John Garcia has sung for massive crowds at Coachella and Ozz Fest. He opened for Metallica as lead singer of Kyuss, the pioneering desert rock band featuring three future members of Queens of the Stone Age.
He also performs magic at the Palm Springs Animal Hospital. At that unobtrusive complex next to a Vons market, Garcia works on operating tables as a veterinary technician.
In his two incarnations, Garcia, 51, has experienced adulation and adoration. Pet owners have loved him for helping to save animals. International rock fans have transcended cultural borders through his performance of songs depicting the desert experience, like “Whitewater,” “Green Machine” and “Our Desert Home.”
Garcia also enjoys a little bit of heaven in Morongo Valley, where he drives a one-and-a-half-mile dirt road to get to the house he shares with his cat, Chip, his dog, Lexi, his 12-year-old son, Marshall, and his wife, Wendy, who works with him as a vet technician.
Madison, his 19-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, joins them from Wisconsin each summer for escapes to Big Bear Lake on Garcia’s 1970 Glastron boat.