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
Labels Frontiers Records
Associated acts Journey, Revolution Saints, The Dead Daisies, Bad English, Dr. Mastermind, Wild Dogs, Cacophony, Hole, Hardline, Planet Us, Soul SirkUS, G//Z/R, Ozzy Osbourne, Vasco Rossi, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Matthew Ward, Marty Friedman, Fear Factory

Deen J. Castronovo (born August 17, 1964) is an accomplished American drummer and singer, best known for being member of hard rock and metal acts Journey, Bad English, Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. He also has been a touring and studio member for Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler's G/Z/R and others.

Personal life[edit]

Deen Castronovo was born in the city of Westminster, California and started drumming at the age of 6. He grew up in Keizer, Oregon.,[1][2] where he attended South Salem High School.[3] Deen cites Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Kiss and Rush as influences.[4] Deen met his first wife, Julie, in 2003 and was married in 2004. After they separated, he reconnected with Deidra in 2008, whom he had known since 1982, and became engaged in 2013. He has two children.


Castronovo is the former drummer for the band Journey and is the current drummer for Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. He performed 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).

Bad English (1987 - 1991)[edit]

While working with Wild Dogs, Deen met and began working with Tony MacAlpine, which lead to an introduction to future long-time collaboration partner, Neal Schon. Shortly after, Neal would invite Deen to audition for a new band with Jonathan Cain, John Waite and Ricky Phillips, which became Bad English. After two albums, which included being nominated for Best New Group in 1989 at the International Rock Awards, Bad English disbanded in 1991. In 1995 a Greatest Hits was released.

Journey (1998 - 2015)[edit]

Journey, Live in Minneapolis, MN on September 16, 2008

Deen continued to be in various bands along with Schon, from Hardline to Paul Rodgers. After a 3-year stint with Vasco Rossi, he joined Journey, where he would spend the next 18 years and 5 albums as the lead drummer and an occasional lead vocalist. While not the original drummer for Journey, Deen has served as their drummer longer than anyone else to date and was a fan favorite.

Journeys documentary, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013), which was filmed during this time, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Revolution Saints (2014 - Present)[edit]

While still with Journey, Deen, Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades), and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, The Dead Daisies) formed Revolution Saints. The band, where Deen served as lead vocalist and handled drumming duties, released its self-titled debut album on February 24, 2015. A followup album, Light in the Dark, was released on October 13, 2017.[4] The album was ranked #8 on Dr. Music's 2017 "Album of the Year" list.[5]

The Dead Daisies (2017 - Present)[edit]

The Dead Daisies in 2017

On November 4, 2017, it was announced that Deen would become the new drummer for The Dead Daisies, replacing Brian Tichy. Deen and the band almost immediately began song writing and hit the studio,[6] again with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry), to record a follow-up to the successful Make Some Noise (2016) album and Live & Louder (2017) release. A new album, "Burn it Down," is slated to be released April 6, 2018 in multiple formats including: CD, colored vinyl, picture disk vinyl and digital download.[7] The band will begin a 26-date UK and European tour beginning April 8, 2018 in Glasgow, UK.[8]

Other Projects[edit]

Deen’s first big gig came at the age of 16 with a band called The Enemy, who opened up for bands like Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat. He was first discovered by Wild Dogs, whom were signed to Shrapnel Records. He has played in Cacophony, Dr. Mastermind, Hardline, Planet Us (a short-lived supergroup with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Neal Schon), Soul Sirkus, Social Distortion, and GZR (formed by Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler), as well as in backing bands for Vasco Rossi, Paul Rodgers, and Matthew Ward.

After working with Paul Rodgers, he began doing session work with Steve Vai, whom with he made two albums. Steve later called for him to audition for Ozzy Osbourne, which resulted in him recordingOzzmosis and doing a South American Tour with Ozzy. After Ozzy, he began doing session work for producer Michael Beinhorn, recording with Social Distortion, Geezer Butler’s solo project and Hole.

He has released an instructional video entitled "High Performance Drumming" in 1991, and has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Salem.


Bad English
Revolution Saints
Ozzy Osbourne
Steve Vai
Paul Rodgers
Wild Dogs
  • Wild Dogs (1983)
  • Man's Best Friend (1984)
  • Reign Of Terror (1987)
Social Distortion
Dr. Mastermind
  • Dr. Mastermind (1986)
Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine main article

  • Maximum Security (1987)
  • Premonition (1994)
Marty Friedman
Joey Tafolla
Matthew Ward
  • Fortress (1990)
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
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. ^ a b Dean, Mark (September 20, 2017). "Interview: Deen Castronovo of REVOLUTION SAINTS". AntiHero Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
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  6. ^ Colothan, Scott (November 4, 2017). "Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo joins The Dead Daisies". Planet Rock. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
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  9. ^ "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