Dan Johnson (musician)

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Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson.jpg
Background information
Genres Christian rock, heavy metal, hard rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Love and Death, Brian Welch, Red, The Sammus Theory, Back From Ashes, Mo Nasty, UO4, Flaw (band)

Dan Johnson is an American drummer for Korn guitarist Brian Welch[1] and Love and Death, is the touring percussionist for Red and was the drummer for rock metal band Back from Ashes[2] and hard rock band The Sammus Theory.[3]


Dan Johnson performing with Nate Gullickson of Throw Logic and Phoenix rock metal band Back From Ashes at Mayhem Festival 2011 in Arizona
Dan Johnson performing with American rock band Red

UO4, Mo Nasty and The Sammus Theory[edit]

Having grown up in Pennsylvania,[4] Johnson played drums in the band UO4[5] throughout his high school career.[6] After starting his adulthood in Phoenix, his drumming career in Arizona began with local band Mo Nasty,[7] after which time he moved on to The Sammus Theory.[3][8]

Brian "Head" Welch[edit]

In 2009, Brian "Head" Welch, the former guitarist for Korn asked Johnson along with Michael Valentine (bass), Scott Von Heldt (guitar), Ralph Patlan (guitar), and Brian Ruedy(keyboards, programming) to join his up-and-coming musical ensemble.[9]

Back from Ashes[edit]

In 2011, following Pete Hawley's departure from Back from Ashes, the band recruited Johnson to play for the ensemble.[2][10] In February 2012, Back from Ashes hired Bobby Anderson to play percussion on a long-term basis for the band.[11]

Love and Death[edit]

In 2012, it was revealed that Johnson had formed the band Love and Death with Welch and Valentine.[12]


In 2014, Joe Rickard, the drummer for the Christian metal band Red,[13][14] left the group, to join Manafest as a touring drummer[15] so Johnson filled in for him on tours[16][17][18] and performed percussion on Of Beauty and Rage, the fifth studio album from the ensemble.[19][20]

Seasons After[edit]

In late 2015, Johnson performed in multiple shows with American rock band Seasons After.[21]


In 2016 and 2017, Johnson performed in multiple shows with American nu-metal band Flaw.[22]


  1. ^ ""Ex-KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH At Christian Music Festival" Blabbermouth.net, July 31, 2010 Obtained December 20, 2011". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b OverkillWFO on (August 3, 2011). ""'Back From Ashes' Vocalist Jason Hobel and OverkillWFO: Our Conversation" The Monk's House, August 3, 2011 Obtained December 20, 2011". :. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Sammus Theory on PureVolume". Purevolume.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chance meeting leads drummer to ex-Korn guitarist's new band". LancasterOnline. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dan Johnson with Brian "Head" Welch". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Drum Beat: with Dan Johnson from Love And Death - JesusWired.com". JesusWired.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vater Artist // Dan Johnson". Vater.com. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Prowl, Geri (March 5, 2009). "Prowl of the Day - Independent Music Blog: The Sammus Theory - Prowl of the Day for March 6, 2009". Artistofthedaybands.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Ex-KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH At Christian Music Festival CREATION" Blabbermouth.net, July 31, 2010 Obtained January 6, 2011". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ OverkillWFO on (January 13, 2012). ""Back From Ashes '261'- A Review" The Monk's House, January 13, 2012 Obtained January 20, 2012". Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ ""New songs are coming along very nicely! Some serious crushing groove headed your way!!!!!" Back From Ashes Facebook Page Obtained February 3, 2012". Facebook.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Gauntlet News - Brian Head Welch Changes Band Name". Thegauntlet.com. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Jones, Kim (February 1, 2014). "Joe Rickard Says Goodbye To RED : Genres". Music Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ David Stagg (January 27, 2014). "Red's Joe Rickard to step down". HM Magazine. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Joe Rickard on Instagram". Instagram. January 6, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Artists | Page 2". Crushdrum.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dan Johnson – Love and Death/RED". Crushdrum.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Red Tickets & Tour Dates 2015 - Stereoboard". Stereoboard.com. 
  19. ^ "Red Explores Beauty and Rage on New Album - JesusWired.com". JesusWired.com. 
  20. ^ Chad Bowar. "Red Interview". About.com Entertainment. 
  21. ^ "Seasons After, EVERYBODY PANIC! and Saint Diablo at The Crazy Horse Complex 12/12/2015". Side Stage Magazine. 
  22. ^ "Flaw Announce New Drummer". Theprp.com. February 7, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.