Q5 (band)

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Q5 - Headbangers Open Air 2016 02.jpg
Q5 at Headbangers Open Air 2016
Background information
OriginSeattle, US
Years active1983–present
Associated acts

Q5 is an American hard rock/heavy metal band from Seattle, Washington. Their first studio album, titled Steel the Light, came out in 1984. Picking up some critical praise, the outfit toured with the likes of Lita Ford and Twisted Sister. However, the group faced internal divisions that ultimately ended the project before the 1980s came to a close. In 2014, Q5 re-formed to perform at the Sweden Rock Festival, and the band members involved found that the one-off event didn't seem nearly enough, deciding to continue on with the revamped version of the group.[1]


Q5 got started in 1983. It functioned as a kind of 'supergroup' of sorts by mixing together members of two popular Seattle bands of the time. Frontman Jonathan K and guitarist Floyd D. Rose from "C.O.R.E." (or "The C.O.R.E.") joined up with guitarist Rick Pierce, bassist Evan Sheeley, and drummer Gary Thompson from "TKO". Their first studio album, 1984's Steel the Light, earned praise from several critics.[1][2] Q5 may have managed to even sign with the record label Polygram for their 1985 sophomore release, When The Mirror Cracks, but the writing was already on the wall. Personal differences ripped the group apart not long after said release.[1]

The band has featured a melodic hard rock sound incorporating heavy metal influences, with its songs being covered by the likes of Great White and Wolf. Ex-member Floyd Rose himself is also well known as a guitar tremolo system inventor.[1]


Current line-up[edit]

  • Jonathan Scott K. – lead vocals
  • James Nelson – guitar
  • Dennis Turner – guitar
  • Evan Sheeley – bass
  • Jeffrey A. McCormack – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Floyd D. Rose – guitar
  • Rick Pierce - guitar
  • Gary Thompson – drums



  • 1984 – Steel the Light (Albatross Productions)
  • 1985 – When the Mirror Cracks (Polygram)
  • 2016 – New World Order (Frontiers Records)


  • 1983 – Demo
  • 1984 – Demo 1984


  • 1985 – Steel the Light
  • 1986 – Living on the Borderline
  • 2016 – The Right Way


  1. ^ a b c d "Reformed Seattle Rockers Q5 Sign With FRONTIERS". Blabbermouth.net. August 6, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.metalforcesmagazine.com/site/album-review-q5-steel-the-light