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Danko Jones is a Canadian rock trio from Toronto, Ontario. The band consists of Danko Jones (vocals/guitar)[1], John 'JC' Calabrese (bass guitar) and Rich Knox (drums).

Danko Jones
Danko Jones – Wacken Open Air 2015 01.jpg
Danko Jones at Wacken Open Air 2015
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, garage rock, garage punk, blues rock, blues punk
Years active 1996–present
Labels Bad Taste (Europe)
Members Danko Jones - Vocals/Guitar
John Calabrese - Bass
Rich Knox - Drums
Past members Adam Willard - Drums
Damon Richardson - Drums
Niko Quintal - Drums Gavin Brown - Drums
Michael Cari Cari - Drums
Dan Cornelius - Drums




Formed in 1996,[2] they played consistently for two years in and around the northeastern United States and Canada, opening for The New Bomb Turks, Nashville Pussy, Blonde Redhead, The Make-Up, The Dirtbombs, The Chrome Cranks and The Demolition Doll Rods. Originally they did not even want to release an album, opting instead to have the band's live reputation spread via word of mouth.

Eventually, the trio relented and put out a self-titled six song e.p. on Sonic Unyon records in 1998. In 1999 they released the self-produced My Love Is Bold E.P. and achieved national exposure with the single "Bounce".[3] They were nominated for a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Alternative Album.

In 2001 Bad Taste Records released a compilation of the band's early recordings, demos, and b-sides entitled, I'm Alive and On Fire. A 5-week European tour followed to promote the release including shows at the Roskilde festival in Denmark and Hultsfred festival in Sweden. By the end of the year they had returned 2 more times, most notably as main support for the Backyard Babies.

Danko Jones, vocals/guitar. Live in Rouen, France 2008

2002: Born a LionEdit

In 2002 they released their first full-length album, Born a Lion, produced by Bill Bell, on Bad Taste Records in Europe and on Universal in Canada. The band did several European tours and two Canadian tours to promote the record including a repeat performance at Roskilde and the now legendary return to Hultsfred as well as notable stops to Pukkelpop in Belgium and The Lowlands festival in the Netherlands. They also managed to grab the opening slot with The Rolling Stones on their "40 Licks" World tour kick-off show at the Palais Royale in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 16, 2002.[4]

2003: We Sweat BloodEdit

2003 saw the release of We Sweat Blood, produced by Matt DeMatteo, and the group taking a heavier approach to their hard-rock sound.[5] More touring followed that included Europe and Japan. They were also nominated for two Junos: Best Rock Album (Born a Lion) and Best video ("Lovercall").

While success was happening abroad, home relations with Universal Canada had soured and the band was dropped mid-album run. Explanations from the label were vague, but speculations point to Jones' February 2004 appearance on CBC Sunday where Jones appeared as a pro-downloader opposite then CRIA president, Brian Robertson.[6] Getting dropped from Universal Canada did little to stop the group as they continued to tour heavily for the rest of the year well into 2004 with bands like Turbonegro, Sepultura and The Bronx. While touring they managed to pick up another Juno nomination for Best Rock Album (We Sweat Blood) and tour Australia as well as more European dates including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany and Download, Leeds and Reading in England.

2005–2006: Sleep Is the EnemyEdit

Early 2005 was taken up by recording the follow-up to We Sweat Blood, but not without a series of tours amidst recording that brought the band to the Netherlands, Germany and South Africa. In April, American label, Razor & Tie released We Sweat Blood and the band set out to America in support as well.[7] Working two releases simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic proved quite hard and the worldwide release for the upcoming album, Sleep Is The Enemy, produced by Matt DeMatteo, was pushed back to 2006.

Bass player John Calabrese, live 2008.

During the summer and fall of 2005 the band toured America heavily with two of We Sweat Blood's singles being second most added to active rock radio in America ("Lovercall" and "Forget My Name"). Stateside tours with Flogging Molly, Our Lady Peace, The Supersuckers, and The (International) Noise Conspiracy followed. Prior to the release of Sleep Is The Enemy drummer Damon Richardson left the band, citing fatigue as a reason for leaving. He was replaced by Dan Cornelius.[8]

In January and February 2006, under new Canadian label, Aquarius Records, the band set out to do their first Canadian tour in almost 4 years opening up for Nickelback.[9] With the release of Sleep Is the Enemy came more touring including America and a headlining European club tour with support from Brant Bjork & The Bros.

The summer saw them perform at Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, With Full Force and Wacken Open Air in Germany; Hellfest and Furiafest in France, Metaltown in Sweden, Pinkpop and Lowlands in The Netherlands, Tuska Festival, Ruisrock and Ankkarock in Finland, Gampel in Switzerland and Wireless in the UK among at least a dozen more. In October 2006, a 2 week tour of Norway saw the band play with the former Kyuss front-man, John Garcia who appeared on the song "Invisible" off Sleep Is The Enemy.

2008: Never Too LoudEdit

Their fourth album, Never Too Loud was released on February 27, 2008[10] and produced by Nick Raskulinecz. The album yielded three singles, "Code Of The Road" followed by "Take Me Home" and "King Of Magazines". A major city tour of Europe in April 2008 was followed by a Canadian tour in May and a three month stint in Europe playing almost 30 dates on the festival circuit that included Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and With Full Force in Germany; Bospop and Lowlands in The Netherlands; Sziget Festival in Hungary; Rabarock in Estonia; Provinssi Rock in Finland; and Eurockeennes and Hellfest in France, where Jones got to sing on stage with one of his favorite bands, Death Angel for the song, "Bored". In the fall/winter of 2008 Danko Jones toured England, Germany, France and Benelux opening for Motörhead.

2009: B-SidesEdit

On February 3, 2009 B-Sides was released in Europe only - a collection of previously released b-sides from European singles and unreleased tracks that spanned 1996 to 2008. On February 24 they commenced a 7 week tour in support of the release that spanned The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France and the UK with support coming from The Backyard Babies, Winnebego Deal and The Black Spiders. The CD yielded the singles "Sugar High" and "My Problems (Are Your Problems Now)". A greatest hits compilation titled This Is Danko Jones was released on April 7 the same year in Canada only.[11]

In the summer the band managed a few festival appearances, most notably, the Sziget Festival in Hungary on the main stage with Faith No More and The Offspring, as well as Huntenpop in The Netherlands, Winterthur and Gampel Open Air in Switzerland, Parken Festival in Norway and Jurassic Rock in Finland. In January and February 2010 the band toured across Canada with Guns N' Roses and Sebastian Bach.[12] In March the same year they toured the United States with Clutch.[13]

2010: Below the BeltEdit

Their fifth album Below the Belt was released on May 11, 2010 and produced by Matt DeMatteo. The album's first single, "Full of Regret", features Elijah Wood, Lemmy Kilmister, Selma Blair and Mike Watt in the accompanying video, the first in The Ballad of Danko Jones. It debuted at No. 36 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks in November. It is also featured on EA's NHL 11.[14] soundtrack. The second single, "Had Enough", has Ralph Macchio appearing in the accompanying video while "I Think Bad Thoughts" features Wood, Macchio, Jena Malone and Watt in the final instalment of the music video trilogy.

On June 8, 2011 Danko Jones announced on the band's website that drummer Dan Cornelius was no longer with the band.[15] In the same statement Danko Jones said Atom Willard had joined as a replacement. In a March 2012 question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter Danko Jones said: "Dan's time with the band had run its course but it was completely mutual from both sides. An amicable split." [16]

2012: Rock and Roll Is Black and BlueEdit

In early 2012 Danko Jones revealed the band was working on a new album, posting footage of the writing process on the band's YouTube channel.[17][18] Jones said the album was likely to be out in the European fall.[16]

A 90-minute documentary about the band, entitled Bring on the Mountain, was released in June 2012. The 2-disc DVD also featured a short film based on the band's latest three videos, all their music videos and several live clips.

An oral history book about the band, called Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones is set to be released by ECW Press in October 2012.[19]

The title of the new album was revealed to be Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue, which was released on 21 September 2012 in Europe and 9 October in North America.[20]

It was announced that Danko Jones will hit the road for 2013 Spring tour with Volbeat and Spoken.

2014–2015: Fire MusicEdit

On November 13, 2014, Danko Jones revealed the title of their 7th studio album, Fire Music. The album was the first to feature new drummer Rich Knox, and it was released on February 10, 2015 in Canada.[21]

In July 2015, the band announced a nine-date tour of the UK and Ireland scheduled for September, with support from The Amorettes.[22]

2016–2018: Wild CatEdit

On December 14, 2016, it was revealed that the title of the 8th Danko Jones album would be Wild Cat, and that it will be released on March 3, 2017.[23] The band also announced a 17-date European tour to accompany the release of the album.

2017 saw four more tours: a spring Canadian tour, the usual summer festival tour, an autumn Canadian tour and a winter Nordic tour. On February 1, 2018, it was announced they'd be supporting Skindred on their April UK tour, alongside CKY.[24] In May, they announced another European tour scheduled for November/December.[25]

February 2018-present: Upcoming albumEdit

On February 14, the band announced via Instagram that they were recording new songs at The Farm in Vancouver, with producer Garth Richardson.[26][27] Soon after, a studio tour with the band was uploaded to YouTube, although this was filmed at Hipposonic Studios where the drums[28] and bass[29] were being recorded - the guitars were eventually tracked at The Farm.[30]All parts were recorded on 2" tape due to Danko's preference for a warmer sound over the "processed and flat" qualities of digital methods.

In a Q&A podcast with comedian and co-host Nick Flanagan, Danko answered a fan's question asking for more details about the release of the songs[31] - he revealed that the project was now a full LP. Originally intended as an EP, it was extended due to the band's strong relationship with Richardson and his recording team. The remainder will be recorded in autumn 2018 and is due for release in 2019.[32]

The first single, "We're Crazy", was released on September 21[33], although it's been played live since April.[34]

Gear and equipmentEdit

Danko's main guitars since 2012 have been Gibson SGs. The first was a 2011 Melody Maker in Satin White, bought for $400 when shooting the video for It's A Beautiful Day - it was suggested to use a new guitar for a new album and a music store was found just around the corner.[35] The stock 491T pickup had been swapped for a P-94T[36], although it's unknown if this was done before he bought it.

In 2014, he switched to that year's Standard model in Alpine White, and the Melody Maker was relegated to a backup[37]. In November 2017, just before the Nordic leg of the Wild Cat tour, both were upgraded with Monty's Humdingers bridge pickups (in an Open Zebra finish)[38] and 500k volume pots (which come as stock in the Standard[39] but 300k in the Melody Maker[40]).

Live photos from early 2015 also show he used a black 2012 Standard P-90[41], which has since been retired.[37]

Between 2002-05, he used a cherry Fender Telecaster[42], and from 2006 he used that year's Black Gibson Explorer Standard[43], also with a P-94T swapped in as per his 2011 Melody Maker. On the 2012 fall tour[44], he was spotted using a white Explorer with the neck pickup removed.[45]

Radio, spoken word and columnsEdit

Jones hosted a syndicated radio show called "The Magical World Of Rock"[46] between 2003 and 2006. It was broadcast out of 95.3 Rocket FM in Stockholm (Sweden) and syndicated to Power 97 in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), Pure Rock Radio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada), CT Das Radio in Bochum (Germany) and Radio Tango in Oslo (Norway).

He also released his first spoken word album in 2004 entitled The Magical World Of Rock[47] and completed two spoken word tours that same year, including a show at the Crossing Borders festival in The Hague, Netherlands where he spoke alongside Nick Hornby, Ian Mackaye, Jim White, Michael Franti and Irvine Welsh.

In 2012 Jones resumed doing spoken word in the form of "lectures". He spoke at the Wacken Open Air Festival for 2 days, "lecturing" about the rock band Kiss.

Danko Jones currently has a monthly column for Close-Up Magazine (Sweden), Rock Zone Magazine (Spain) and a weekly column in The Huffington Post. He has also written columns for Rock Hard (Germany), Guitar For The Practicing Musician (Germany), Mute Magazine (Norway), Rockstar Magazine (Switzerland), Lángoló Gitárok (Hungary).[48]

Jones hosts a podcast called "The Official Danko Jones Podcast" often co-hosted by his friend, comedian/singer, Nick Flanagan. Guests on the podcast have included Brendan Canning, Henry Rollins, Damian Abraham, Duff McKagan, Marty Friedman, Chris Jericho, Scott Thompson, Feist, Patrick Pentland, Wade McNeil, Lydia Criss, Harald Oimoen, Jim Breuer, Ron Sexsmith and more.


This list is composed of band members who have played live with the band for a substantial period, and does not include guest performances and one-off substitutes.




Studio albumsEdit

Extended playsEdit



Juno Awards

See alsoEdit


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  28. ^ "The Farm Studios on Instagram: "The last time I did a stereo cow bell was on the first Rage record @danko_jones @richknoxdrums @calabresejohn now it's time to do it on the…"". Instagram.
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