John Connolly (musician)

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John Connolly
Connolly performing in 2009
Background information
Born (1968-10-21) October 21, 1968 (age 50)
New Jersey, United States
GenresAlternative metal, heavy metal, nu metal, thrash metal, power metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, drums, bass
Years active1988-present
LabelsWarner Bros., 7 Bros.
Associated actsSevendust, Piece Dogs, Projected

John Connolly (born October 21, 1968 in New Jersey[1]) is an American musician best known as the guitarist of alternative metal band Sevendust. Connolly is known for his fire designed custom made Les Paul guitar designed by Epiphone, but has since switched to Dean Guitars.


Piece Dogs[edit]

In 1988, John Connolly, with vocalist Greg Anderson, guitarist Mike Grimmett and bassist Kyle Sanders started a new band called Piece Dogs in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1992 the band released an LP album titled Exes for Eyes through Energy Records. Connolly was in the band as an original drummer. The band genre was power and thrash metal. Piece Dogs disbanded several months after releasing the album.


In 1994, Connolly joined the American heavy metal band Sevendust as a guitarist, and has since been with the band through all of their studio releases.


In 2012, Connolly formed the American rock supergroup consisting of Connolly on guitar and lead vocals, fellow Sevendust member Vinnie Hornsby, Alter Bridge and Creed drummer Scott Phillips, and former Submersed and current Tremonti guitarist Eric Friedman. The band released their first album Human in June 2012, before falling into inactivity as members returned to their respective bands in late 2012. The band released their second studio album, Ignite My Insanity, on July 21, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Connolly married his wife Lori Kirkley on March 24, 2001. They have a daughter, who was born in 2005. He is the most tattooed member of the Sevendust.


Piece Dogs[edit]

  • Exes for Eyes (1992)





  1. ^ Sevendust Guitarist John Connolly: Bringing Heavy End Of Things. (March 6, 2009). "". Accessed 2010-03-28.

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