According to JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, drummer Deen Castronovo will share the drum duties in the band with Narada Michael Walden, who joined the band in 2020.
Schon tweeted a photo last Monday from the rehearsal sessions for JOURNEY’s upcoming concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, which will precede the band’s appearance at Lollapalooza. “Ok … Double trouble Chicago @NaradaMWalden @DeenTheDrummer Narada Michael Walden and the return of Deen Castronovo on Drums @AragonBallroom @lollapalooza,” Schon wrote.
Schon answered a few questions about Deen’s JOURNEY status a few days later below a San Francisco Chronicle story that he shared on Facebook. When asked, “So is Deen Castronovo back in the band full time now?” Schon responded, “Yes.” After another fan who told Schon to “bring back Deen again,” Schon wrote, “Deen is back. We are double (2) drummers now with Narada.” He added: “They are BOTH PLAYING !!! JOURNEY AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD US BEFORE !!!!”
Castronovo’s 17-year run with JOURNEY ended in 2015 when he was fired after his arrest for a variety of charges involving his now-wife.
— NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) July 27, 2021