It didn’t take long for Jeff Duncan to find his passion. Born into a musical family, Jeff was fascinated by his father’s guitar playing since the age of six. It was then that Jeff received his first informal guitar lesson from his father and never looked back.
Years later, trading high school homework time for band rehearsal time, Jeff became a founding member of the band, Odin, which quickly became a pillar on the Sunset Strip in the 80s. Odin cut several albums and was featured in the documentary, Decline of Western Civilization, The Metal Years. Although a massive draw on the Sunset Strip, Odin disbanded in 1988.
Never one to rest, Jeff jumped at the chance to become one of the lead guitar players in a friendly rival of Odin’s, Armored Saint, alongside guitar player and friend, David Prichard. The dual guitar attack of the virtuosos quickly became a legend, but due to personal issues, Jeff left Armored Saint briefly after joining. Months later while doing a brief stint with the LA-based band, Lost Boys, Jeff received the disturbing news that his friend and ex-bandmate, David Prichard was diagnosed with leukemia. David’s heroic battle with the disease ended months later, as David tragically passed away at the age of 26.
Given a new outlook on life, the timing was now right when Jeff was once again asked to join Armored Saint. To this day, Jeff continues to play a very active role in Armored Saint. His blistering guitar riffs, solos, and excellent rhythm guitar playing have consumed the left side of the stage during each Armored Saint show for more than 20 years.
Due to the many projects in which the band members from Armored Saint partake, the band experiences a fair amount of downtime between tours/gigs. Realizing this, Jeff started his band in 1998. DC4 is comprised of Jeff’s brothers Shawn (drums) and Matt (Bass), as well as Rowan Robertson (guitar) of Dio fame. Jeff is the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and co-lead guitarist for DC4. (DC4 has released four albums)
In June 2012, Jeff was featured in the book Tales from the Stage #1. His career and life story are featured alongside 14 other rock pros such as Bruce Kulick, Eddie Trunk, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Herman Rarebell, and Tracii Guns.
How are you doing Jeff?
JD: Doing well thank you.
Written by Tony Lepre.
Courtesy of Andrew Catania | All That Shreds