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John 5 donates stage worn gear to help raise funds for guitar techs cancer fund

John 5 auction charity Ruben

John 5 auction charity Ruben

JOHN 5 has donated his personal tour props while on this current tour with ROB ZOMBIE to benefit Ruben Velasco, his beloved friend and guitar tech extraordinaire, who has been fighting for his life since being diagnosed with cancer in 2014. He was diagnosed with stage four cancer and like a champ has been battling the disease! Right now Ruben needs a lot more medical care and chemo.

JOHN 5 has given his personal 666 guitar strap custom made for him and 3 of his custom made masks he wears on stage – This is a collectors dream!!

**BLACK LEATHER MASK – 100% leather custom made for JOHN 5 in 2013 – it is a one of a kind and has worn this in every concert performed since 2013

** 2 WHITE MASKS – JOHN 5 himself painted by hand – He wears these masks in every show

** LEATHER 666 GUITAR STRAP – Custom made for him by Red Monkey – JOHN 5 has used this strap in every show since 2006

Larger scale images of all items can be seen on the eBay auction.

You can bid here: ebay.com/itm/JOHN-5-of-ROB-ZOMBIE-GUITAR-STRAP-MASKS*

You can help raise funds via Ruben’s Just Giving campaign here: youcaring.com/ruben-velasco

*This charity auction is running through ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, 501c3


John 5 releases new video Here’s To The Crazy Ones

John 5 Heres To The Crazy Ones

It’s May 1st and what better way to end the weekend than to release a new John 5 and The Creatures video and single.

Here’s To The Crazy Ones” is the latest offering from John 5, Rodger Carter and Ian Ross.  It is inspired by the classic Planet of The Apes franchise. The video is again directed by Lord Zane and features some brilliant make-up by Laney Chantal, Miranda Jory and Karloffornia Casey.

You can buy the track as a single wherever digital music is sold, or follow this link: http://smarturl.it/Herestothecrazyones to purchase from your countries iTunes (please note some iTunes stores will have the track later so please keep checking back).


John 5 reveals artwork for ‘Here’s To The Crazy Ones”

Here's to the Crazy Ones

Here's to the Crazy Ones
As you may recall, John 5 announced the name of his new single – ‘Here’s To The Crazy Ones” – earlier this week. He also showcased some behind the scenes images from the video also to be released. The new track is out May 1

You can now see the artwork, which like the video, is inspired by the classic Planet of the Apes films. The single cover has been designed by Piggy D.

To see the artwork in full, click >>>  (more…)


John 5 announces new video “Here’s To The Crazy Ones”

John 5 and The Creatures Heres to the Crazy Ones video

John 5 and The Creatures Heres to the Crazy Ones video

John 5 and The Creatures have been monkeying around on set with Lord Zane, as a new video is put together for the May video/single release “Here’s To The Crazy Ones“.

The video is – as you can guess – is inspired by Planet of the Apes, and features make-up & prosthetics By Laney Chantel & Casey Wong.

Watch a small announcement from John 5 and The Creatures from the set of the shoot and a few images from the day too, by clicking >>>  (more…)


WATCH new video NOW FEAR THIS

John 5 Now Fear This.

It’s April, it’s the beginning of the month, but this is no April Fool.  This is the brand new video from John 5 featuring The Creatures. The new track NOW FEAR THIS, is directed and edited by Matt Zane of Lord Zane Productions. Choreography and dancing by Mallory Gutierrez.

It’s also available to buy as a single wherever digital music is sold.

iTunes have it right now: http://smarturl.it/NowFearThis (you will be taken to the iTunes of your country – please note some iTunes release this later than other countries)


J5 to release new track “Now Fear This” April 1 at john-5.com

John 5 Now Fear This.

John 5 Now Fear This.

Set the date for your calendars as John 5 will be releasing his fourth video/single “Now Fear This” and you will be able to see the video EXCLUSIVELY here at john-5.com.

The single will be available the same day from anywhere that sells music digitally. The video has been directed by Matt Zane.

And don’t forget, all the recent John 5 and The Creatures videos can be seen just by visiting our homepage – all you have to do is watch one video and the next one will automatically load after.


‘Making Monsters’, the new video from John 5, premieres

John 5 Making Monsters

John 5 Making Monsters

John 5 has released his third video this year, with his band The Creatures.  This time he unleashes ‘Making Monsters’, directed by Jonny Coffin and Matt Zane, which features stop-motion sequences.  The video took about six months to make and features several of John 5’s favourite Universal Monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. There’s also a very sweet tribute to Vampira – the late Maila Nurmi, who some will remember had a small part in John 5’s DVD released a few years ago, The Devil Knows My Name.

The video has been premiered at Guitar World and Guitar Player and will be available to view – along with the other releases from this year – at John-5.com in a few days.

The track is also available to purchase from anywhere that sells music digitally.


J5 to release video & single, “Making Monsters” March 1

Making Monsters John 5

Making Monsters John 5

John 5 will be releasing a third single – following up from Jan’s Black Grass Plague and Feb’s Behind The Nut Love – on March 1. The single, “Making Monsters” is another The Creatures (Rodger Carter and Ian Ross) collaboration. The video is directed by Jonny Coffin and Matt Zane, and will feature some awesome stop-motion work.

John 5 has teamed up with Guitar World and Guitar Player, who will both be releasing the video exclusively on their sites, and it will be available at john-5.com three days later.

The song Making Monsters will also be available to download wherever you can purchase digital music.

You can check out the full single artwork, just by clicking >>>  (more…)


John 5 contributes to new Ace Frehley album

John 5 Ace Frehley

John 5 Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley is releasing a new album of covers, entitled Origins Vol. 1. The album features covers of tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Thin Lizzy and The Stones and other artists that Frehley has been inspired by.  Long-time friend John 5 collaborates on two tracks from the album; Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Music” and KISS’ “Parasite,”. Frehley was wowed by John 5’s performance; “He inspired me and obviously I inspire him. It was a lot of fun.”

The album comes out on April 15, also sees guest appearances from Lita Ford, Slash, Mike McCready and Ace Frehley’s former bandmate, KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

Find out more at acefrehley.com/


Watch the new video from John 5 and The Creatures; ‘Behind The Nut Love’

Rob Fenn John 5

Rob Fenn John 5

Our friends at Fender.com have exclusively revealed the video for the new John 5 and The Creatures song, ‘Behind The Nut Love’ and you can watch it now, HERE. (The video will be available at john-5.com from Feb 3rd).

The song is a reworking of the track which originally appeared on the John 5 solo album Songs For Sanity. This version has been a favorite on recent John 5 and The Creatures tours. The video itself has been directed by Lord Zane. The track is also available anywhere digital music is sold.

Speaking to Fender.com, John says “I always wanted to be a lap steel player because I loved Hee-Haw and that stuff. I loved the sound of it. This is my tribute to that instrument.”

I tuned the guitar to an E major chord because with a pedal steel, when you’re working the pedals, it’s to an open chord. And I just started messing around. This was the result.”

The track will be available later in the year as part of the next John 5 album, “Guitars, T!ts, And Monsters”.


John 5 to release new video and single Feb 1

Behind The Nut Love

Behind The Nut Love

On February 1, John 5 will release the 2nd of a total three new videos and digital singles. The new track entitled Behind The Nut Love, is another made with his band The Creatures (Ian Ross and Rodger Carter).

Speaking of the release, John says; “On February 1st, I will have a new song and a new video for you guys to check out, the video will premiere on Fender.com . The song will be available anywhere digital music is sold. And the video was directed by @lordzane . Hope you guys dig it.”

The video will be available to view at john-5.com a couple of days later. Keep it locked to the site for more news.

To see the full single artwork, designed by Piggy D, click >>>  (more…)


VOTE BLACK GRASS PLAGUE – MUST END FRIDAY

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WE NEED YOUR VOTES! John 5 and The Creatures “Black Grass Plague” is included in this week’s Loudwire Battle Royale to determine this week’s Top 10 Rock and Metal videos. The battle runs the full week through Friday January 15 11AM EST. Fans can vote once per hour via social networks and website.

So that means click this link, once an hour, every hour until FRIDAY!!!!

http://loudwire.com/battle-royale-earthside-mob-mentality-completes-hall-of-fame-run-video-countdown/

And in case you’ve missed the video (where – have – you – been!!!), then click >>>  (more…)


J5 releases music video & digital single download for new single ‘Black Grass Plague’

John 5 Black Grass Plague video

John 5 Black Grass Plague video

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great holiday.

To celebrate the new year, John 5 has released the video for his new ‘John 5 and The Creatures’ track, “Black Grass Plague“. The track is also available from all good stockists of digital music download sale distributors.

The video, directed by Coffin Case founder, and long-time John 5 collaborator, Jonny Coffin, received its new year premiere at GuitarPlayer.com and GuitarWorld.com. Guitar World call the track “country-metal thunder”. Speaking about the song, John 5 says; “This one of my favorite songs I’ve tracked recently. It’s got electric mandolin, banjo, and a ton of guitar on it, and the main guitar, bass, and drum parts were tracked entirely live, so I think it has a great feel to it. I think it’s the perfect mixture of heavy rock and crazy country.” And talking about th video production, John explains; “We filmed it in a warehouse right next to Jonny’s place. It was swelteringly hot in there that day, but we got through it, and if anything, the heat contributed to the energy in the video. The star-shaped stage with all the neon lights is actually Elton John’s piano riser,” continues 5. “It turns out you can rent it. Who knew? Thank you, Elton!”

You can watch the video, here and here, or to view on site, click >>>  (more…)


John 5 and The Creatures to play NAMMJam 2016

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John 5 and the Creatures will be making a headline appearance at NAMMJam 2016.

Now in its seventh year, the NAMMJam is considered a must-attend event by music’s most influential industry professionals, artists, media and fans.

The invite only party, will feature an evening of music, fashion and more, and takes place on Friday, January 22, at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Proceeds from NAMMJam, will go to the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.  A “live” silent auction will also take place featuring an eclectic array of music memorabilia, VIP experiences, unique collectibles, original art pieces and more, all donated by sponsors and music industry notables.

For more information, follow along on Twitter and Facebook.


[Watch] John 5 and The Creature’s set at the Benefit for Tony MacAlpine

John 5 Tony MacAlpine

John 5 Tony MacAlpine

Last weekend’s Benefit for Tony MacAlpine was a huge success and has raised a lot of money to help Tony as he fights cancer.

John 5 was there that night with The Creatures, as well as a host of stars including Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai. And you can watch that set and find out how to watch more video from the show at The Wiltern in a moment.

But don’t forget, you can still bid on the outfit John has worn hundreds of times for Rob Zombie live shows, here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221969139008

Go on – it’s for a great cause!

Now to watch the video’s, click >>>  (more…)


John 5 donates Zombie tour stage outfit to the Benefit for Tony Macalpine

Benefit for Tony MacAlpine John 5

Benefit for Tony MacAlpine John 5

John 5 has donated his stage outfit to be auctioned as part of the Benefit for Tony MacAlpine.

John wore this on the most recent Rob Zombie 2014-2015 tours, and has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.

Speaking about the decision to donate, John says; “I’m putting up my stage outfit to help raise money for my good friend Tony MacAlpines Cancer fund. I wore this outfit for hundreds of shows it’s in tons of pictures happy bidding.”

The outfit will be auctioned on eBay from December 12, 2015, Pacific Time and will end December 19. You can find out more, here: http://www.tonymacalpine.com/benefitfortony/john-5/

John 5 will be joining Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan and a host of other musicians as a benefit concert, this Saturday in LA. Find out more here: john-5.com/j5-signs-up-for-benefit-show/

You can view the outfit in full with John, by clicking here >>>  (more…)


John 5 reveals cover for Black Grass Plague

Black Grass Plague teaser

Black Grass Plague teaser

John 5 will be releasing a brand new single and video in January 2016. The song is entitled “Black Grass Plague” and is the first single with his band The Creatures.

The video will be premiered on guitarplayer.com and guitarworld.com. The single will be available at all reputable digital download stores.

You can now view the full cover, designed by Piggy D, by clicking >>>  (more…)


John 5 to release new video and song in the new year

John 5 Music Junkie Press

John 5 Music Junkie Press

John 5 will be welcoming in 2016 with a song called “Blackgrass Plague“.

There will be a video release on the same day to accompany the track.

Keep it here at john-5.com for more news COMING SOON!


[Watch] Classic John 5 “Chop Shop” lesson: Sweep picking, sliding finger taps and more

John 5 Chop Shop

John 5 Chop Shop

A little classic John 5 from Guitar Worlds’s Chop Shop, where he shares his lesson on sweep picking, a sliding finger tap, pinch harmonics and behind-the-nut string bending.

To watch the video of the lesson and find out how to read the full lesson with notations and instructions from John 5, click >>>  (more…)


[WATCH] John 5 performs his cover of “Beat It”

John 5 plays Beat It

John 5 plays Beat It

Watch some great footage from John 5 and The Creatures recent show at the Discovery on Venture, CA as they perform John’s cover of the Michael Jackson hit “Beat It”.

The video comes from California Rock News’ video footage of the show that night.

Tickets and Meet and Greets for the Creatures are still available here: http://john-5.com/store/

To watch the video in full, click >>>  (more…)


John 5 signs up for Tony MacAlpine Benefit Show

Tony Macalpine

Tony Macalpine

John 5 will join Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Mike Portney, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian, to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard master Tony MacAlpine, who has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Taking place at the Wiltern Theater in LA in December 12 at 7pm, the Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will include an extraordinary music event hosted by That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk. There will also be an auction where Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens and Joe Satriani have donated their personal guitars to be auctioned during the event.

Speaking about the event, John 5 says: “Tony has been such an inspiration to me. He’s an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this.”

Tickets are on sale 10 a.m. PT November 7 via LiveNation.com, and all proceeds will go to help Tony and his family. In addition, a GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.

Ticket link: concerts.livenation.com/event/09004F64D7A62B14


J5’S NEW ARTIST SERIES STRINGS DEBUT FROM DEAN MARKLEY

John 5 Dean Markley

John 5 Dean Markley

Dean Markley USA announces the new John 5 artist series set of electric guitar strings. The nickel plated strings feature his personal favorite 9-42 gauges. From screaming distortion to clean bell-like tones, these strings deliver for John. As he states, “I feel very confident knowing I have Dean Markley strings on my guitar.” The new line is now available through authorized local retailers, distributors, and at the john-5.com store SOON.   (more…)


The Chop Shop unleashes ‘Halloween Horror’ with John 5 and Steve Black

John 5 Ray Gutierrez

John 5 Ray Gutierrez

Envision Networks®’ The Chop Shop is ready to trick and treat listeners with the 2015 Chop Shop Halloween Special with Steve Black and John 5. This FREE Special will feature two full hours of killer tunes, classic movie drops and more to get you into the Halloween spirit. Chop Shop host Steve Black will have special co-host John 5, current guitarist from Rob Zombie and formerly guitarist for Marilyn Manson, along as co-pilot for the terrifying ride.

Few people in the rock world have the same passion for both music and all things Halloween as John 5, so I’m thrilled he agreed to co-host,” Black “When I asked John if we should make this an annual event he said, ‘NO! I think we should make it a daily event.’”  (more…)


Pre-order J5s Greatest Hits album on iTunes

John 5 Greatest Hits

John 5 Greatest Hits

John 5’s Greatest Hits album is out on October 31st on iTunes.  You can pre-order it now: http://smarturl.it/j5greatesthitsv1

The album features John 5’s favorites from his solo albums and celebrates 11 years as a solo artist.

You can also pre-order the physical album, which will include full gig DVD from John 5 and The Creatures early 2015 tour at the official store: http://john-5.com/store/