Former DANZIG guitarist John Christ has posted the following update on his official MySpace blog:
"I began this week like many of you, wanting to make a fresh start in a new decade. Many were happy to see 2009 go. I know I was.
"This year I am determined to get organized and finish a few of my projects, some simmering on the back burner for years.
"I began a guitar book almost ten years ago. I was nearing completion in 2004 when I was involved in a horrific crash. Somehow I survived and began the long process of rehab.
"To me, the worst of my injuries were the crushed fingers on my left guitar-fretting hand."
John Christ returned to the live stage for the first time in 10 years on November 27, 2009 with a solo performance in Essex, Maryland. According to Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience, the concert "was a mix of guitar shred, melodic interludes, random DANZIG songs and it proved what a well-rounded musician he truly is. The fact that 'The Wizard of Oz' theme song was performed in the same set as STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN and DANZIG numbers and that transition was effortless on John's part, it proves why John is one of the best guitarist in the hard rock genre!"
A review of the show and a bunch of photos can be found at Rock N Roll Experience.
A short fan-filmed video clip is available below.
John Christ (born John Knoll) left DANZIG in July 1995 after four albums and one EP, citing a breakdown in communication within the band as the reason for his departure.
In 1997, Christ was part of the short lived band JUICE 13, which also included Randy Castillo, former drummer for OZZY OSBOURNE.
Christ released his debut solo album, "Flesh Caffeine", in 1999.