed metal, instrumental rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, vocals, percussions
Years active 1982 – present
Associated acts Dr. Mastermind, Wild Dogs, Cacophony, Bad English, Journey, Hole, Hardline, Planet Us, Soul SirkUS, G/Z/R, Ozzy Osbourne, Vasco Rossi, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Matthew Ward

Deen Castronovo (born August 17, 1965 in Westminster, California) is an American drummer and singer who has played in several notable hard rock and metal acts, such as Cacophony, Bad English, Journey, Wild Dogs, Dr. Mastermind, Hardline, Planet Us, Soul Sirkus, Social Distortion, and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler's G/Z/R, as well as in backing bands for Ozzy Osbourne, Vasco Rossi, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers and Matthew Ward. He is the current drummer for the band Journey, performing on such albums as Arrival (2001), Red 13 (2002), Generations (2005) (in which he also provided lead vocals on two songs), Revelation (2008), and Eclipse (2011), as well as providing lead vocals when performing live such hits as "Mother, Father", "Still They Ride", and "Keep on Runnin'" and occasionally "Faithfully".

He also played on the song "Smoke Of The Revolution" on the Neal Schon solo album Late Nite.


Deen Castronovo grew up in Keizer, Oregon, and as of 2012 he was living there.[1][2] He attended South Salem High School. He has 2 children.

Early Development

After brief basic lessons with local drum teachers, Herb Brennan and Jim Tilton, Deen met with Northwest rock drummer, Tommy Suing, who introduced him to the unique style of Neil Peart, of the Canadian band Rush. Suing worked with Castronovo for nearly two years, teaching him the mechanics of Peart's style of playing. Castronovo fell in love with the musicality of Peart's drumming, and it wasn't long before Suing realized that there wasn't much more he could teach him, as he had accelerated at such an incredible pace, it was difficult to keep up with him. Suing was quoted as saying, "It got to the point where all I could do was teach him how to think and be creative. Skill-wise, Deen had become so far advanced, that the student was better than the teacher." The rest is history.

Album appearances[edit]

With Wild Dogs
  • Wild Dogs (1983)
  • Man's Best Friend (1984)
  • Reign Of Terror (1987)
With Dr. Mastermind
  • Dr. Mastermind (1986)
Tony MacAlpine

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  • Maximum Security (1987)
  • Premonition (1994)
With Cacophony
With Marty Friedman
With Bad English
With Joey Tafolla
With Matthew Ward
  • Fortress (1990)
With Hardline
With Ozzy Osbourne
With Steve Vai
With G/Z/R
With Social Distortion
Rush tribute
  • Working Man – A Tribute to Rush (1996)
With James Murphy
  • Convergence (1996)
With Hole
With James Murphy
With Vasco Rossi
With Journey
With The Hitmaker
  • Don't Stop Believin' (featuring Deen Castronovo) (2006)
With Soul Sirkus
  • World Play
With Paul Rodgers


  1. ^ Lynn, Capi (May 6, 2009). "Drummer aims to spark musical journey for kids". Statesman Journal. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Kyle (October 13, 2011). "Journey drummer ready to rock at home". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Steve Smith
Journey drummer
1997 – present
Succeeded by