FOR AUCTION: Personal John 5 guitar signed by John 5, Rob Zombie & friends for the Ruben Velasco Legacy Fund
As many of you will recall, a few months ago, John 5’s good friend Ruben Valesco – also his guitar tech on many tours – passed away after a valiant fight against stage 4 cancer. Since then the Ruben Velasco Legacy Fund has been set up in honor of him and his love of protecting the health and safety of animals.
John 5 has given away this very personal gift to the charity to be auctioned – a gold Squier Telecaster named “Son of Goldie” (in reference to his main gold Telecaster people see him with) and has got a bunch of friends to sign it too.
This was his personal instrument for many years, played on stage while on tour with Rob Zombie. Several marks on the guitar show the instrument’s well-worn patina and recall his frenetic head-banging style. Accompanying its authentic marks are autographs from his fellow musicians: Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), and John 5 himself.
This rare piece of music memorabilia is a vision in gold, and comes with a matching headstock, hardware, and a mirrored pickguard. Sales from this guitar will benefit The Fur and Feather Animal Sanctuary and Ruben’s Legacy.
You can bid for it here: ifonly.com/music/squier-telecaster-guitar-signedjohn-5-rob-zombie
Auctions ends end of September.
As John 5 fans will have noticed, the latest John 5 and The Creatures single “Hell Haw” was missing a video. This is because touring etc has meant things have been delayed a little BUT never fear, HELL HAW is here! The video release has been timed to coincide with John 5’s birthday (today July 31). Don’t forget to leave him a happy birthday message here, or on twitter or Facebook.
The video, directed and edited by Matt Zane of Lord Zane Productions, features guest appearances from Red Hot Rita, Piggy D, Dr Ood, Mad Mad Mindy, Grandpa Bob Bob, Sasha Sin and Howdy Hell. The Creatures are Rodger Carter (Drums) and Ian Ross (Bass)
Don’t forget you can purchase the single from wherever digital music is sold.
Please note, for our younger viewers, there are some jokes in the beginning part of the video which may be seen as mildly adult in nature.
John 5 and The Creatures have been sharing some behind the scenes images from their video to Hell Haw – a single released at the beginning of June, but due to John 5 being on the road, a video was not able to be released at the time.
Directed again by the brilliant Lord Zane, the video will feature a few guest appearances – including Rob Zombie bassist Piggy D in full Count mode.
Don’t forget to keep it locked to john-5.com to find out when the video is being released.
To see the behind the scenes images, please click >>> (more…)
It’s June 1st and that means you can now get the new John 5 and The Creatures track, “Hell Haw I.G.R.” from all places digital music is sold.
Here is the link to purchase the track right now from iTunes: http://smarturl.it/hellhawigr
Enjoy! And don’t forget to let John 5 know what you think to the track, here on the site or on Facebook, Twitter etc.
John 5 and The Creatures are releasing a new track on June 1st called ‘Hell Haw I.G.R‘. The track will be available anywhere digital music is sold, and the artwork for the single is by Piggy D and Sean O’Hill.
To see the artwork for the single in full, click >>> (more…)
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
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).
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 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…)
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)
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.
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 track is also available to purchase from anywhere that sells music digitally.
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.
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…)
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/
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”.
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…)
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!!!!
And in case you’ve missed the video (where – have – you – been!!!), then click >>> (more…)
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!”
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.
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 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 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.
You can now view the full cover, designed by Piggy D, by clicking >>> (more…)
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!
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…)