Journey is always on the road to success since they debuted as a band but it seems like the group’s strong bond is about to be challenge as their drummer, Deen Castronovo has been arrested and was charged with raping his wife, in addition to several other charges.
In a report posted in The Huffington Post, the 49-year-old drummer was arrested earlier this month on domestic violence charges in Salem, Oregon and was released on bail.
In addition to this, the site also reported that according to local news site KOIN6, it’s not yet clear if Castronovo’s new charges are somewhat related to the incident that led to his earlier arrest.
The drummer was now charged with an unlawful use of weapons. He was also filed with two counts of menacing, one count of rape in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree, four counts of assault in the fourth degree and one count of assault in the second degree, one count of coercion and one count of criminal mischief in the second degree.
On the other hand, the band currently had a plan to have a tour and since Castronovo is facing his criminal case, the band decided to get Omer Hakim. They announced that Hakim will fill Castronovo’s part on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour dates.
The band released their statement last June 18. They stated that they decided to get Hakim for the band’s U.S concerts in Hollywood Bowl (that was held last Saturday) and this coming July 4 at the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah.
Hakim will also be part of the band’s Canadian tour on July 6-August 3.
The team expressed their gratefulness to Hakim filling in with his musical excellence.
Castronovo who’s been a part of the band Journey since 1998 after replacing former drummer Steve Smith is due in court for plea hearing.
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