Ousted Journey drummer Deen Castronovo is back in the band, according to a Facebook post by Neal Schon. Castronovo was canned by the band back in 2015, following a string of very public arrests stemming from charges of alleged domestic abuse against his then-fiancee Deidra, as well as admitted drug problems.
Upon his dismissal, he was replaced on the band’s summer tour at the 11th hour by former Sting drummer and studio ace Omar Hakim. Following that, Journey’s classic-era drummer, Steve Smith was back on the drum stool. Smith was replaced last year by Narada Michael Walden.
Now, thanks to Neal Schon’s post responding to fan comments on his Facebook page, it’s been confirmed that the now-sober drummer has returned, with the guitarist writing, “Deen is back. We are double (2) drummers now with Narada.” He also posted a shot of the band’s stage set up with two drum kits at for band’s Thursday night (July 29th) show at Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.
In addition to Castronovo, Journey’s latest lineup features co-founder Neal Schon, longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain, frontman Arnel Pineda — and rounded out by returning bassist Randy Jackson, and drummer Narada Michael Walden.