When guitarist Jordan Cook returns to Seattle on Saturday, he promises to bring a “special show” to his adopted hometown. But Cook is also looking forward to the Neptune gig for other reasons: “It will be the first time in ages I’ll sleep in my own bed,” he laughs.
Cook moved to Seattle in 2012 from his birthplace of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and it was here he perfected his Reignwolf character. That means distorted guitar (Jimi Hendrix meets the Black Keys), including the trick of playing the drums while he shreds guitar.
His raw talent, combined with connections from then-manager Ryan Crase, got Reignwolf gigs at Easy Street, and, eventually, Sasquatch and Bumbershoot.
Cook has since parted from Crase, but in his Reignwolf persona, he’s been on the road ever since. His live show has shifted, he warns, to make more use of his two-piece band. “As a band, people will see that we are much more together than we’ve ever been,” he says.
Cook has yet to release an album, but he says news of one may be imminent. Until then, his gigs continue to win him audiences. Black Sabbath hired him to open the Canadian leg of their upcoming tour, which will put Reignwolf before the biggest crowds of his career.
“I still haven’t even played Saskatoon as ‘Reignwolf,’ so to be able to do that with Sabbath will be something,” he says.
Until then, Cook is looking forward to the one Seattle treat he says he’s dreamed of: a Vivace espresso. “I didn’t drink a sip of coffee until I moved to Seattle, and now I’m a crazy man,” he says.
Cook also wants to visit the Comet Tavern, the site of one of his early Seattle shows. When he heard the tavern had temporarily closed, he says he and his band fantasized about buying the legendary spot and making it his own, like “B.B. King’s” in Memphis.
“We kept asking ourselves, ‘How can Reignwolf buy the Comet?’ ” he laughs.
He’s glad the new owners are continuing on with music.
Cook is infamous for his surprise appearances. At his first Sasquatch Festival, he played on top of the merch booth, which, like many of his gigs, became a YouTube classic. The Neptune is his only official Seattle show this season, but when Jordan Cook is in town, you never know where Reignwolf is going to howl.
9 p.m. Saturday, The Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle; $18.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).