Bravewords.com interviews J5 ‘Being a rock star was never the idea’
Bravewords.com have just sent us this brand new interview they have conducted with John 5. In it he talks about the new album God Told Me To, touring and why he never set out to be a rock star when he first started playing.
JOHN 5 – “Being A Rock Star Was Never The Idea” By Aaron Small
In addition to the ten-song CD, God Told Me To, comes with a nearly hour-long bonus DVD, hosted by retro-style horror-host Mike Odd. “This one was a lot of hard work, especially with the DVD being with it,” admits 5. “I put a whole lot of time and effort into it; not that I didn’t do that with the others, but I just kind of took my time.” How much time are we talking about? “Probably a year and a half, cause I had to tour with Zombie and all that stuff, so I was doing it while I was on the road as well. I really thought about things, and thought about the title of the album and titles of the songs, the production… I wasn’t in a rush to get it out superfast.”John’s new album shares its title, God Told Me To, with a horror movie from 1976 that was written and directed by Larry Cohen. The plot centres on a Catholic, New York police detective investigating several murders committed by various random and apparently normal people; all claiming that God told them to kill. In fact, clips from that film can be seen on the bonus DVD. John elaborates on the correlation. “Well, when I was a kid, there was this serial killer in Michigan, and he blamed a lot of his stuff on God, saying God would talk to him, and that would always scare me. So I was always intrigued by that, is this guy really hearing voices in his head? So I did a spin on it – and this is true. I took it as a positive because I wanted to be a musician so bad, a working musician, that the very few times I did go to Church, like at Christmas, midnight mass or whatever, I would always pray, ‘please, I just want to become a working musician, a guitar player,’ and blah, blah, blah. Being a rock star was never the idea; it was so far-fetched. So that’s why I named it God Told Me To.”