John Spiker

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John Spiker
Also known as Charlie Chaplin
Boy Johnny
Genres Rock, country, R&B
Occupation(s) Bassist, Guitarist, vocalist, producer, engineer
Instruments Bass, vocals, guitar, piano, drums
Labels Epic, Sony BMG
Associated acts Big Talk, Tenacious D, Trainwreck, Filter

John Spiker is an American musician primarily known for being the bassist for Tenacious D, and for the Industrial Rock band Filter from 2008 to 2010. He currently plays guitars and keys with Ronnie Vannucci's band Big Talk.


Spiker was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1999. He got his start in music playing the piano and drums at a very young age. He has played guitar since age 12. He played bass and sung in Kyle Gass's side project Trainwreck, after Gass discovered him in Ohio with John Konesky. He also plays with Tenacious D, and has toured with them in North America, Europe and Australia. Spiker played bass on Steve Earle's Washington Square Serenade in 2007, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. In the spring of 2008, John Spiker joined the band Filter. After touring the majority of '08, they returned to Los Angeles to shoot a Live Concert DVD. He played the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals with the D in the Fall of 2008.

John spent most of 2009 in the studio playing as a session bassist and guitarist on: the upcoming Filter album, Jonas Brothers tracks, Steve Earle's Townes, and Soundtracks for "The Runaways", "2012 (film)", "Stepfather" and others.

In 2010, Spiker toured with a few new bands, as well as doing session work as a guitarist, bassist, producer, and engineer. He played "Bonnaroo" with "Tenacious D" and "Wango Tango" with "Justin Gaston" as well as touring with "Trainwreck". Other bands he's playing with are "Abandoned Pools", "Zac Poor", Brooks Wackerman's "Kidneys" and various up and coming acts.

In 2011, Spiker joined Ronnie Vannucci's new band Big Talk. He plays keys, guitar, and sings backup vocals with Big Talk. Spiker spent the beginning of 2011 touring with Disney Channel's Shane Harper. He played guitar and sang backup with Shane. He spent a good part of 2011 recording on the new Tenacious D album. Spiker engineering the album, along with playing bass. Spiker also Produced the new album for Brooks Wackerman's band, Kidneys, for which Spiker plays bass.


Year Programme Band Performance
Television performances
2012 The Daily Show Tenacious D "Deph Starr"
2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Big Talk "Replica"
2008 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tenacious D "Dude I Totally Miss You"
2008 BBC Tenacious D Reading and Leeds Festivals
2008 MTV Germany Filter Rock Am Ring
2006 Saturday Night Live Tenacious D "Kickapoo" and "The Metal"
American Music Awards of 2006 "POD"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)"
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross "POD"
Spike Video Game Awards "The Metal"
2004 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Trainwreck "TV Theme"
2009 Live Concert DVD Filter Bass, Vocals
2008 The Complete Masterworks Part 2 Tenacious D Live Concert & Documentary
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Vocals, Bass, Song Writer Various Songs
2008 MTV & MTV2 Filter MTV News
2006 Making the Video - "POD" Tenacious D Pick of Destiny
2005 Current TV Halloween special Trainwreck Host

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