Journey: Interview with drummer Deen Castronovo
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL, USA – July 30, 2011
Way back in 1973 the legendary rock band Journey took form. When their mega-hits and monumental rock ballads started rolling out during the late '70s and into the 80's, their popularity soared. Today's stats show that their worldwide sales have reached nearly 80 million albums sold. That being said, their songs are still played widely on radio each day. Journey is currently touring with bands Foreigner and Night Ranger and they are promoting their latest album Eclipse. While the band's line-up has changed over the years, the current line-up is as strong as ever with newest member lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboards/guitarist Jonathan Cain, and drummer Deen Castronovo.
As the band took stage on this hot July night, Jonathan Cain's intro on keyboards had the crowd up on their feet immediately as they launched into their ever popular staple Separate Ways. With the band since 2007, lead singer Arnel took control of Journey's earlier hit songs that were performed by former lead vocalist Steve Perry and molded them into his style of singing and delivered them more than adequately! Monster songs like Faithfully, Open Arms, Stone in Love, Wheel in the Sky, and Send Her My Love had the crowd singing and dancing to each beat. Journey performed two songs off their latest album called City of Hope and Edge of the Moment. At the conclusion of their ever popular Don't Stop Believing, confetti bombs launched into the crowd making for a spectacular ending. After a brief stage exit, the band returned and performed their encore song Anyway You Want It. Journey has secured their standing as one of the few remaining arena rock bands from three decades ago that can still fill and rock major venues as they had in their heyday. First Midwest Bank Amphitheater was filled to capacity for a night with the headlining band Journey!
Anyway you want it; Journey is one the best rock bands touring this year delivering solid new songs while performing their colossal classic hits.
For more information on Journey's tour schedule and information on their latest album Eclipse visit: www.JourneyMusic.com
Interview with Journey's drummer Deen Castronovo
Unrated Magazine: Thanks Deen for sitting down with us to discuss Journey's latest album Eclipse! What are some of your favorite songs on it?
UM: Over the years Journey has had some awesome ballads like Faithfully and Open Arms. I noticed on Eclipse there really are no typical Journey ballads. Any reason?
UM: Deen, besides drums, to you play any other instruments?
UM: As Journey was looking for a new lead singer, was there pressure for you to become their singer since you have that talent?
UM: Who were you early musical influences?
UM: So, if I had your iPod right now, what bands would I find you are listening to right now?
UM: Have you seen any surprises so far from your audience on this tour?
UM: How long is the Eclipse tour? Also, what are your plans after it?
UM: What is your favorite Journey song to perform as a drummer?
UM: One final question, what is your favorite Journey song?
UM: Thank you Deen for the interview and see you tonight on stage!!