Journey Reunite With Steve Smith, Announce Tour With Doobie Bros

(hennemusic) Former Journey drummer Steve Smith has rejoined the band as they announce the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour with The Doobie Brothers and guest Dave Mason.

Smith played with Journey during their commercial peak from 1978 to 1985, and returned a decade later for a second stint from 1995-98. Through the years, Smith has appeared on several of Journey guitarist Neal Schon's solo albums, including 2012's "The Calling" and 2015's "Vortex."

The news follows the summer 2015 firing of Deen Castronovo after domestic violence charges stemming from a pair of arrests earlier this year in Salem, Oregon.

Castronovo eventually plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of menacing constituting domestic violence, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion. The drummer received a suspended sentence and four years of probation.

The 4-month San Francisco Fest 2016 tour across North American will begin May 12 in Irvine, CA. "It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band," said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. "We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can't wait to share it with the fans!" See the tour dates here.

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