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Jason Hook (born Thomas Jason Grinstead; October 3, 1970) is a Canadian guitarist, record producer, songwriter, and session musician. He is best known as the current lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
Hook at Nova Rock 2017
|Birth name||Thomas Jason Grinstead|
|Born||October 3, 1970|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Biography and careerEdit
Born in Toronto, Hook started his music career at the age of 6 in nearby Oakville, Ontario with private guitar lessons. His early experience in formal music training also included drums, piano and violin.
He 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 (Winger) 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 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. He recorded his second solo release, American Justice, in 2007, which featured guest appearances from Alice Cooper, members of Five Finger Death Punch and Phil Demmel from Machine Head. American Justice is still pending release.
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 chart.
Hook appeared on the History Channel's Counting Cars on July 9, 2013. His motorcycle had broken down on the side of the road and the show's star, Danny "The Count" Koker, happened to come along and helped get Hook's motorcycle running. Hook later appeared in the episode receiving an Ace Frehley tattoo at Koker's tattoo shop.
Hook also appeared in an episode of My Cat from Hell.
- 2001: Monkeyhead
- 2003 : Sophie
- 2007: Safety Dunce
- "Alice Cooper: More NAMM Footage Posted Online". Blabbermouth. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Five Finger Death Punch To Guest On Bruce Dickinson's Radio Show". Blabbermouth. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2010.