Journey Reveals Who Will Fill In On Drums

When Journey takes the stage at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Deen Castronovo won’t be behind the drum kit. Following the 50-year-old’s arrest this week for suspected domestic violence, the band announced Omar Hakim will fill in on the next stretch of North American dates.


“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,” the band posted on its website. “We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence.”

Hakim, who has worked with artists ranging from Miles Davis to Madonna, offered his own quote on Facebook.

“As a long time Journey fan, I must say that I’m surprised and overwhelmed by the turn of events of the last couple of days. Deen is an Amazing Drummer and a Super talented Singer, and my deepest prayers are with my brother in Drums! I’ve always loved this bands music from day one and I will do my very best to fill in until everything goes back to normal. I appreciate the kind words from the fans and I look forward to seeing you all out there on the tour! Peace and Love to you All! ~OH”

Castronovo was charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing, according to the Associated Press. He was released on $20,000 bail.

The drummer is due back in court for a plea hearing June 30. He’s not allowed to have contact with the alleged victim until then.