Danko Jones talks longevity, regrets and the evolution of his hard-rocking guitar tone

Danko Jones
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Danko Jones has many skills, but being quiet is not one of them. Through a career spanning 25 years with his eponymous band, a podcast, a book, tons of guest appearances on other artists' records, political rants on Twitter and enough old-school, down-and-dirty rock ’n’ roll riffs to make even the ghost of Malcolm Young smile, Jones has made a living from being loud. 

So when you ask him about the key to his longevity, you shouldn’t be surprised that false modesty takes a back seat. “We started the band in ’96 and we’re very proud of it!” he says. "I heard the average lifespan for a main band is seven years, and the fact we more than tripled that, especially during the age of internet downloading, is something I’m very proud of. 

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.