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Derek Jones
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Derek Jones, Rock im Park 2014
Background information
Born (1984-06-05)June 5, 1984
Fountain Valley, California, U.S.
Died April 21, 2020(2020-04-21) (aged 35)
Occupation(s) Guitarist
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active 2006–2020

Derek Jones (June 5, 1984 – April 21, 2020) was an American guitarist, best known as the rhythm and lead guitarist and often co-lead vocalist for the American post-hardcore band Falling in Reverse. He was also previously the guitarist of the American band A Smile From the Trenches until his departure in 2010.


Early years

Jones was born June 5, 1984, in Lake Forest, California. He started playing the saxophone but switched to the guitar. He started listening to bands like Manowar, Blink-182 and Slipknot. In his adolescence, he formed several local bands, which had only small presentations until when he turned 19 and he had his first tour.

A Smile from the Trenches

In 2007, Derek joined the band A Smile from the Trenches. On June 29, 2007, they released the self-titled EP. The same year, the band was invited to the Vans Warped Tour. On October 13, 2009, they released their first studio album, titled Leave the Gambling for Vegas, on which they covered the song "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. In May 2010, Derek left the band to join Falling in Reverse, and the band split in September 2010.

Falling in Reverse

In 2008 Jones was part of the original lineup of Falling in Reverse while still part of A Smile From The Trenches. The band only recorded demos as Radke was in prison until December 2010. In May 2010 after leaving A Smile From The Trenches, Derek moved to Las Vegas due to his commitment to Falling In Reverse. Since Ronnie Radke was still in prison, the band had to wait for Ronnie to leave, in December 2010. The band's studio album, Fashionably Late, which was released on June 18, 2013, peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. The band released their third album Just Like You on February 24, 2015. Coming Home, their latest album, was released on April 7, 2017.

Besides Ronnie, Jones was the only original member of the band until his death in 2020, and was the only member besides Radke to feature on every release.

Personal life and death

In 2015, he became engaged to Christina Cetta. When Cetta was diagnosed with cancer in March 2019, Jones created a GoFundMe to raise $100,000 for Cetta's treatment. The band gave special shirts to fans who donated. Cetta died on November 19, 2019, which resulted in the cancellation of Falling in Reverse's fall tour.

Jones died on April 21, 2020; his death was announced on social media by bandmate Ronnie Radke. His cause of death was revealed later in Ronnie Radke's book "I Can Explain" as subdural hematoma.


with A Smile From the Trenches
  • A Smile From the Trenches EP (2007)
  • Leave the Gambling for Vegas (2009)
with Falling in Reverse
  • Fashionably Late (2013)
  • Just Like You (2015)
  • Coming Home (2017)

See also

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