Deen Castronovo Of Journey
Deen J. Castronovo was born August 17, 1964 and is an accomplished drummer and singer, best known for being a member of Journey, Bad English, Wild Dogs, Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. He also has been a touring and studio member for Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Paul Rodgers and Black Sabbath’s bassist Geezer Butler’s GZR. While working with Wild Dogs, Deen met and began working with Tony MacAlpine, which lead to an introduction to future long-time collaboration partner, Neal Schon.
Shortly after, Neal would invite Deen to audition for a new band with Jonathan Cain, John Waite and Ricky Phillips, which became Bad English. After two albums, which included being nominated for Best New Group in 1989 at the International Rock Awards, Bad English disbanded in 1991. In 1995 a Greatest Hits was released.
Deen continued to be in various bands along with Schon, from Hardline to Paul Rodgers. After a 3-year stint with Vasco Rossi, he joined Journey, where he would spend the next 18 years and 5 albums as the lead drummer and an occasional lead vocalist. While not the original drummer for Journey, Deen has served as their drummer longer than anyone else to date and was a fan favorite.
While still with Journey, Deen, Jack Blades, and Doug Aldrich formed Revolution Saints. The band, where Deen served as lead vocalist and handled drumming duties, released its self-titled debut album in 2015 and a followup in 2017.
In late 2017 Deen became the new drummer for The Dead Daisies. Deen and the band almost immediately began song writing and hit the studio, again with legendary producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry), to record the 2018 album Burn it Down.
John Elefante Formerly Of Kansas
John Elefante’s name will surely be familiar to fans of one of classic rock’s leading bands, Kansas. After all, Elefante was the first singer/keyboardist to replace Steve Walsh in the band, a post he occupied from 1981 through 1985, which resulted in such popular albums as 1982’s ‘Vinyl Confessions’ and 1983’s ‘Drastic Measures’ (not to mention the hit single, “Play the Game Tonight”). John and Dino Elefante wrote the highest charting rock single in Kansas history “Fight Fire With Fire”. And now, Elefante is back with his latest release with his solo outfit, John Elefante and Mastedon, titled ‘Revolution of Mind.’ “I think there are shades of Kansas in just about everything I write,” explains Elefante. “I’m a tenor singer like Steve Walsh, I like a lot of mood changes in songs, although sometimes I get in the mood to just write a straight pop song from head to toe. Like in all great Kansas records, there are a lot of twists and turns and things you don’t expect musically, that keeps the listener surprised. And at the same time, excited.”
John Payne Of ASIA
John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”. ASIA Featuring John Payne have been touring in North America since 2008.
Buck Dharma Of Blue Oyster Cult
Buck Dharma’s guitar playing is the signature sound of Blue Öyster Cult. One of the greatest guitarists of our time, Buck is the driving sonic force of Blue Öyster Cult, and continues to push his playing in new uncharted directions. A master from the beginning, he plays with an ease and grace that puts most players to shame. An extremely expressive player, Buck doesn’t let any note go to waste. Each has something to say, if you’re willing to listen.
Buck’s talents don’t stop at the humbucking pickups, either. Buck is a gifted songwriter and excellent singer. His smooth vocal style has graced the Dharma-penned hits “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Burnin’ For You”. His voice contrasts and complements the sharper-edged style of lead vocalist Eric Bloom.
Buck’s songwriting juxtaposes alluring chord progressions, melodic textures and fascinating lyrical ideas with the best parts of pop music, to create songs that are definitively “Buck.”
Kelly Keagy Of Night Ranger
Kelly Keagy started out his career as a drummer, but over the years he has gained experience in many aspects of the music business. This experience includes having hits as a songwriter both singularly as well with others.
The day after Kelly graduated High School, he packed his bags and left home to pursue being a full time drummer. After years of playing the club circuit, he became the drummer for the San Francisco band Rubicon. Along with fellow members Brad Gillis and Jack Blades, he formed the band Night Ranger in the early 80s.
After cutting their teeth on local gigs in San Francisco, promoter Bill Graham booked Night Ranger as the opening act for such bands as Judas Priest, Santana, and the Doobie Brothers. They became one of the most popular mainstream hard rock bands of the mid 1980s. Night Rangers first album Dawn Patrol (1982), reached number 38 on the U.S. charts, yet it was 1983s Midnight Madness that established the band as a commercial force. Featuring the hits (You Can Still) Rock in America and Sister Christian, the record peaked at number 15 and sold over 1 million copies. 1985s 7 Wishes was even more successful, reaching number 10 on the charts. The band reformed in the mid-90s and have since released 4 more albums.
In 2001, Kelly took a turn down the solo album trail. Time Passes sees Kelly handling drums and vocals. Kelly, however, is no ordinary drummer. He’s a lead vocalist who has been singing lead since that first Night Ranger record. Sonically, the album speaks volumes but the lyrics speak louder. There is something for everyone: from hard rocking tunes to AOR tinged ballads.
To date, Kelly and his Night Ranger bandmates have just finished the new studio album Hole in the Sun and a live album recorded in Japan. And Kelly has just released his second solo work, I’m Alive.
Fee Waybill Of The Tubes
Fee Waybill, along with the Tubes, appeared in Robert Greenwald‘s Xanadu (1980), and Lou Adler‘s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982). In the latter film, he played the character Lou Corpse, the washed-up frontman of a band called The Metal Corpses. In 1984, a year after The Tubes released one of their most successful albums, Waybill released his first solo album called Read My Lips. In 1996, Waybill released another album called Don’t Be Scared By These Hands.
During the early 1980s, Waybill appeared as himself on a short-lived television program called Rock-N-America, usually performing as a street reporter who annoyed pedestrians with nonsensical interviews. He also made a cameo in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as one of “The Three Most Important People In the World”, and in one of the “Fishin’ Musician” skits on Second City TV.