Pete may refer to himself as a “guitar nerd,” but his effortless, dynamic playing has landed him onstage performing with legendary artists Don Henley, Chris Cornell and Melissa Etheridge. An Edmonton native, Thorn moved to LA in his late teens to attend the famed Musician’s Institute. After joining several bands, he began his hired-gun saga, touring extensively from 1999-2001 with artists including Adam Cohen, Blinker the Star, Evan and Jaron, and Five For Fighting before joining Canadian Alternative Rock band Forty Foot Echo, whose debut album produced a single featured in the Disney film Freaky Friday (“Brand New Day”) and a Canadian Top 10 Rock hit (“Save Me”). Thorn has also worked regularly with famed producer (and 4 Non Blondes frontwoman) Linda Perry in her LA recording studio, playing on tracks from a range of artists, including James Blunt, Daniel Powter, Alicia Keys, and Pink. Peter joined Japanese rock icon Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi for multiple tours and an epic career highlight concert at Mt. Fuji, performing for over 100,000 fans on the biggest concert stage ever assembled in Japan!
His first solo album came in 2011. GUITAR NERD is an instrumental guitar album that showcases every sonic arrow in Thorn’s impressive quiver of guitar styles, sounds and techniques. Lately, Thorn has taken to demonstrating guitar gear & accessories on his wildly popular Youtube channel, where he’s garnered more than 17 million views – proving there’s a lot of fellow “guitar nerds” out there. But if a lifelong, unabashed passion for playing guitar in all its styles and permutations with some of the best artists in the world qualifies as “nerd” status…? Then Pete Thorn is, indeed, a fabulous guitar nerd.