Joey Vera

Joey Vera (born April 24, 1963) is an American bassist who is known as a member of the heavy metal band Armored Saint and progressive metal band Fates Warning. In 2004/2005, he replaced Frank Bello in Anthrax as the band's bassist, but did not record with them.[1] He was also a member of Engine, recorded with Tribe After Tribe, and appears on the OSI album Free. His first solo album, A Thousand Faces, was released in 1994. His current solo project, A Chinese Firedrill, released an album titled Circles in 2007.[2] On August 1, 2019, Joey was announced as the touring bassist for a newly reunited Mercyful Fate filling in for Timi Hansen.[3] Vera always plays bass by using his fingers instead of a guitar pick.

Joey Vera
Vera in 2007
Vera in 2007
Background information
Born (1963-04-24) April 24, 1963 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, progressive metal, power metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1982–present
Associated actsArmored Saint, Fates Warning, Anthrax, Engine, Tribe After Tribe, Seven Witches


Vera performing with Fates Warning
Vera performing with Fates Warning

With Armored SaintEdit

as Joey VeraEdit

  • A Thousand Faces (1994)

With Fates WarningEdit

With Tribe After TribeEdit

  • Pearls Before Swine (1997)
  • Enchanted Entrance (2002)

With Chroma KeyEdit

With EngineEdit

With John ArchEdit

With Seven WitchesEdit

With OSIEdit

as A Chinese FiredrillEdit

  • Circles (2007)

With Arch/MatheosEdit

With Motor SisterEdit

  • Ride (2015)


  1. ^ Metal Storm
  2. ^ Vera, Joey. "A CHINESE FIREDRILL". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  3. ^ August 2019, Alice Pattillo02. "Mercyful Fate bring original lineup back to home turf in Copenhell 2020". Metal Hammer Magazine.

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