• Johnny Christ

    Johnny Christ

     Jonathan Lewis Seward, (born November 18, 1984), better known by his stage name Johnny Christ, is the bassist in the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.Johnny Christ was the fourth bassist to join Avenged Sevenfold in 2002, replacing former members Matt Wendt, Dameon Ash, and Justin Sane. He grew up in Huntington Beach, California. His favorite bands are Pantera, Megadeth and Metallica. He began playing bass when he was 12 years old.

    Biography

    Johnny Seward attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. He proceeded through high school and formally met M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, and The Rev. Despite not being in the band at the time, Johnny was already friends with The Rev and Synyster Gates, then soon after M. Shadows and Zacky Vengeance. Following the departure of Dameon Ash in 2002, he was invited to fill the position as Avenged Sevenfold's bassist, as he had played the bass with the band whenever Dameon could not attend. Johnny could pick up on the pace of a song that he did not know quite quickly and proved to be a unique bass guitarist. "I don't think any one out there could pick up a bass line as quick as Johnny" were the words from The Rev. Johnny was also friends with Zacky Vengeance's younger brother Matt Baker formerly from the band The Dear & Departed. In May 2009, he participated in the Gumball 3000  rally, driving coast to coast with the Fuel Girls.
    His first concert was a Metallica concert. He was 12.

    Musical career

    Johnny initially took a few weeks off from high school during his senior year to fill in for Avenged Sevenfold's previous bassist, Dameon Ash, during one of their tours. These few weeks would become permanent as Johnny dropped out of high school to become the band's current bassist.

    His two biggest influences are Cliff Burton (late bassist for Metallica) and Duff McKagan (the bassist from Velvet Revolver and formerly Guns N' Roses).

    His playing style varies by song.

    Johnny first recorded on their second album Waking The Fallen. He used to write only Johnny on his autographs until Zacky came up with the name "Johnny Christ", and in All Excess he said, "That sounds... really ballsy. Everyone's gonna hate that, so... I should definitely go with that." He resides in Huntington Beach, Orange County.

    In the time since the release of Nightmare, Seward has begun singing more backup vocals on live shows (as well as screaming) on songs like Strength of the World, Nightmare, Seize the Day, God Hates Us, Critical Acclaim, and Not Ready to Die.

    Stage Equipment

    • Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Bass
    • Seymour Duncan Basslines SMB-4D, SJB-3n
    • Ampeg SVT 8x10 Cab
    • Gallien-Krueger 1001 RB Head
    • Ernie Ball 2831 Power Slinky Bass Strings

    Equipment

    • Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray Custom Black W/ Steel Pickguard
    • Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray W/ Custom "Mr.Death" Graphic
    • Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray Custom Grey Burst W/ Matching Head Stock
    • Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling (2H) Bass
    • Ernie Ball Musicman 30th Anniversary Stingray
    • Seymour Duncan Pickups
    • Gallien Krueger 412 Neo cab
    • Gallien Krueger 410RBH Cabs x2
    • Gallien Krueger 2001 RB Head x2
    • Ernie Ball 2831 Power Slinky Bass Strings
    • Rickenbacker 4003 bass natural finish

    Also Seen in Recording

    • Visual Sound H20 Chorus & Echo
    • Boss GEB-7 Bass Equalizer
    • Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Bass Driver DI
    • Ampeg SVT CL Head
    • Dunlop CryBaby Bass WAH
    • Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 5 Red w/ White Pick Guard
    • 1972 Gibson Thunderbird
    • Line6 Bass Pod
    • Ibanez GSR 205 W/ Gold Inlays
    • Gallien-Krueger 800RB Head

    Old Setup

    • Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling Bass Black/Black
    • Ampeg SVT 8x10 Cab
    • Gallien Krueger 1001 RB Head
    • Ernie Ball 2831 Power Slinky Bass Strings

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