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Daniel Paul Johns was born on the 22nd of April 1979 and is an Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist, who is best known as front man of the rock band Silverchair. He is also part of The Dissociatives. In 2007, he was ranked at number 18 on Rolling Stone's list of The Twenty-Five Most Underrated Guitarists.

       With most of the youth of all mankind, I felt like a freak growing up and yet with the dark and yet not completely depressing single Freak getting some airtime on the airways, the music video of Abuse Me being played after midnight on Mtv from this band from across the pond, I felt a kinship with the skinny guy screaming over the deep bass lines, his unwashed hair flying around and a slightly off set sense of alienation in his words.  As a gay teenager with Asperger's Syndrome, all that angst and isolation that I was feeling in the raw when I was was listening to the album Freakshow and Daniel Johns seemed to be singing all the words I dared not speak for even though he had very different reasons for being one, he and I were Freaks.

All the reasons we were different...
      Growing up in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, his interest for music started when he was 8. He, along with his band mates Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou formed their band at the age of 12, originally named the Innocent Criminals.
     The band's career began when they were just 14 years old, signing to Murmur Records in 1994 after their demo "Tomorrow" won a competition by the SBS TV program Nomad. The single was then picked up by radio network Triple J. Their first album release was Frogstomp, in 1995.
    They were all but forgotten until 1997 when they released the somewhat darker Freakshow album that had reached number one on the Australian Charts, as well as three songs in the Top 10 and a fourth in the Top 25. The album was certified Gold in the US, Platinum 4x in Australia and sold over 2.5 million copies world wide.
      After completing their secondary education, the band released in 1999 the even darker Neon Ballroom that dealt with such topics as John's eating disorder anorexia nervosa and was charted well as it reached number two in Canada.
     In 2002 he was ready for the release of what Johns regarded as his band's masterpiece, Diorama.
    In 2003, he went on hiatus from Silverchair and Johns has worked in several side projects, notably in The Dissociatives and "I Can't Believe It's Not Rock" with dance musician, Paul Mac. The Dissociatives album was recorded in London by Johns, who contributed lyrics and melodies, and Paul Mac who contributed various other instruments and effects. A few months later, they regrouped in Sydney and Newcastle to finish off the project. The Dissociatives toured with musicians Kim Moyes on drums, Julian Hamilton on keys, and James Haselwood on bass.
      In late 2005, Johns and Silverchair joined up again and put rumors of a split to rest by announcing the production of a new album titled Young Modern. The new album was released on 31 March 2007, and was followed by the huge 'Across The Great Divide' tour with Powderfinger. On the 13th of June 2008 on the band's website it was reported that Daniel was working on a new side project with The Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele and that there was at that time, currently no release date for this "acoustic pop record"
       In 2011, Daniel Johns announced an 'indefinite hibernation' of his band mates from Silverchair and have yet to have any reunion but have not ruled it out.

Personal life

       As far as his family, Johns moved out of his family home when he was 18. He has two younger siblings, a brother named Heath and a sister named Chelsey.


       In mid to late 1997, during the Freakshow tour, Johns began to show the physical signs of his internal struggle with fame and clinical depression. He appeared thinner as well as frail and on advice from his therapist, Johns moved out of the family home into a unit to try to take a break and recover from the stress of touring. However, for the first half of 1998, Johns spent little time outside the house and became more and more withdrawn with his imposed seclusion having the opposite effect as was intended.


       When the band's next album, Neon Ballroom, was released in early 1999, it was obvious to the public and the press that Johns was dangerously thin. After rumors that he was suffering from a drug addiction, Johns decided to clear the air and gave an interview with Rolling Stone Australia to finally explain that he had developed anorexia nervosa. At his thinnest, Johns claims that he weighed less than 50 kilos, or 110 pounds. With Neon Ballroom came the single "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" about Johns' battle and inner feelings struggling with the condition. Further confirmation came in 2004, when Johns spoke at length to ABC interviewer Andrew Denton and revealed that at one point he had considered suicide.


       By 2002, Johns appeared to have recovered from his internal trauma, However, just as his album was due for release Johns was struck down by a severe and rare case of reactive arthritis. His joints became inflamed and locked up, with any movement being painful, so that he could no longer play guitar or do everyday things. He spent most of 2002 unable to perform. It was feared that he may not be able to perform for years, if at all, as the disease takes many months to recover from, and sometimes returns after many years. Still unable to play for extended periods, he performed again in October 2002 at the ARIA awards ceremony. His recovery proceeded apace, allowing Silverchair to perform an extended Australian, European and North American concert tour.
       In July 2007, Johns unwittingly created a scandal after he claimed, on national youth station Triple J, that he had shared a joint with his then-wife Natalie Imbruglia, Australian Federal MP and ex Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett and Bono of U2 in November 2006, while listening to a demo tape of Silverchair's new album Young Modern. Anna Wood's father Tony Wood suggested that Garrett submit to a drug test, despite Garrett's assertions that he had not touched marijuana since his 20s and Johns countering the claim by claiming it was a joke. He also said that he thought it would be obvious that it was, seeing as both Peter Garret and Bono were publicly against drugs.
        As far as his love life, Johns once dated singer Fiona Apple. He announced his engagement to long-time girlfriend, actress, singer and model Natalie Imbruglia in late 2002, and they married on New Year's Eve 2003. However, on 4 January 2008 it was announced they were divorcing, stating, "We have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together."


          His profound love for animals motivated his becoming a vegan when he was younger, however he is currently a vegetarian.

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