Danko Jones is a Canadian rock trio from Toronto, Ontario. The band consists of Danko Jones (vocals/guitar), John 'JC' Calabrese (bass guitar) and Rich Knox (drums). The band's rock music includes elements of punk and they are known for their humorous lyrics and energetic live shows.
Danko Jones at Wacken Open Air 2015
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Hard rock, garage rock, garage punk, blues rock, blues punk|
|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, 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 intend to release an album, preferring to have the band's live reputation spread by 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 the band performed around Toronto, including at Lee's Palace and the Horseshoe Tavern. That year they released the self-produced My Love Is Bold E.P. and release the single "Bounce". They were nominated for a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Alternative Album.
In early 2000 Danko Jones opened for Beck at Maple Leaf Gardens. 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 five-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 twice more, once as main support for the Backyard Babies.
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 a return to Hultsfred as well as stops to Pukkelpop in Belgium and The Lowlands festival in the Netherlands. They also performed 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.
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. 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 the separation happened after Jones' February 2004 appearance on CBC Sunday where Jones appeared as a pro-downloader opposite then CRIA president, Brian Robertson.
In spite of being dropped from Universal Canada, the group continued to tour heavily for the rest of the year well into 2004 with Turbonegro, Sepultura and The Bronx. While touring they received 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 recording sessions for the follow-up to We Sweat Blood were interspersed with 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. Working two releases simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic proved time consuming, and the worldwide release for the upcoming album, Sleep Is The Enemy, produced by Matt DeMatteo, was pushed back to 2006.
In 2005, Danko Jones signed to Aquarius Records. During the summer and fall of 2005, the band toured America heavily with two of We Sweat Blood's singles being played regularly on 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. He was replaced by Dan Cornelius.
In January and February 2006, the band set out to do their first Canadian tour in almost four years, opening for Nickelback. 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.
That summer they performed 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 and about a dozen other venues. In October 2006, a two week tour of Norway saw the band play with the former Kyuss front-man, John Garcia who appeared on the band's song "Invisible" off Sleep Is The Enemy.
2008: Never Too LoudEdit
Their fourth album, Never Too Loud was released on February 27, 2008 and produced by Nick Raskulinecz. The album yielded three singles, "Code Of The Road" followed by "Take Me Home" and "King Of Magazines". A city tour of Europe in April 2008 was followed by a Canadian tour in May and a three month stint in Europe playing about 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 sang on stage with Death Angel for the song, "Bored". In the fall/winter of 2008 Danko Jones toured England, Germany, France and Benelux opening for Motörhead.
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 set out on a seven 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.
In the summer the band made a few festival appearances, including 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. In March the same year they toured the United States with Clutch.
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 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.
2012: Rock and Roll Is Black and BlueEdit
In early 2012 Danko Jones began working on a new album, and posted footage of the writing process on the band's YouTube channel. 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.
Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue was released on 21 September 2012 in Europe and 9 October in North America.
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.
2016–2018: Wild CatEdit
Danko Jones' eighth album, Wild Cat, was released on March 3, 2017. The band also went on 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 which included a stop in Edmonton, and a winter Nordic tour.
February 2018-present: Upcoming albumEdit
On February 14, the band began recording tracks for an upcoming album at The Farm in Vancouver, with producer Garth Richardson and uploaded a studio tour at [Hipposonic Studios]] with the band to YouTube.
The first single, "We're Crazy", was released on September 21, although it's been played live since April.
Gear and equipmentEdit
Jones' 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. The stock 491T pickup had been swapped for a P-94T.
In 2014, he switched to that year's Standard model in Alpine White, and the Melody Maker was relegated to a backup. Live photos from early 2015 also show he used a black 2012 Standard P-90/
Between 2002-05, he used a cherry Fender Telecaster, and from 2006 he used that year's Black Gibson Explorer Standard, also with a P-94T swapped in as per his 2011 Melody Maker. On the 2012 fall tour, he used a white Explorer with the neck pickup removed.
Radio, spoken word and columnsEdit
Jones hosted a syndicated radio show called "The Magical World Of Rock" 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 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).
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.
- Born a Lion (2002)
- We Sweat Blood (2003)
- Sleep Is the Enemy (2006)
- Never Too Loud (2008)
- Below the Belt (2010)
- Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue (2012)
- Fire Music (2015)
- Wild Cat (2017)
- A Rock Supreme (2019)
- I'm Alive and on Fire (2001)
- B-Sides (2009)
- This Is Danko Jones (2009)
- Garage Rock! - A Collection of Lost Songs from 1996 - 1998 (2014)
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- "Live Reviews: PW Long / Flashing Lights / Don Caballero / The New Meanies / Danko Jones / Tricky Woo March 6, 1999 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON". Chart Attack, review by Vanessa Lewis
- "Live Review: Beck With Danko Jones February 6, 2000 Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON". Chart Attack, review by Chris Burland
- "Danko Jones | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 30: October 2003". Lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
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- Too Much Trouble, ECW Press. Archived August 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- [https://www.allmusic.com/album/rock-and-roll-is-black-and-blue-mw0002416546 "Danko Jones Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue"]. AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
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- "Danko Jones Returns with "We're Crazy" Single". Exclaim!, By Calum Slingerland, Sep 21, 2018
- "Danko Jones Melody Maker SG? Welcher PU ist das?". Musiker-Board.de. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "Concert Review :: Danko Jones w/ Like a Motorcycle @ The Marquee Club (May 2/2015)". Halifax Bloggers. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Bansal, Andrew. "Keeping Up with Jones: Guitarist Danko Jones Talks Kiss, Metallica, Volbeat and Gear". Guitar World. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "Danko Jones is happily uncool". Georgia Straight, by Steve Newton on January 19, 2006