John Moyer

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John Moyer
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John Moyer performing with Disturbed at the 2016 Rock AM Park
Background information
Birth nameJohn Robert Moyer
Born (1973-11-30) November 30, 1973 (age 46)
El Paso, Texas, United States
  • Bass guitar
Years active1990–present
Associated acts

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 which he played on as a session member, becoming a full-time member around 2005 during the supporting tour for the album. 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 Stereo Satellite, 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 originally formed the band with Scott Weiland, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, twins Jon and Vince Votta entitled Art of Anarchy, and released their debut self-titled album in 2015 shortly before Scott Weilands' death in December 2015.


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.[4]

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]


Art of Anarchy[edit]

Adrenaline Mob[edit]

Operation: Mindcrime[edit]



Awards and nominations[edit]

Loudwire Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 John Moyer Best Bassist Nominated


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2012-12-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Adrenaline Mob in tour crash". Metal Hammer. Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  3. ^ "Adrenaline Mob Learned That Bassist John Moyer Was Sitting Out Their Tour Via Facebook". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  4. ^ [1] Archived October 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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