“Big John Bates is not only a band, they are an infectious lifestyle choice that needs to be absorbed by all of humankind.”
— Twin Cities Magazine
BIG JOHN BATES has played with artists like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Nick Oliveri, Dexter Romweber, SCOTS, The Fuzztones, The Blasters, Koko Taylor, T-Model Ford, Murder by Death, Slim Cessna, Munley Munley and th' Legendary Shack Shakers.
John's career began as a founding member / songwriter for international thrash metal icons "Annihilator", garage / burlesque innovators "BJB & the Voodoo Dollz" and the alternative "Bates Motel". He also briefly played guitar for Canadian rocker "Bif Naked".