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[Interview] John 5 speaks to Time Out Shanghai ahead of his China shows with The Creatures

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John 5 and The Creatures are in China this week to play shows in Shanghai and Bejing.

This is the first time John 5 has played in China as a solo artist and it promises to be a belting good show!

Before the shows, which take place on 24th and 26th November, (full details including ticket and VIP links here) John 5 chatted to Time Out Shanghai about taking The Creatures show to China, whether Metallica have heard his version of Enter Sandman, what it’s like working as a solo artist and Rob Zombie’s right-hand axe-man, and how the music industry – and John 5 – are adapting for the digital age.

To read the interview in full, go here: timeoutshanghai.com/features/J5-Our-live-show-is-like-juggling-chainsaws

Vote John 5 “Best rock guitarist”

John 5 Best Rock Guitarist 2017

John 5 has been nominated by Music Radar and Total Guitar in their Best Rock Guitarist category.

I am very honored to be nominated in MusicRadar​ & Total Guitar​’s Best Rock Guitarist category. To be nominated among so many of my friends, peers and heroes, really means the world to me. But now it’s up to you!

This is a People’s Vote, so now it’s up to you! Vote here: http://bit.ly/BestRockGuitarist17

Voting closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 3 December 2017.

John 5 to release live album in 2018

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John 5 recently completed his first #AskJohn5 session on the official community forum.

In it, he was asked by fan marcusfiddy, if he had any plans to release new music or other new products.

Here is John 5’s answer: “I’m going to be releasing a live record next year, really excited about that as it’s my first one. It’s going to be called IT’S ALIVE!”

The Ask John 5 section will reopen to fans for a new round of questions towards the end of November. You never know what John 5 may share next time round!

Read all the latest questions and answers here: john-5.com/main/community/ask-john-5/

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[Watch] John 5 joins Nikki Sixx for ‘My Favorite Riff’

From Sixx Sense:

Nikki’s good friend John 5, best known for his work with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, talks about the show “Hee Haw” inspiring him to pick up the guitar on this episode of My Favorite Riff, our video series where some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

John 5 talks about the beauty in simplicity, shows off his Chicken Pickin’, shows off the awesome riffs in some Michael Jackson hits, and turning country riffs in metal songs. He also speaks on his inspirations (“anything out of the norm”) and how he went from wanting to only be a session performer to touring the world.

Brand new John 5 community open

John 5 community

From the web manager:

Over nine years ago, the official John 5 site decided to close it’s doors to the forum we had online at the time. It was always a sad blow as the community had grown so well, but we were fighting against social media at the time and a platform that was flooding us with bots and more.

Nine years or so on, John 5 and I had a discussion about resurrecting a feature that we both loved having on the forum – an Ask John 5 section. This was an opportunity for fans, once a month, to submit questions for John 5 to choose to answer. We’re bringing that back, once a month (as John’s schedule allows) and every four months with John answering select questions by a recorded video. But why just that? Why not bring back the forum as a whole? So that is what we have done. Yes, in the era of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Google + (is that still a thing?) and everything else, a forum is probably pretty retro but we believe in the fanbase. And John’s worldwide reach has grown over the past few years. We want to tap into the community out there.

So please get involved, join or sign back in if you’ve not for a while. Be a member, grow the community, join other John 5 and guitar fans and have fun. It’s YOUR community, grow it, use it! 

The first “Ask John 5” session will open on Tuesday 24th October until Saturday 28th October. The questions will be answered after John 5 returns from his Halloween shows.

Go now: https://john-5.com/main/community/

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Get John 5 & The Creatures cover of Enter Sandman on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and more now!

John 5 Enter Sandman

Happy Friday 13th everyone! What a perfect day to unleash John 5 & The Creatures cover of the Metallica classic “Enter Sandman”.

John 5 recently exclusively revealed the track on pal Eddie Trunks radio show.

The track is currently available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and more. More retailers will be added to the link below as they become available.

Purchase the track today and then play it very VERY LOUD! http://smarturl.it/john5entersandman