Danko Jones

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Danko Jones
Danko Jones in 2022. L–R: Danko Jones, Rich Knox and John Calabrese.
Danko Jones in 2022. L–R: Danko Jones, Rich Knox and John Calabrese.
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1996–present
LabelsAquarius, Bad Taste
MembersDanko Jones
John Calabrese
Rich Knox
Past membersAtom Willard
Damon Richardson
Niko Quintal
Gavin Brown
Michael Caricari
Dan Cornelius

Danko Jones is a Canadian hard rock trio from Toronto. The band consists of Danko Jones (vocals/guitar), John "JC" Calabrese (bass), and Rich Knox (drums).[1] The band's music includes elements of hard rock and punk[2] and they are known for their energetic live shows.[3]


Formation and early years[edit]

Formed in 1996 by namesake Danko Jones, Scaltro (John Calabrese) and Gran Sfigato (Michael Caricari).[4] Danko Jones played consistently for two years after formation 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 EP on Sonic Unyon records in 1998. In 1999 the band performed around Toronto, including at Lee's Palace[5] and the Horseshoe Tavern.[6] 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.[7] 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.

Vocalist and guitarist Danko Jones in 2008

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 saw the release of We Sweat Blood, produced by Matt DeMatteo, and the group taking a heavier approach to their hard-rock sound.[8] 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.[9] 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.


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-promoted by their record label and events company ASP Records, who released a collectors double set featuring Born A Lion and We Sweat Blood. 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.

Bassist John Calabrese in 2008

In 2005, Danko Jones signed to Aquarius Records.[10] 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.[11]

In January and February 2006, the band set out to do their first Canadian tour in almost four years, opening for Nickelback.[12] 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.

Their fourth album, Never Too Loud was released on February 27, 2008 and produced by Nick Raskulinecz.[13] The album yielded three singles, the international hit, "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". They opened for Motörhead in England, Germany, France and Benelux in late 2008.[12]

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.[14]

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.[15] In March the same year they toured the United States with Clutch.


Their fifth album Below the Belt was released on May 11, 2010 and produced by Matt DeMatteo.[15] 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' video trilogy. 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.

In June 2011 drummer Dan Cornelius left the band and was replaced by Atom Willard.[1] A 90-minute documentary about the band, Bring on the Mountain, was released in June 2012. The two-disc DVD also included 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, Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones, was to be released by ECW Press in October 2012.[16] Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue was released on September 21, 2012 in Europe and October 9 in North America.[17] They went on a 2013 Spring tour with Volbeat and Spoken.[18]

Fire Music, the band's first album to include drummer Rich Knox, was released on February 10, 2015 in Canada.[19] In July 2015, the band announced a nine-date tour of the UK and Ireland scheduled for September, with support from the Amorettes.[20] More touring followed, including a tour of summer festivals.

Danko Jones' eighth album, Wild Cat, was released on March 3, 2017.[2] 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 and a winter Nordic tour. Danko Jones supported Skindred on their April UK tour, alongside CKY.[21] The band performed in Luxembourg in May that year.[22] "We're Crazy", was released on September 21, 2018, although it's been played live since April.[23] A Rock Supreme, their ninth studio album, was released on April 26, 2019. A European summer festival tour with Volbeat and Baroness followed.[24] In March 2021 the band released "I Want Out", the first single and video from their tenth album, Power Trio, which was released in August 2021.


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.



Studio albums


Juno Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Danko Jones". AllMusic, Biography by Jason Birchmeier
  2. ^ a b "Album Review: Danko Jones – 'Wild Cat'". New Noise Magazine, March 9, 2017
  3. ^ "On their eighth album, Toronto's Danko Jones continue to bring the rock". NOW Toronto, by Benjamin Boles, March 9, 2017
  4. ^ Grant, Kieran (December 16, 1999). "Mr. Entertainment". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Live Reviews: Danko Jones May 8, 1999 Lee's Palace, Toronto"[usurped]. Chart Attack, May 1999, Phil Saunders-Arratia
  6. ^ "Live Reviews: PW Long / Flashing Lights / Don Caballero / The New Meanies / Danko Jones / Tricky Woo March 6, 1999 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON"[usurped]. Chart Attack, review by Vanessa Lewis
  7. ^ "Live Review: Beck With Danko Jones February 6, 2000 Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON"[usurped]. Chart Attack, review by Chris Burland
  8. ^ "Danko Jones | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 30: October 2003". Lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Danko Jones Interview – Melodic Rock Concerts". Melodicrockconcerts.com. January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Danko Jones Finds A Canadian Home". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on December 5, 2005. Retrieved February 12, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "Sweet Danko". NOW Toronto, by Tim Perlich, February 9, 2006
  12. ^ a b "Danko Jones - Wild Cat album review". Louder, By Hannah May Kilroy March 3, 2017
  13. ^ "Danko Jones Never Too Loud". AllMusic. Review by Eduardo Rivadavia
  14. ^ "Danko Jones This Is Danko Jones". Exclaim!, By Keith Carman, April 8, 2009
  15. ^ a b Carmen, Keith (May 6, 2010). "Danko Jones". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  16. ^ Too Much Trouble, ECW Press. Archived August 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Danko Jones Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue". AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
  18. ^ "Volbeat, Danko Jones, Spoken: Winnipeg, Canada – live review". Louder than War, by Chris Hearn, April 8, 2013
  19. ^ Skinner, Andre (February 10, 2015). "Spill Album Review: Danko Jones – Fire Music". The Spill Magazine. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  20. ^ "THE AMORETTES to support DANKO JONES on UK & Ireland tour". Uberrock. July 14, 2015. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  21. ^ "Gig Review: Skindred / CKY / Danko Jones, O2 Academy Manchester (27th April 2018)". Moshville, May 3, 2018
  22. ^ "Live Review: Danko Jones - Esch sur Alzette 2018". Reflections of Darkness, by Elena Arens, May 4, 2018
  23. ^ "Danko Jones Returns with "We're Crazy" Single". Exclaim!, By Calum Slingerland, September 21, 2018
  24. ^ "A Rock Supreme - Out now". Dankojones.com. April 26, 2019. Archived from the original on August 12, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.

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