There’s just never a dull moment when you’re a member of erstwhile arena rockers Journey.
Last week, news broke that guitarist Neil Schon was being served with a (pretty absurd-sounding) $50 million lawsuit by his girlfriend’s estranged husband who claimed he lost potential millions when his reality TV star wife ran away with the rocker.
Now, word surfaces that Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has agreed to complete 80 hours of community service as a result of an alleged assault case from about a month ago.
As Ultimate Classic Rock notes, this stems from an incident last month when Castronovo was arrested after a neighbor called the police to report a man and woman fighting. The couple in question turned out to be Castrovono and an ex-girlfriend.
After the incident, which apparently went down in Oregon, the Journey sticksman was charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and interfering with making a police report.
On January 31, he pled not guilty to the four charges, all of which are misdemeanors, in Polk County Circuit Court. In addition to the community service, he is also required to attend anger management classes as part of a diversion agreement.
You know, maybe this is the universe’s way of telling the once-great band – who penned such classics as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Who’s Crying Now?” – that it’s curtains.
Consistently persuasive arguments for such a move have been made since the departure of original singer Steve Perry but this kind of tabloid stuff just doesn’t wear well with the rock and roll cognoscenti.
On the flip side, the exploits of the guys in Journey (Journey for Pete’s sake!) make Metallica and U2 seem positively tedious by comparison. On that count, maybe we should be saying ‘keep on keeping on.’ Just make sure to play the hits and keep those unintentionally hilarious, grindingly awful videos coming!