Journey hire stand-in for Castronovo


Journey have hired a stand-in drummer to cover for Deen Castronovo after his arrest at the weekend.

He’s facing assault charges after an incident in Oregon on Sunday morning.

Omar Hakim – who’s previously worked with Dire Straits, Kate Bush, Sting, Weather Report and others – will be behind the kit for two US shows and a Canadian tour.

Journey say: “We have made the decision to have Omar play, due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar for filling in with his musical excellence.”

Hakim adds: “As a longtime Journey fan, I must say I’m surprised and overwhelmed by the last couple of days. Deen is an amazing drummer and a super-talented singer and my deepest prayers are with my brother. I will do my very best to fill in until everything goes back to normal.”

Castronovo’s side-project Revolution Saints launched their debut album in February. Journey guitarist Neal Schon releases solo title Vortex on June 22.

Journey dates with Hakim

Jun 20: Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, CA

Jul 04: Provo Stadium Of Fire, UT

Jul 06: Winnipeg MTS Centre, MB

Jul 08: Calgary Fort Calgary, AB

Jul 10: Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre, BC

Jul 11: Vancouver Rogers Arena, BC

Jul 13: Victoria Save On Foods Memorial Coliseum, BC

Jul 15: Prince George CN Centre, BC

Jul 16: Dawson Creek Encana Events Center, BC

Jul 18: Edmonton Northlands Rexall Place, AB

Jul 19: Lethbridge Enmax Centre, AB

Jul 21: Regina Brandt Centre, SK

Jul 22: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK

Jul 25: Hamilton First Ontario Centre, ON

Jul 26: Kingston Rogers K-Rock Centre, ON

Jul 28: Montreal Centre Bell, QB

Jul 30: Moncton Coliseum, NB

Jul 31: Dartmouth Alderney Landing Events Plaza, NS

Aug 02: St Johns Mile One Centre, NL

Aug 03: St Johns Mile One Centre, NL