Musicradar.com sits down with John 5 again for another interview in the run- up to the new album God Told Me To:
Interview: Bosso, If anybody embodies the spirit of the saying, ‘Dare To Be Different,’ it’s John 5. With his horror movie makeup, a resume that boasts names as disparate as k.d. lang, Ricky Martin, Lynyrd Skynrd and Rob Zombie, and a unique playing style that’s more than a little bit country and a whole lot rock ‘n’ roll, the Telecaster-toting Mr. 5 is certainly his own man.
5 takes a typically broad approach on his new album, Gold Told Me To (due out on 8 May), which artfully mixes various shades of genres (industrial metal, dance rock, Spanish-style flamenco) in a strikingly bold manner: half of the record is acoustic, half is electric. (more…)
From Musicradar.com: musicradar.com/news/guitars/john-5-on-van-halens-new-record-its-amazing
John 5 on Van Halen’s new record: “It’s amazing!”
Guitar star covers Beat it on upcoming CD. Joe Bosso, Thu 1 Mar 2012, 11:02 pm UTC
On his upcoming album, God Told Me To, guitarist John 5 covers Michael Jackson’s Beat It – and does a spot-on rendition of Eddie Van Halen’s famous solo. “It’s one of the most incredible leads ever,” he admits. “For me to play it any other way would have been wrong somehow. A solo like that, you have to do it perfectly.”
As it turns out, John 5 has ties to Van Halen – he wrote and recorded with David Lee Roth in the late ’90s – and on the subject of the band’s new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, he’s quick to sing its praises. “It’s amazing!” he enthuses. (more…)
Check out the new interview with John 5 by Noisecreep:
Guitar hero John 5 is a busy man. Not only is the Southern California-based axeman about to head out on tour with Rob Zombie, he’s also busy scoring the singer’s ‘Lords of Salem’ film, and on top of all that, 5 is issuing ‘God Told Me To,’ a new solo CD/DVD.
The album, which drops on May 8, invites listeners to accompany 5 on a dynamic sonic journey with some of his most adventurous fretwork yet. It truly is all in the family in John 5′s camp, as Rob Zombie himself illustrated the cover art. (more…)
Last night John 5 appeared on the Jeff Young, Music without Boundaries radio show.
He spoke about his varied and vast career and Jeff played some of John’s back catalogue including tracks from his solo career, Marilyn Manson, Dave Lee Roth, 2wo and of course Rob Zombie.
If you didn’t get a chance to listen here is the podcast embedded below. On Part One, John 5 appears about half way through the show but it’s a good show, so give it a listen from beginning to end!
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John 5 made a post on his Facebook page yesterday:
I’m going to be on Jeff young show on Saturday [17 Dec]….
Jeff Young was the lead guitarist for Megadeth, appearing on the 1988 album So Far, So Good… So What!. He released his debut solo album Equilibrium was released in 2009. Jeff continues to make music, writes guitar tuition books and Jeff has his own radio show and you can find out more about it and listen to the show live by going to: http://www.facebook.com/jymwob
From his own Facebook posting:
This Just In: JOHN 5 In-Studio Interview, Career Retrospective + the scoop on his brand new album GOD TOLD ME TO next Saturday 12-17-11 on JEFF YOUNG’S MUSIC WITHOUT BOUNDARIES = let the madness commence… LIVE radio on facebook
John 5 and Rob Zombie are with Revolver TV at the Golden Gods awards, talking heavy metal’s recognition, catching up with old friends and Zombie’s latest film projects.
The guys also discuss the upcoming tour with Slayer.
You can pick up the Revolver Golden Gods issue at this location.
The full awards show is currently being rebroadcast on VH1.
You can view the full video here: http://www.ultimate-guitar.tv/misc/revolver_golden_gods_awards_2011__ultimate_guitar_john_5_and_rob_zombie.html
As John 5 waited in the Zombie dressing room before the Second Stage headline performance on Sunday night at the Download Festival he spoke to Download about the upcoming show, what he likes to do to relax and a variety of other things.
From Download: interviews/general/rob_zombie_interview
Guitarist John 5 talks to us in the Rob Zombie dressing room backstage at Download
What goes on the Rob Zombie dressing room before a gig?
It’s usually just us getting ready, getting our make up on and stuff. I usually just listen to music and we talk about the show – it’s so big, so we go through everything – the pyro cues and all that stuff. (more…)
Kerrang magazine did a podcast video with John 5 at last weekend’s (June 12) Download Festival.
In the interview John 5 talks about what it’s like to play at an outside venue, what he thinks of festivals as a whole, his love of horror movies and reuniting with Ginger Fish
John 5 also talks to Kerrang about his forthcoming new album “God Told Me To” which he hopes to release near Halloween 2011. And a new single – a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. (more…)
PitXplorer Magazine have released a video interview they made with both John 5 and fellow Rob Zombie band mate Piggy D while they were in Oberhausen Germany recently as part of their European tour schedule.
PitXplorer is an independent rock music magazine in Germany.
Don’t forget to catch John 5 this month (July 2011) in his regular Guitar World feature “Chop Shop”.
As GW describe it:
In this month’s “Chop Shop,” Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 shows you a cool fingerstyle lick in E with some slick bends. (more…)
Check out the latest issue of the Australian Guitar Magazine to read a new interview with John 5.
Volume 85 is out now and has Foo Fighters Dave Grohl on the cover.
Many thanks to forum member Ash for the info.
Earlier in the year, VoiceofRock interviewed John 5 and Rob Zombie while out in Australia at the Soundwave Festival.
The interview was done on the Melbourne leg of the show. (more…)
Check out Frank Bello from Anthrax, who ditched the axe to interview rock stars at the recent Golden Gods.
Here he is talking to Rob Zombie and John 5 on the Black Carpet at the 2011 Revolver Magazine Golden God Awards! (more…)
THE LOWDOWN: JOHN 5 OF ROB ZOMBIE
“Being in this band is such a pleasure. I wouldn’t be anywhere else or in any other band. I just love being here, it’s like a family.” (more…)
While on tour in the UK, Mike Burgess from Metal Express Radio caught up with John 5 for a chat and discussed all manner of topics including working with Rob, having Ginger Fish on board for the US warm up shows, his work with other artists including his work with Rob Halford in Two. He also talks about future projects including working with Skylar Grey, and Sixx AM. Listen NOW (thank you to Blabbermouth for audio):
From AllAxess.com: john-5-the-art-of-malice-chicken-pickin-lesson-now-available/
John 5 “The Art Of Malice” Chicken Pickin Lesson Now Available!
John 5, current guitarist for ROB ZOMBIE, has returned to the camera! Recently, John 5 sat down with “www.allaxess.com” to show us how to play some “chicken pickin” licks from his solo album, “The Art of Malice”.
John 5 goes step by step to ensure you can learn this amazing style with ease!
This video was filmed in Birmingham, UK whilst John 5 was on the ROB ZOMBIE tour, which was conducted in February. Click to (more…)
MusicRadar caught up with 5 during his recent UK tour with Rob Zombie, in support of the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 record, to talk guitar solos.
INTERVIEW: John 5 talks guitar solos
Ed Mitchell, Thu 3 Mar 2011, 11:50 am UTC
Ghostfaced shredder John 5 (born John William Lowery) has proved his soloing abilities with a series of instrumental guitar albums; sideman duties with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and David Lee Roth; and session gigs with artists as diverse as Ricky Martin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Telecaster addict 5 is obviously a hugely adaptable player but he has two distinct personalities as a musician that mark him out from most other rock guitarists. One is his role as a blisteringly fast metal bruiser; the other, a gifted country/bluegrass picker.
MusicRadar caught up with 5 during his recent UK tour with Rob Zombie, in support of the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 record, to talk guitar solos. That is, playing solos and feeling their influence. Speaking of the latter, it turns out that John got his first taste of rock soloing courtesy of a stone cold classic…
“I was such a big Kiss and Van Halen fan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Racer X… all that stuff,” says John. “I loved everybody. I just love music and great guitar players. But the first solo I can remember that I was like, ‘wow, this is awesome’ was Heartbreaker by Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin II, 1969).
“I remember it was so difficult because I was so little and it was such a stretch. I probably learned it when I was 11. Well, I didn’t learn the whole thing just… (sings the first few notes).”
“I thought to myself, there’s already an Yngwie, an Eddie Van Halen and a Steve Vai. How am I going to be different from these players?”
As it happens, the pre-pubescent 5 wasn’t the only shredder in the making who fell under the spell of Page’s legendary improvised solo. Back in 1998, Steve Vai told Guitar World magazine that Heartbreaker had ‘the biggest impact on him’ when he was a kid. “It was defiant, bold, and edgier than hell. It really is the definitive rock guitar solo.” (more…)
SMN.News.com recently go together with John 5 for an interview. You can listen to it below. To find out more go to: http://www.smnnews.com
JOHN 5 is featured in a new interview with Anne Thompsoon at Audiotech Guitar Products. Check it out.
In the run up to the Soundwave 2011 tour next year, John 5 sat down with Annie from the Soundwave website to chat: www.soundwavefestival.com/news/exclusive-interview-john-5-rob-zombie
Best known under his stage name John 5, most music fans would be familiar with John Lowery’s signature guitar work with shock rocker Marilyn Manson and more recently metal’s favourite hellbilly Rob Zombie. Picking up his first guitar at age seven, Lowery was always destined for a life revolving around Rock n Roll. With a career spanning more than twenty years Lowery’s released five solo albums and has worked with the who’s who of the music industry including rock royalty such as Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, The Scorpions and Rob Halford. In 1996 John auditioned and outplayed more than 200 guitarists for a spot in country pop singer KD Lang’s touring band, a position that would see John tour Australia for the first time, three years later he would return to our shores with the outrageous and outspoken Marilyn Manson. Now Australian fans are gearing up for John’s return to Australia this coming February for the highly anticipated and explosive spectacle with Rob Zombie.
2010 has been a busy year for this shredding extraordinaire who has spent most of his time on the road with Rob Zombie touring on the chart topping ‘Hellbilly Deluxe II’, a return to roots album for Zombie which featured the singles ‘What’, ‘Sick Bubblegum’ and ‘Mars Needs Women’. In between touring cycles John found the time to release his fifth solo album ‘The Art of Malice’ an album which showcases some of the finest finger work and blistering techniques ever recorded. After listening to John’s latest offering it’s easy to see why Lowery’s classed as one of the worlds’s leading and most sought after guitar players.
I recently caught up with John 5 to discuss his latest solo album ‘The Art of Malice’ and the recording of ‘Hellbilly Deluxe II’, we also spoke about the upcoming Rob Zombie shows set to hit Australia in February as well as John’s work alongside some of the industry’s finest. Kick back as ‘The Nightmare Unravels’ with one of the world’s finest shredders… John 5 (more…)
Ben Hoskings of LifeMusicMedia recently sat down with John 5 – listen to the interview here,
John was our last interview for the day and time was precious. So we were told that when we saw him to make ourselves known and call out his name so he would know who he was meeting with next. When we saw him we ran over waving our arms like a crazy peeps and got his attention. We all laughed then he joined us at the table. What a gracious, classy guy. It was our pleasure to interview him. Here’s what he had to say!
Musician Photo Journal sat down with John 5 at this year’s Mayhem Festival in Hartford, CT.
We talked about how the production of their shows continue to grow, what’s coming up in the zombie camp including new songs and a tour with Alice Cooper and the Murderdolls this fall plus more….
For more coverage of the Mayhem Festival, visit : musicianphotojournal.com
Tina Hall from Maximum Ink recently interviewed John 5. You can read the interview at their site: maximumink.com/index.php/articles/permalink/john_51
CD: The Art of Malice
Record Label: Rocket Science
by Tina Hall
John 5 is best known for his work as former guitarist for Marilyn Manson and also as guitarist for Rob Zombie. He has one of the most impressive resumes in rock having working with artists like, K.D Lang, Lita Ford, Meatloaf, David Lee Roth, Salt-N-Pepa, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. His latest solo effort is titled “The Art of Malice.” I sat down with him recently to talk music and what he would most like to do otherwise.
Maximum Ink: If you dont mind asking, how did the stage name John 5 come about?
John 5: I became John 5 when I joined Marilyn Manson. He dubbed me that because I was the 5th member to join the group, and yeah, it does have a biblical reference too.
MI: You profess to have an ardent love of Bluegrass. Can you tell us a little about that and why you love it so much?
J5: The reason I love it is it s a different style of playing guitar all together. I enjoy playing different styles. It keeps me entertained and isn’t the same thing over & over.It’s a lot of fun playing country and bluegrass. Chicken picking, banjo rules, double stops, and nice country bends. It’s all very different from rock. The style of playing is fun to experiment with. (more…)