Terribly, horrible, no-good, very bad news for all Donnaholics. Torry Castellano, the fierce cymbal smashing siren of the all girl rock group The Donnas, has been forced into an early retirement. To quell the flood of concerned questions from their loyal fans, Torry gave a heartfelt explanation on The Donnas official website:
This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I’ve been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.
As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas’ family, which of course includes all of you. I’ve loved all the experiences that we’ve had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can’t play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock ‘n roll.
I’ve had to think about what I’m going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I’ve been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I’ve decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I’ll miss living near the other girls, but I’ll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.
No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donnas’ family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I’ll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic.
We at RBM will be praying to every god we can think of to grant you a speedy recovery, Torry. Your severe intensity with those drums, and your wild headbanging, will be greatly missed.