Sunday, August 3, 2014
Calfornia Breed - Bonham Out, Joey Castillo In - Bonham: "I wasn't going to be bullied into touring"
Last Friday morning an ominous post showed up upon the official Facebook Page of California Breed - it stated that Joey Castillo would be appearing with the band for all announced dates.
Soon after, the band's website displayed two lineups, one with Joey Castille as the band's 'live' lineup drummer, and a second with Jason Bonham as the group's 'studio' drummer. However, by the end of the day it had unraveled, and it now appears that Bonham is clearly out, and Castillo is the new stickman for California Breed.
This exchange between Julian Lennon and Bonham appeared on Bonham's Facebook:
Julian Lennon: "Sad news about California Breed, bro. :-/" July 22
Jason Bonham: "Lots of biz that Glen decided he could do it for zero dollar and I have to pay bills. I love Glen and Andrew but I wasn't going to be bullied into touring." July 30
On Saturday, Bonham posted this message:
Jason Bonham: "I love those guys but it wasn't going to work for me. I will support them as I love the band I help create and Joey is great. Good luck guys xx JB" August 2
A request for further statement from the California Breed camp has went as yet unanswered, but this story is still very fresh.
Bonham has been on the road with Sammy Hagar, and is rumored to be filling the drum seat for Phil Collins' return to touring this Fall (speculation unconfirmed).
It's every man for himself in these days of no label support and dwindling album sales - it would appear that for a new venture such as California Breed, the highest bidder will win out. Good luck to all, and once again we see a supergroup asunder over the money, and not the music.