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Jason Hook
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Hook at the 2016 Reload Festival
Background information
Birth name Thomas Jason Grinstead
Born October 3, 1970 (1970-10-03) (ageĀ 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Musician
  • producer
  • songwriter
Instruments Guitar
  • Better Noise Music
Associated acts

Jason Hook is a Canadian guitarist, record producer, songwriter, and session musician. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.

Early life

Born in Toronto, Hook started his music career at the age of six in nearby Oakville, Ontario, with private guitar lessons. His early experience in formal music training also included drums, piano, and violin.


Hook spent many years in Canada honing his craft and was eventually signed to Elektra with his band No Love Lost. The band recorded an album with producer Beau Hill in Los Angeles but the disc never saw the light of day. Now, on his own in Los Angeles as a session musician, Hook took a stint in the hard rock band BulletBoys. In 2000, he was hired by pop singer Hilary Duff as the guitarist in her live lineup; he also served as the session guitarist recording tracks for her. Hook also supported Mandy Moore on her 2001 Tour. Hook became a highly coveted session player in the L.A. circuit and went on to tour and record with acts like the Vince Neil Band and Alice Cooper.

In 2007, Hook released his debut instrumental hard rock/metal album Safety Dunce which won best instrumental album of the year from the Los Angeles Music Awards. He recorded his second solo release, American Justice, in 2009, which featured guest appearances from Alice Cooper and members of Five Finger Death Punch (American Justice will see a release in 2021)

In early 2009, it was announced that Hook was joining heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, replacing guitarist Darrell Roberts. On September 22, 2009, Hook and his bandmates released War Is the Answer, which landed them a number 7 debut on the Billboard Top 200 album. Five Finger Death Punch had great success in the following years including 14 number one songs and a total of 12 million albums sold worldwide. Some of the bands more popular hits were written by Hook, including "Inside Out", "Sham Pain", "Lift Me Up", "Battle Born", "A Little Bit Off", "Wash It All Away", "Coming Down", and "Remember Everything".

Hook left Five Finger Death Punch in February 2020. His departure was officially announced by the band in October.

He featured on Cory Marks's 2021 single "Blame It on the Double".

TV and film appearances

Hook appeared on the History Channel's Counting Cars on July 9, 2013.

Hook was the featured performer on the 13th season opening of "That Metal Show"

Jan 18th, 2014 Hook also appeared in an episode of My Cat from Hell.

Hook produced and appeared in the documentary film "Hired Gun"
Hook is the sole owner of the Hired Gun franchise (2016).


  • 2001: Monkeyhead
  • 2003: Sophie
  • 2007: Safety Dunce
Five Finger Death Punch
  • 2009: War Is the Answer
  • 2011: American Capitalist
  • 2013: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1
  • 2013: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2
  • 2015: Got Your Six
  • 2018: And Justice for None
  • 2020: F8
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