Jason Hook

Jason Hook is a Canadian guitarist, record producer, songwriter, and session musician. He is best known as the former[1] lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.

Jason Hook
Hook at the 2016 Reload Festival
Hook at the 2016 Reload Festival
Background information
Birth nameThomas Jason Grinstead
Born (1970-10-03) October 3, 1970 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Musician
  • producer
  • songwriter
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Born in Toronto, Hook started his music career at the age of six in nearby Oakville, Ontario, with private guitar lessons. His early experience in formal music training also included drums, piano, and violin.


Hook spent many years in Canada honing his craft and was eventually signed to Elektra with his band No Love Lost. The band recorded an album with producer Beau Hill in Los Angeles but the disc never saw the light of day. Now, on his own in Los Angeles as a session musician, Hook took a stint in the hard rock band BulletBoys. In 2000, he was hired by pop singer Hilary Duff as the guitarist in her live lineup; he also served as the session guitarist recording tracks for her. Hook also supported Mandy Moore on her 2001 Tour. Hook became a highly coveted session player in the L.A. circuit and went on to tour and record with acts like the Vince Neil Band and Alice Cooper.

In 2007, Hook released his debut instrumental hard rock/metal album Safety Dunce which won best instrumental album of the year from the Los Angeles Music Awards. He recorded his second solo release, American Justice, in 2009, which featured guest appearances from Alice Cooper and members of Five Finger Death Punch (American Justice will see a release in 2021)

In early 2009, it was announced that Hook was joining heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, replacing guitarist Darrell Roberts. On September 22, 2009, Hook and his bandmates released War Is the Answer, which landed them a number 7 debut on the Billboard Top 200 album. Five Finger Death Punch had great success in the following years including 14 number one songs and a total of 12 million albums sold worldwide. Some of the bands more popular hits were written by Hook, including "Inside Out" "Sham-Pain" "Lift Me Up" "Battle Born" "A Little Bit Off" "Wash It All Away" "Coming Down" " Remember Everything" and the song "Back for More" which appeared on the NFL football video game "Madden"

Hook left Five Finger Death Punch in February 2020. His departure was officially announced by the band in October.[1]

He featured on Cory Marks's 2021 single "Blame It on the Double".[2][3]

TV and film appearancesEdit

Hook appeared on the History Channel's Counting Cars on July 9, 2013.

Hook was the featured performer on the 13th season opening of "That Metal Show"

Jan 18th, 2014 Hook also appeared in an episode of My Cat from Hell.[4]

Hook produced and appeared in the documentary film "Hired Gun"
Hook is the sole owner of the Hired Gun franchise (2016).[5]


  • 2001: Monkeyhead
Five Finger Death Punch


  1. ^ a b "Five Finger Death Punch Announce New Guitarist, Confirm Hook is Out". loudwire.com. 2020-10-13. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  2. ^ Parton, Chris (April 30, 2021). "CORY MARKS PUTS THE HAMMER DOWN FOR 'BLAME IT ON THE DOUBLE' COLLAB". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Brooks, Dave (April 30, 2021). "Cory Marks Drops Single With Jason Hook & Theory of a Deadman's Tyler Connolly". Billboard.
  4. ^ July 27, Graham HartmannPublished; 2017. "Watch Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on 'My Cat From Hell'". Loudwire. Retrieved 2020-11-03.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Hired Gun (2016)" (Documentary, Music). Jason Hook, John 5, Kenny Aronoff, Eric Singer, Rob Zombie. Drama Kills Creative. Retrieved 2020-11-03.CS1 maint: others (link)

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