Deen Castronovo is one of the greatest living rock and roll drummers. As a session musician for everyone from Steve Vai to Hole, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne during the Ozzmosis era, and longtime member of the legendary band Journey, he’s developed a resume that carries a ton of weight. If you are a musician, it’s both a huge honor and great opportunity when someone with a pedigree like Castronovo says he’d like to work with you.
Well, hopefully, Corey Taylor isn’t too busy for the rest of eternity! When Deen Castronovo was asked about musicians that he’d still like to work with on a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, the Journey drummer responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
“Corey Taylor. I’d love to work with Corey someday. I don’t know if that will ever happen. I’ve met him a few times. He’s the sweetest frickin’ man. And in my opinion, he’s a genius. The books he’s written, the spoken-word stuff. He’s a brilliant artist all around… Even his solo band. I always wanted to be in STONE SOUR. I loved STONE SOUR.
I would love to get hold of Corey and say, ‘Dude, just let me play drums on a record or a song or something,'” he continued. “I’d love to do something with him. Or have him guest sing on a REVOLUTION SAINTS song. He’d be sick — just sick.”
Revolution Saints is a hard rock supergroup fronted by Castronovo, alongside bassist Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
He continues: “[Corey is] a badass. The SLIPKNOT stuff was unbelievable — he’s amazing with that. But I loved what he did with STONE SOUR and his new solo band. I think the guy’s just so well rounded. He’s got a good, solid head on his shoulders. His feet are on the ground. He doesn’t believe the hype. And he’s brilliant, in my opinion — he’s just brilliant.”
The drummer concluded: “So if you’re watching, Corey, or listening, dude, let me play… I’ll pay you — I’ll pay you to [let me] play on a song.”
Castronovo originally joined Journey in 1998. Although he is not the band’s original drummer, he is the longest-serving member to hold that position to date. Following years of substance abuse that culminated in a domestic violence arrest involving his current wife, he was fired from the band in 2015.
He rejoined the Journey in July 2021 and has been performing with the band ever since.