Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Has Drummer Deen Castronovo Been Fired From Journey?

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Journey have replaced drummer Deen Castronovo for upcoming live dates with drummer Omar Hakim, who has previously worked with Madonna, Miles Davis and others. Last Saturday, June 20, Hakim made his debut with the band at the Hollywood Bowl, and is expected to stay on for shows in July and August.

Castronovo, a member of Journey since 1998, was arrested in Salem, Oregon on Sunday, June 14, after police were called to his home. Sky News reports that the musician has been charged with misdemeanour assault, coercion and menacing (the legal term for threats of physical harm). Castronovo's lawyer, Jeffrey Jones, has denied any wrong doing on the musician's part. The drummer has not commented on his status with Journey.  

Castronovo was released on bail after his $20,000 bail was met. He is not allowed to contact the woman in question in the meantime. A plea hearing has been scheduled for June 30.

Castronovo was also arrested in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. He described the situation at the time as a "misunderstanding", saying: "It was a misunderstanding that should not have been escalated to such a level in the first place."

No word yet on whether Castronovo will return to the band, although speculation is high that he may be dismissed permanently.