Dan Johnson (musician)

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Dan Johnson
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Background information
Genres Christian rock, heavy metal, hard rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Love and Death, Brian Welch, Red, The Sammus Theory, Back From Ashes, Mo Nasty, UO4

Dan Johnson is an American drummer for Korn guitarist Brian Welch[1] and Love and Death, is the touring percussionist for Red and was the drummer for rock metal band Back from Ashes[2] and hard rock band The Sammus Theory.[3]


Dan Johnson performing with Nate Gullickson of Throw Logic and Phoenix rock metal band Back From Ashes at Mayhem Festival 2011 in Arizona

UO4, Mo Nasty and The Sammus Theory[edit]

Having grown up in Pennsylvania,[4] Johnson played drums in the band UO4[5] throughout his high school career.[6] After starting his adulthood in Phoenix, his drumming career in Arizona began with local band Mo Nasty,[7] after which time he moved on to The Sammus Theory.[3][8]

Brian "Head" Welch[edit]

In 2009, Brian "Head" Welch, the former guitarist for Korn asked Johnson along with Michael Valentine (bass), Scott Von Heldt (guitar), Ralph Patlan (guitar), and Brian Ruedy(keyboards, programming) to join his up-and-coming musical ensemble.[9]

Back from Ashes[edit]

In 2011, following Pete Hawley's departure from Back from Ashes, the band recruited Johnson to play for the ensemble.[2][10] In February 2012, Back from Ashes hired Bobby Anderson to play percussion on a long-term basis for the band.[11]

Love and Death[edit]

In 2012, it was revealed that Johnson had formed the band Love and Death with Welch and Valentine.[12]


Dan Johnson performing with American rock band Red

In 2014, Joe Rickard, the drummer for the Christian metal band Red,[13][14] left the group, to join Manafest as a touring drummer[15] so Johnson filled in for him on tours[16][17][18] and performed percussion on Of Beauty and Rage, the fifth studio album from the ensemble.[19][20]

Seasons After[edit]

In late 2015, Johnson performed in multiple shows with American rock band Seasons After.[21]


  1. ^ ""Ex-KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH At Christian Music Festival" Blabbermouth.net, July 31, 2010 Obtained December 20, 2011". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b OverkillWFO on (August 3, 2011). ""'Back From Ashes' Vocalist Jason Hobel and OverkillWFO: Our Conversation" The Monk's House, August 3, 2011 Obtained December 20, 2011". :. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Sammus Theory on PureVolume". Purevolume.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chance meeting leads drummer to ex-Korn guitarist's new band". LancasterOnline. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dan Johnson with Brian "Head" Welch". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Drum Beat: with Dan Johnson from Love And Death - JesusWired.com". JesusWired.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vater Artist // Dan Johnson". Vater.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Prowl, Geri (March 5, 2009). "Prowl of the Day - Independent Music Blog: The Sammus Theory - Prowl of the Day for March 6, 2009". Artistofthedaybands.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Ex-KORN Guitarist BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH At Christian Music Festival CREATION" Blabbermouth.net, July 31, 2010 Obtained January 6, 2011". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ OverkillWFO on (January 13, 2012). ""Back From Ashes '261'- A Review" The Monk's House, January 13, 2012 Obtained January 20, 2012". Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ ""New songs are coming along very nicely! Some serious crushing groove headed your way!!!!!" Back From Ashes Facebook Page Obtained February 3, 2012". Facebook.com. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Gauntlet News - Brian Head Welch Changes Band Name". Thegauntlet.com. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Jones, Kim (February 1, 2014). "Joe Rickard Says Goodbye To RED : Genres". Music Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ David Stagg (January 27, 2014). "Red's Joe Rickard to step down". HM Magazine. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Joe Rickard on Instagram". Instagram. January 6, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Artists | Page 2". Crushdrum.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dan Johnson – Love and Death/RED". Crushdrum.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Red Tickets & Tour Dates 2015 - Stereoboard". Stereoboard.com. 
  19. ^ "Red Explores Beauty and Rage on New Album - JesusWired.com". JesusWired.com. 
  20. ^ Chad Bowar. "Red Interview". About.com Entertainment. 
  21. ^ "Seasons After, EVERYBODY PANIC! and Saint Diablo at The Crazy Horse Complex 12/12/2015". Side Stage Magazine. 

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