(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
Back at the beginning of April, Riff Relevant reported on a new project being formed by Red Lamb/ex-Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz and drummer Deen Castronovo (G//Z/R, ex-Journey)…
You can read that earlier reported story here, while we now have new developments to report. The still unnamed (at least not publicly) band has now also been joined by the legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo!
Since the early 1980s, Rudy has been a major player in several well-known, iconic bands, including alongside Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads. He has also been a member of Quiet Riot, DIO, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate’s Queensryche and recently completed a half decade stint with Blue Öyster Cult.
On a recent Talking Bollocks podcast, Spitz commented about this new band and its unidentified singer saying:
“We have a singer; I just can’t say who it is yet. But it’s pretty monumental. It’s killer. And it’s not a project; it’s a band. And, of course, Deen is one of the world’s most incredible drummers walking the planet. You first think of him as [having played in] JOURNEY. Deen’s also a lead singer. He sings three or four of the JOURNEY songs live as he plays [the drums]. He sings the ones that Steve Perry wouldn’t even sing live. He’s quite an incredible singer.
“He’s the lead singer for REVOLUTION SAINTS and just a great guy and a monster, monster, monster drummer. He got his start in SOCIAL DISTORTION, and he’s just a metalhead, really. [He spent] seventeen years in JOURNEY, he played for Ozzy [Osbourne], he played on early Ted Nugent albums. I mean, it goes on, dude. He’s pulling out stuff, and I’m, like, ‘Are you kidding me, dude? I used to sit and just do bong hits and blast my guitar listening to that album. Are you crazy? I didn’t know it was you.’ [Laughs]”
Asked if the vocalist in Spitz’s and Castronovo’s new band has a thrash background, the guitarist said:
“I’m not gonna say anything. ‘Cause what I create is always new. Was [ANTHRAX’s] Joey Belladonna a thrash singer when I found him in a JOURNEY cover band in upstate New York? We can take someone like Joey and get him to sing and fit in. I don’t hold any barriers to anybody.”
So, this thing gets more and more intriguing by the moment… at least for me, it does. As a longtime fan of Dan Spitz (now a born-again Christian and Messianic Jew), who repeatedly cites his faith sustains him, I am eager for this next chapter to unfold. Knowing that he’s now partnered with Castronovo and Sarzo in a band that they label as a “thrash” band has more than piqued my curiosity. We will bring you more details as they become available.