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
Genres Alternative metal, heavy metal, nu metal, thrash metal, power metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums, bass
Years active 1988-present
Labels Warner Bros., 7 Bros.
Associated acts Sevendust, Piece Dogs, Projected

John Connolly (born October 21, 1968 in New Jersey[1]) was a drummer for the band Piece Dogs. He then joined Sevendust on guitar and has recorded with the band on all their releases to date. Connolly is known for his fire designed custom made Les Paul guitar designed by Epiphone, but has since switched to Dean Guitars. He is the most tattooed member of the band.

Connolly married with Lori Kirkley on March 24, 2001. They have a daughter born in 2005.

In 2012 Connolly formed the rock supergroup Projected, in which he is guitarist and lead vocalist.


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.


After Piece Dogs, Connolly joined the American heavy metal band Sevendust as a guitarist.


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 the second studio album, Ignite My Insanity, on July 21, 2017.


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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