Basic Background Info

Birth: August 17, 1965
Location: Westminster, California
Band: Bad English, Jason Becker, George Bellas, Stef Burns, Cacophony, Steve Fontano, Marty Friedman, Geezer, Matt Guillory, Hardline, Tony Macalpine, Mike Mani, Peter Marrino, James Murphy, Paul Northfield, Ted Nugent, Jimmy O'Shea, Ozzy Osborne, Ricky Phillips, Tony Phillips, Paul Rodgers, Neal Schon, Mark Spiro, Joey Tafolla, Devin Townsend, Steve Vai, Mike Varney, Von Groove, Wild Dogs, Richie Zito
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums, Voice
Occupation: Musician


Deen Castronovo was born on August 17, 1965, in Westminster, California. His supportive mother, Kay Castronovo, was determined to see him succeed and eventually became his manager. Deen Castronovo found early success as his dazzling bass drum flurries made him a sixteen-year-old sensation. While hiis band The Enemy opened for the Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat, Kip Doran, Matt McCourt, and Ja Reynolds from the band Malice come to see Deen play. Castronovo’s intense drumming and vocal abilities blew away Doran, McCourt, and Reynolds.

Deen Castronovo played for the band Malice for a short while and they released a couple demo tapes. Although the band received a record offer by Metal Blade Records, McCourt convinced Deen Castronovo to join the band Wild Dogs. Deen’s mother Kay set up both Wild Dogs and Castronovo for success. She donated $15,000 to her son and his band to buy gear, costumes, staging, lighting, and special effects for live performances. Wild Dogs hit the road and toured all over the country. MTV aired parts of their performance on national cable television.

After touring with Wild Dogs, Deen Castronovo received individual attention for drumming talent. Since Wild Dogs, Deen Castronovo played with artists ranging from James Murphy to Ozzy Osbourne.

Perhaps most of Deen Castronovo’s fame however, came from his tenure with Journey. He joined the band in 1998 and toured, performed, and released albums with them ever since. During a 2004 tour, Deen Castronovo began sharing lead vocals with singer Steve Augeri—first on "Mother Father" and "After The Fall." Castronovo also recorded some vocals on studio albums.

Deen Castronovo also collaborated with singer Julie P., guitarists Max Alviti, and Edoardo Bignozzi on various albums and projects in the last ten years.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1981 Great Gonzos! The Best of Ted Nugent Ted Nugent
1983 Wild Dogs Wild Dogs
1987 Maximum Security Tony MacAlpine
1987 Reign of Terror Wild Dogs
1988 Dragon's Kiss Marty Friedman
1989 Bad English Bad English
1989 Go Off! Cacophony
1989 Varney & Shrapnel Presents Fretboard Frenzy Various Artists
1989 Late Nite Neal Schon
1990 Infra-Blue Joey Tafolla
1991 Backlash Bad English
1992 Time 3 Journey
1992 Double Eclipse Hardline
1992 Von Groove Von Groove
1993 Hendrix Set Paul Rodgers
1994 Premonition Tony MacAlpine
1995 Metallurgy, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1995 Ozzmosis Ozzy Osbourne
1995 Alien Love Secrets Steve Vai
1995 Smoke on the Water: A Tribute Various Artists
1996 Fire Garden Steve Vai
1996 Convergence James Murphy
1996 Working Man Various Artists
1996 White Light, White Heat, White Trash Social Distortion
1997 Black Science GZR
1997 Turn of the Millennium George Bellas
1998 Feeding the Machine James Murphy
1998 Flex-Able Leftovers Steve Vai
1998 Mind over Matter George Bellas
1998 Remember Me Journey
2000 7th Song: Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archive Steve Vai
2002 Red 13 Journey
2002 Anthology Jonathan Cain
2002 Arrival Journey
2003 Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology Steve Vai
2003 Mystery Tracks Archives, Vol. 3 Steve Vai
2003 Tracks Vasco Rossi
2005 Generations Journey
2006 Tony MacAlpine Collection: The Shrapnel Years Tony MacAlpine
2006 Don't Stop Believin' The Hitmaker
2007 Magna Carta Guitar Greats, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2007 World's Best Dad Various Artists


  • Ozzy Osbourne praised Deen Castronovo for his excellent showmanship during concerts. He claimed that Castronovo could "juggle four sticks at once while his feet do the dizzy dance".
  • Deen Castronovo is known for his sense of humor and penchant for jokes. Matt McCourt recalled Deen drawing on the face of a member of the band while he was sleeping and then luring him into a Denny's restaurant.
  • When Matt McCourt saw Castronovo play for the first time, he was startled by this overweight kid (Castronovo) taking up the entire stage playing and singing. McCourt claimed the other members of Deen's band had to sit off-stage because of the size of Deen's kit. Regardless of the first impressions, Castronovo's playing wowed McCourt.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Regal Tip

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