Journey replace Deen Castronovo following drummer’s domestic violence arrest

Omar Hakim will fill in for the musician at upcoming live shows

Journey have announced that they will replace drummer Deen Castronovo for their upcoming live dates.

Castronovo was recently arrested on charges of alleged domestic violence, with the US band now writing on Facebook that Omar Hakim, who has previously worked with Madonna, Miles Davis and more, will fill in during their North American tour.

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The statement from the band reads: “We Journey have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band’s Canadian tour (July 6-August 3), due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence.”

Castronovo has been a member of the US band since 1998 and 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 50-year-old drummer has been released on bail after his $20,000 (£12,500) 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.”

Journey formed during 1973 in San Francisco and have released 14 albums since. Their latest, ‘Eclipse’, was issued in 2013.

The band currently consists of two original members: guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory. The group’s most famous vocalist, Steve Perry, joined in 1977 and left in 1998, when he was replaced by Steve Augeri. Augeri was later succeeded by current lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.


The band are most well known for their 1981 single ‘Don’t Stop Believin”, which featured on their seventh studio album ‘Escape’. The track reached Number Nine in the US on its original release, later peaking at Number Six in the UK after a re-release following the song’s use on The Sopranos.