John Haggerty

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John Haggerty
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Background information
Birth name John Haggerty
Born (1960-10-17) October 17, 1960 (age 56)
Origin Chicago
Genres Punk rock, Pop punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1983–present
Labels Quarterstick, Caroline
Associated acts Naked Raygun, Pegboy, Stiff Little Fingers

John Haggerty (born October 17, 1960, Chicago) is an influential Chicago guitarist. A key member of Naked Raygun during their heyday (1983–1989), Haggerty formed the band Pegboy, with brother Joe Haggerty on drums and Steve Saylors (bass) and Larry Damore (vocals) of the Bhopal Stiffs, upon leaving Naked Raygun.[1]


The eldest son of a plumber father and a librarian mother, Haggerty first picked up the guitar at age 16. His early influences included Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and Brian Robertson. Upon discovering the Chicago punk scene at O'Banions, Haggerty quickly began searching for his place in punk rock. His biggest influences were the Buzzcocks, the Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers and the Jam.

John also plays in a band called the Nefarious Fat Cats which features an all star line up including himself and brother Joe, Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, Herb Rosen of Beer Nuts and Rights of the Accused, Mark DeRosa of the band Dummy and Scott Lucas of Local H.

John toured with Stiff Little Fingers in mid-2011 as a substitute for Ian McCallum, who could not make the tour due to illness.[2]

Partial Discography[edit]

Naked Raygun[edit]



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  2. ^ Patterson, Spencer (2011-05-29). "Random Punk Rock Bowling thoughts from Saturday night". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
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  4. ^ DaRonco, Mike. Naked Raygun - All Rise at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Gendron, Bob. Naked Raygun - Jettison at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Gendron, Bob. Naked Raygun - Understand? at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Naked Raygun - Last Of The Demo Hicans at Discogs
  8. ^ Foss, Richard. Pegboy - Strong Reaction at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Gubbins, Teresa (February 6, 1998), Pegboy, The Dallas Morning News, retrieved February 10, 2013 
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (November 8, 1990), Made in Chicago Naked Raygun's 5th, Pegboy's 1st top the good stuff from local talent, Chicago Tribune, retrieved February 10, 2013 
  11. ^ Foss, Richard. Pegboy - Earwig at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  12. ^ Rabid, Jack. Pegboy - Cha Cha Damore at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2013.