John Moyer

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John Moyer
John Moyer, Disturbed.jpg
John Moyer performing with Disturbed at Mayhem Festival 2011
Background information
Birth name John Robert Moyer
Born (1973-11-30) November 30, 1973 (age 42)
El Paso, Texas, United States
Genres Alternative metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Reprise, Sire, Columbia, Elm City Music
Associated acts Disturbed, Union Underground, Dev Electric, Adrenaline Mob, Operation: Mindcrime, The Foundry, Art of Anarchy
Notable instruments
Music Man Stingray
B.C. Rich Havoc

John Moyer (born November 30, 1973) is an American musician, best known as the current bassist and back-up vocalist for the heavy metal band Disturbed. Taking over in 2004 after Steve "Fuzz" Kmak was fired, Moyer has played bass-guitar with the group since their third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists. Moyer was also the bassist for the American supergroup Adrenaline Mob, joining in February 2012, and remained with the band until August 2014. He currently plays in Art of Anarchy, and in 2015 he became a full time member of the band Operation: Mindcrime.


Moyer was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, United States, and graduated from Coronado High School. Moyer was formerly part of the Texas hard rock act The Union Underground. Prior to his stint in The Union Underground, he was the bassist of the popular band Soak, also hailing from Texas. He is the owner and teaches at Natural Ear Music in Austin, Texas, where he works with a lot of young bands. Moyer works in partnership with Silver Tongue Management.

While he is still capable of playing finger-style, Moyer prefers picking because it has a more aggressive feeling.

On February 8, 2012, it was announced that Moyer joined the supergroup Adrenaline Mob while Disturbed is on hiatus.

On April 19, 2013, Moyer was announced to be filling in for Rudy Sarzo on bass for five tour dates in Geoff Tate's lineup formed after his dismissal from Queensrÿche.[1]

On May 14, 2014, Moyer was involved in a tour bus accident while on tour with Adrenaline Mob supporting Avenged Sevenfold. No serious injuries were sustained by any of the band-members.[2]

On August 4, 2014, Moyer announced that he would not be joining Adrenaline Mob for their upcoming fall tours. As a result, the band began looking for a new bassist, thus ending Moyer's tenure with the band.[3]

In January 2015, Moyer formed a new band with Scott Weiland, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, twins Jon and Vince Votta entitled Art of Anarchy, with an album set to release in Spring 2015.[4]


Moyer performing with American rock band Heaven Below

Moyer had a custom line with Traben bass company. He and the company produced his signature Traben Havoc. He also has custom amps with Kustom featuring his own design printed on the front resembling a skull engulfed in flames.[5]

Recently, Moyer has signed an endorsement deal with BC Rich Guitars, who now manufacture Moyer's signature Havoc bass. They can do this because they are owned by the same holding company as Traben.

In 2014, Moyer has been seen with some Spector bass models like Euro LX5.


  • B.C. Rich Havoc 4 and 5 string signature basses (Formerly made by Traben)
  • Music Man Stingray 5 string bass
  • Spector Euro LX5 4 and 5 string basses


  • Kustom Groove 1300 HD bass amplifier head
  • Kustom John Moyer G-810H JM 8x10 bass cabinets


John Moyer performing with Disturbed at the Starland Ballroom in late 2005


  • Omniphonic Globalnova (1995)
  • Self-Titled (1997)
  • Flywatt (1998)
  • 2179 (1999)

The Union Underground[edit]


Adrenaline Mob[edit]

Operation: Mindcrime[edit]



  • The Making of Indestructible
  • Indestructible in Germany
  • Decade of Disturbed
  • Rock House Method: John Moyer - Modern Metal Bass


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