|Birth name||Deen J. Castronovo|
August 17, 1964 |
Westminster, California, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Instruments||Drums, vocals, percussions|
|Associated acts||Journey, Revolution Saints, The Dead Daisies, Bad English, Dr. Mastermind, Wild Dogs, Cacophony, Hole, Hardline, Planet Us, Soul SirkUS, GZR, 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 a 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 GZR, and others.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Wild Dogs (1982 - 1987)
- 2.2 Bad English (1987 - 1991)
- 2.3 Hardline (1991 - 1992)
- 2.4 Ozzy Osbourne (1993 - 1995)
- 2.5 Journey (1998 - 2015)
- 2.6 Soul SirkUS (2004 - 2005)
- 2.7 Revolution Saints (2014 - Present)
- 2.8 The Dead Daisies (2017 - Present)
- 2.9 Gioeli-Castronovo (2017 - Present)
- 2.10 Other Projects
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Deen Castronovo was born in the city of Westminster, California and started drumming at the age of 6. He grew up in Keizer, Oregon., where he attended South Salem High School. Deen cites Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Kiss and Rush as influences. 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 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 and ultimately replaced by Omar Hakim on the band's 2015 tour. 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). Deen took a plea bargain instead of going to trial and was sentenced to four years of probation and counselling for domestic violence.
Castronovo is the former drummer for bands Wild Dogs, Bad English, 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).
Wild Dogs (1982 - 1987)
Wild Dogs is an America rock band from Portland, Oregon formed loosely in 1981 by Jeff Mark, Danny Kurth, Matt McCourt, and Pete Holmes. Drummer Pete Holmes was lured away by Black 'n Blue and was replaced by Jaime St. James. The band had an appearance on a compilation series, but before a full album could be recorded with Shrapnel Records, St. James left the band to also join Black 'n Blue. It was at this point Deen was first discovered by McCourt, who recruited the local, and then only 16-year-old drummer Castronovo to join the band.
Deen played on the self-titled debut album Wild Dogs (1983), the followup Man's Best Friend (1984) and Reign Of Terror (1987). The band was known for its live show, that featured McCourt’s props and Castronovo’s showmanship.
Bad English (1987 - 1991)
While working with Wild Dogs, Deen met and began working with Tony MacAlpine, which led 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.
Hardline (1991 - 1992)
Again working with Neal Schon, Deen played drums and sang backing vocals on Hardline's debut album Double Eclipse. The album's first single "Takin' Me Down" peaked at No. 37 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album's second single, a cover of the Danny Spanos song "Hot Cherie," rose to No. 25 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Ozzy Osbourne (1993 - 1995)
Deen appeared on the 1995 release Ozzmosis, the seventh solo studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. Deen also toured with Ozzy on a portion of the 1995 leg of the Retirement Sucks Tour.
Journey (1998 - 2015)
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.
Soul SirkUS (2004 - 2005)
After the Planet Us project did not produce an album, Neal Schon was determined to see the material he had written come to life. At the 2004 annual NAMM Show in Los Angeles, Schon met up with Jeff Scott Soto and tested the waters with a jam session. While in Los Angeles, Schon also attended a showcase featuring Marco Mendoza. Inviting Soto, Mendoza and Deen Castronovo to join him, the new band, Soul SirkUS, began rehearsing and eventually recorded 11 songs for their debut album, World Play. Although all the foundation tracks on the album were originally written for Planet Us, only one completed song from that band was used for Soul SirkUS debut.
In early 2005, with a completed album titled World Play (the "black sleeve" version) the band was ready to tour, but Castronovo fell ill due to extreme exhaustion. Soon after, Castronovo bowed out of Soul SirkUS based on his doctor's recommendation and was replaced by Australian drummer Virgil Donati.
Ultimate there were 3 editions of the album. The Black Sleeve version was the original with Deen drumming, the Green Sleeve version was an American edition remastered, the Yellow Sleeve had two versions: a European edition of remaster that included a bonus DVD, and a Japanese edition of the remaster included a bonus track. The Black Sleeve version is the only one with Deen.
Revolution Saints (2014 - Present)
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. The album was ranked #8 on Dr. Music's 2017 "Album of the Year" list.
The Dead Daisies (2017 - Present)
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, 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. The new album, "Burn it Down," was released April 6, 2018 in multiple formats including: CD, colored vinyl, picture disk vinyl and digital download. The band began a 26-date UK and European tour April 8, 2018 in Glasgow, UK.
Gioeli-Castronovo (2017 - Present)
Johnny Gioeli and Deen Castronovo first played together on the debut Hardline album, “Double Eclipse”, which was released in 1992. 25 years later, the two were reunited in Italy to commence work on the debut Gioeli-Castronovo album, “Set The World On Fire”, available July 13, 2018. Both men have continued on their musical paths since they last saw one another, with Gioeli continuing to lead Hardline, while Castronovo spent time with various bands.
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 has played in Cacophony, Dr. Mastermind, Planet Us (a short-lived supergroup with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Neal Schon), 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 recording Ozzmosis 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.
- Wild Dogs
- Wild Dogs (1983)
- Man's Best Friend (1984)
- Reign of Terror (1987)
- Bad English
- Revolution Saints
- Revolution Saints
- Light in the Dark (2017)
- The Dead Daisies
- Burn It Down (2018)
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Ozzmosis (1995)
- Steve Vai
- Paul Rodgers
- Double Eclipse (1992)
- Celebrity Skin (1998) (uncredited)
- Social Distortion
- Dr. Mastermind
- Dr. Mastermind (1986)
- Tony MacAlpine
- Maximum Security (1987)
- Premonition (1994)
- Go Off! (1988)
- Marty Friedman
- Dragon's Kiss (1988)
- Joey Tafolla
- Infra-blue (1990)
- Matthew Ward
- Fortress (1990)
- "Frederiksen/Phillips" (1995)
- 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 (Black Sleeve version)
- Fear Factory
- Jonathan Cain
- "What God Wants to Hear" (2016)
- Wednesday 13
- "Condolences" (2017) (Guest appearance on "Cruel to You")
- Lynn, Capi (May 6, 2009). "Drummer aims to spark musical journey for kids". Statesman Journal.
- O'Brien, Kyle (October 13, 2011). "Journey drummer ready to rock at home". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
- Rafanelli, Rachael (April 15, 2015). "Journey drummer speaks at S. Albany High". KGW. NBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
- Dean, Mark (September 20, 2017). "Interview: Deen Castronovo of REVOLUTION SAINTS". AntiHero Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
- "Journey Drummer Dropped from Upcoming Shows". statesmanjournal.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Journey Drummer Booted From Tour". inquisitr.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- Dubois, Steven. "Journey Drummer Arrested". registerguard.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- Christopher Brennan (October 13, 2015). "Drummer for rock band Journey given probation after pleading guilty to domestic violence". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- Colothan, Scott (November 4, 2017). "Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo joins The Dead Daisies". Planet Rock. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
- "New Fear Factory Album 'Genexus' To Feature Guest Appearance By Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo". Blabbermouth.net. May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
- Interview with Deen Castronovo July 30, 2011 UnRated Magazine
- REVOLUTION SAINTS Feat. DEEN CASTRONOVO, DOUG ALDRICH, JACK BLADES: 'Freedom' Video August 18, 2017 BLABBERMOUTH.NET
- Deen Castronovo The Dead Daisies
- Former Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Gets Back To Music: Exclusive Interview December 15, 2017 Ultimate Classic Rock
- Deen Castronovo on ‘Freedom’ and Revolution Saints! December 9, 2017 Music Matters Magazine
- Journey's drummer Deen Castronovo helps re-build Oregon school CBSNews.com
- Neal Schon Delivers "Journey Through Time" iHeartRADIO
- Neal Schon Goes Deep Into His Past at Solo Benefit Show Ultimate Classic Rock