Birth Date: April 15, 1969
Birth Location: Sweden
Currently Lives: America
Johnny "Blackout" Griparic is an Swedish-born bass player and session musician who currently lives in America. He has played with many different bands and artists such as Slash's Snakepit, BB Chung King & the Buddaheads and Richie Kotzen. Johnny played bass for ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash's blues cover band Slash's Blues Ball before joining Slash's Snakepit in 1998.
Johnny Griparic was born in the district of Hovslätt, in Jönköping, Sweden in the year of 1969. At the age of 18, Johnny moved to America and has since had a successful career as a bassist.
In the early nineties, Johnny Griparic joined the blues band, formed by guitarist Nick Koga, The Bad Boys of Blues and has continued to play with the band to the present day. In 1996, Johnny toured with Slash's Blues Ball across America. In 1996, Griparic also played on the Buddaheads album "Play Hard" which was released in Japan through Kaigan Entertainment Co. and also played with the Buddaheads on the compilation christmas album "Acoustic Christmas" on the track "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".
In 1997, Johnny Griparic played with B.J. Sharp on her album "Never Felt No Blues" which was released through Critique Records. Griparic toured with Slash's Blues Ball through to 1998 until Slash decided to end the band and put together a second Slash's Snakepit in which Johnny would play bass alongside Slash - lead guitar, Teddy Andreadis - Keyboards, Ryan Roxie - rhythm guitar and Matt Laug - drums. Slash's Snakepit then began auditioning singers, Johnny suggested a singer by the name of Rod Jackson who would become the lead vocalist for Slash's Snakepit. In 1998, Griparic also played on ex-Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist, Gilby Clarke's album "Rubber", Jeff Naideau's album "Shine" and the Buddaheads "Mississippi Queen".
In 1999, Johnny played with Slash's Snakepit on the Pre-Album Tour in which the band played a series of shows across the USA. The band wrote song before, during and after the tour which would appear on the future Slash's Snakepit album. In 2000, Slash's Snakepit released the album "Ain't Life Grand" through Koch Records (in which Johnny co-wrote every song) and then opened for AC/DC on their 2000 Stiff Upper Lip Tour. In 2000, Johnny also played on several song on Stevie Rachelle's album "Since Sixty Six". After completing the tour with AC/DC, Slash's Snakepit set out on a world tour of their own. The world tour finished in late 2001 and so did the band. Slash ended Slash's Snakepit and then started Velvet Revolver (then known as The Project).
In 2002, Johnny Griparic and Rod Jackson wrote, performed and produced 3 songs on the soundtrack of "Halloween: Resurrection". The three tracks were titled "Knockdown Chant", "Can't Change Your Mind" and "Tina" and were released through Adriana Music (ASCAP) & Yee-Yah Music (ASCAP). Also in 2002, Griparic played on Gilby Clarke's album "Swag" which was released through Pavement Music. In 2003, Johnny played on the BB Chung King & the Buddaheads album "Mumbo Jumbo" (released through Wilshire Park Entertainment) and in 2004 played with Jimmy Z and the Z-Tribe on the album "The Heart and Soul of a Jaguar (Corazón Y Alma de un Jaguar)" (Zavala Songs Inc.).
Big Swede Album
Johnny is currently recording a rock album with Stefan "Big Swede" Svensson. The album will feature Svensson on Drums & Keyboards, Johnny on Bass, Howie Simon on Guitars and Rod Jackson (ex-Snakepit vocalist) on lead vocals.
Has Played With:
Slash's Snakepit 1998 - 2001
Slash's Blues Ball
BB Chung King & the Buddaheads
Jimmy Z and the Z-Tribe
Stefan "Big Swede" Svensson
The Screamin' Cocktails
The Bad Boys of Blues
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