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18 Jun

Journey Taps Omar Hakim For Upcoming Tour

The following was posted on Journey's Facebook page on June 18th:

We Journey have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band's Canadian tour (July 6 – August 3), due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence.

Omar Hakim issued this statement:
As a long time Journey fan, I must say that I'm surprised and overwhelmed by the turn of events of the last couple of days. Deen is an amazing drummer and a super talented singer, and my deepest prayers are with my brother in drums! I've always loved this bands music from day one and I will do my very best to fill in until everything goes back to normal. I appreciate the kind words from the fans and I look forward to seeing you all out there on the tour! Peace and Love to you all! ~OH

Via 98.7 The Gater radio station
Neal Speaking about Journey's June 20 performance at the opening of the 2015 Hollywood Bowl season with Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which marked drummer Omar Hakim's first appearance with the band, Schon said: "I don't think we would have had to rehearse that much, but I had to replace our drummer [Deen Castronovo] at the last minute. [Omar] hit the ground running and then some. You know, I can't believe that he played as well as he did, because he didn't really know the material, and he had to count everything off for the orchestra. I mean, he is one unbelievable musician. That's all I can say. I'm really glad that I chose him and had him come in, because it just came off. And that was his first show and there was a lot of pressure, because, you know, all the orchestration was written around live versions that we did of the songs that were not album versions. And so I couldn't go to him, 'Well, just listen to the album, and that's what it is.' No. There's all these different endings and added bits and pieces that the orchestra wrote… When the writer, Sean, came in and wrote everything for the orchestra, he did it to some live recordings that we just recorded while we were in Vegas for the nine shows." 

The Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl benefit concert raised a record-high $1.6 million for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's many education and community programs, which serve more than 150,000 youth, families and teachers every year.

More details will follow as soon as they're available.