Deen Castronovo

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Deen Castronovo
Birth name Deen J. Castronovo
Born (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 53)
Westminster, California, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Drummer, singer
Instruments Drums, vocals, percussions
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Journey, Dr. Mastermind, Wild Dogs, Cacophony, Bad English, Hole, Hardline, Planet Us, Soul SirkUS, G//Z/R, Ozzy Osbourne, Vasco Rossi, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Matthew Ward, Marty Friedman, Revolution Saints, Fear Factory

Deen J. Castronovo (born August 17, 1964) 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.

Castronovo is the former drummer for the band Journey and current for Revolution Saints, performing on Journey albums such 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 Journey hits such 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 (1989).


Deen Castronovo was born in the city of Westminster, California. He discovered the drums at age five and practiced songs from many bands. Deen cites Steve Smith, Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio as his greatest influences. He has released an instructional video entitled "High Performance Drumming".

Deen Castronovo grew up in Keizer, Oregon.[1][2] He attended South Salem High School.[3] He has two children.

Castronovo was arrested on June 14, 2015 and charged with fourth-degree assault and menacing after police say he physically injured a woman. As a result, he was dropped immediately from upcoming Journey performances[4] and ultimately replaced by Omar Hakim on the band's 2015 tour.[5] On June 29, 2015, Castronovo was indicted by a Marion County grand jury on felony charges of rape, assault, sexual abuse, unlawful use of a dangerous weapon, and contempt of court (violation of terms of bail after the June 14 arrest).[6] Deen took a plea bargain instead of going to trial and was sentenced to four years of probation and counselling for domestic violence.[7]

Album appearances[edit]

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

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  • Maximum Security (1987)
  • Premonition (1994)
Marty Friedman
Bad English
Joey Tafolla
Matthew Ward
  • Fortress (1990)
Ozzy Osbourne
Steve Vai
Social Distortion
Rush tribute
  • Working Man – A Tribute to Rush (1996)
James Murphy
  • Convergence (1996)
  • Feeding the Machine (1999)
Vasco Rossi
  • Tracks (2002)
  • Tracks 2 (2009)
The Hitmaker
  • Don't Stop Believin' (featuring Deen Castronovo) (2006)
Soul Sirkus
  • World Play
Paul Rodgers
Revolution Saints
Fear Factory
Jonathan Cain
  • "What God Wants to Hear" (2016)
Wednesday 13
  • "Condolences" (2017) (Guest appearance on "Cruel to You")


  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. 
  3. ^ Rafanelli, Rachael (April 15, 2015). "Journey drummer speaks at S. Albany High". KGW. NBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Journey Drummer Dropped from Upcoming Shows". Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Journey Drummer Booted From Tour". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ Dubois, Steven. "Journey Drummer Arrested". Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "New Fear Factory Album 'Genexus' To Feature Guest Appearance By Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo". May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Steve Smith
Journey drummer
1998 – 2015
Succeeded by
Omar Hakim