Ex-Journey and Chicago members team up with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus in new band, The Rise Above

Former Journey drummer and backing singer Deen Castronovo and ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff have joined forces with bassist Jay DeMarcus of the superstar country trio Rascal Flatts in a new cross-genre band called The Rise Above.

The star-studded group, which is rounded out by veteran session guitarist Chris Rodriguez and multi-instrumentalist Tom Yankton, will make its live debut on Wednesday, October 28, with a show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. Tickets are available now at MarathonMusicWorks.com.

A glimpse into The Rise Above’s planned set list reveals that the band will be performing well-known songs by Castronovo’s and Scheff’s famous former bands — including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms” and “Any Way You Want It,” and Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” “Stay the Night” and “Will You Still Love Me” — as well as by Rascal Flatts.

The Rise Above also has been working for the last nine months on a debut album that expected to be released in 2021. According to a statement, the band’s goal is “to bring ’80s rock and classic music back to life.”

For more information, visit TheRiseAbove.com.

By Carena Liptak and Matt Friedlander
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