John Moyer

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John Moyer
John Moyer performing with Disturbed at the 2016 Rock AM Park
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 47)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
  • Bass guitar
Years active1990–present
Associated acts

John Moyer (born November 30, 1973) is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing 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 Weiland's 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] More recently he signed a new deal with Hartke amps that he uses currently.

Moyer also at one point signed an endorsement deal with BC Rich Guitars, who for a while manufactured Moyer's signature Havoc bass. They can do this because they are owned by the same holding company as Traben. However in 2014, he has been seen with some Spector bass models like Euro LX5 and signed on as an endorser soon after. Additionally he has been seen with a few other basses over the years, most notably Music Man Stingrays.


  • 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 (currently, B.C. Rich and Music Man models very seldom used)


  • Various Hartke models (currently)
  • Kustom Groove 1300 HD bass amplifier head (previously)
  • Kustom John Moyer G-810H JM 8x10 bass cabinets (previously)


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]

Art of Anarchy[edit]

Operation: Mindcrime[edit]


Dark Sky Choir[edit]

  • Reboot (2018)


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

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