As part of MusicRadar’s 30 day guitar challenge, John 5 shares his own guest lesson including string-skipped arpeggios and tapping in both rhythm and lead playing.
“This month, John takes us through his approaches to quintessential rock techniques string skipping and tapping. His speed is utterly ferocious at times, but we’d urge you to stick with the lesson even if up-tempo playing isn’t your bag.
All of John’s examples in this month’s video lesson can be distilled down to simple ideas, each less than a bar of music in length, which can then be moved around the fretboard to create more sophisticated licks. Focusing on these basic ideas will help you to put together your own more advanced creations.“
The lessons have previously been shared via Total Guitar but MusicRadar have compiled a series of lessons plus musical sheets and write-ups. To watch the video lessons, and find out more, click >>> (more…)
John 5 has joined up with his buddies from The Creatures – Rodger Carter (Doghouse Studios) and Ian Ross – to film a video for a brand new John 5 track entitled “Black Grass Plague”. The video is directed and produced by Jonny Coffin with filming taking place this past weekend in North Hollywood.
To see some more behind the scenes images, click: (more…)
John 5 is teaming up with the amazing cellist Tina Guo (if you’re not sure just check out her performance with Bear McCreary here). John will be performing on Tina’s cover of Iron Man, for which she shared the above photo on her Facebook page, as John laid down his solo’s at his home this past week.
Her “Cello Metal” album is two years in the making and will be Guo’s first full length all-Metal/Industrial album.
For more, facebook.com/TinaGuoMusic
A new documentary called “Hired Gun” is currently in post production. “Hired Gun is a compelling film about a unique fraternity of musicians that possess uncommon musical ability, but who made a conscious decision to make a living playing music in relative obscurity. Occasionally, one of them makes the big time and becomes a star in their own right.”
For the documentary, John 5 – who has worked with Dave Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Meatloaf, Rod Stewart – to name but a few – will be interviewed – along with friend and front-man Rob Zombie (still from interview footage above) .
You can find out more about the documentary here: http://www.hiredgundoc.com
John 5 will be helping Kirk “Von” Hammett out at this years “Fear FestEvil“, as a panel participant. The event, which takes place in San Jose on April 10 – 12, sees Hammett share his passion for horror – a passion that has ‘spawned a legendary collection of horror memorabilia‘ – with likeminded fans, in a celebration of all things horror.
John 5, as well as bring a panel participant, will be available, with Kirk and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, for signings on the Saturday and Sunday (for those with VIP Tickets). 5 is a lifelong fan of the classic Universal monster series – a passion that has himself seen the acquisition of a series of custom Tele paint-jobs by Jason Oberley.
To find out more about the event go to: www.fearfestevil.com/
To get tickets (and VIP will go fast!), go to: ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5588465&pl
Guitar World are conducting their annual readers poll, and John 5 is nominated under TWO categories: Best Shred Album for Careful With That Axe, and Best Shredder. This is a READERS POLL AWARD – based on votes from you guys, THE FANS – the people who help make what John does every day a dream job.
Lets help make it a double and VOTE (again and again and again). To cast your vote go to: http://guitarworld.polldaddy.com/s/2014-guitar-world-readers-poll
Careful with that Axe is arriving on CD! Available to order Black Friday, 28th November. Exclusive to the John-5.com/store.
You can order signed or unsigned editions. CD’s shipping out in the first week of December all over the world.
So what did you think to the John 5 and the Creatures streaming shows? Did you have fun? Great day – share your thoughts – already seeing great feedback on Facebook and Twitter – thank you!
Thanks to all involved including Chris Broderick Rodger Carter, Larry Dennison, Nineteen76-Designs, Fender Guitar, BOSS U.S., Dean Markley Strings, StageIt, and Livecast
FIRST EVER WORLD-WIDE WEBCAST PERFORMANCE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH . HOSTED BY CHRIS BRODERICK OF MEGADETH. Tickets On sale September 18, 2014
Kick off the Halloween season, October 18th as John 5 and The Creatures lead you by the hand down the dark corridors of John 5’s mind and into the nightmarish world of the creatures. This is John 5’s first-ever live solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including live performances of tracks from his new studio album Careful With That Axe, released August 12th through 60 Cycle Hum.
John 5 will be joining Rick Springfield and a host of other special guests, for a benefit concert to help Ruben Velasco, who has served as guitar tech to both John and Rick over the years. Ruben is currently battling stage 4 cancer, and the concert, which will take place at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on August 20, is to help raise awareness, and much needed funds to help Ruben in this fight. Other guests will include; Bruce Kulick, Kenny Aronoff, James Lomenzo and Gilby Clarke. The M/C for the night will be Tony Scott from KLOS. Click here for Rock For Ruben tickets! If you can’t attend or want to donate, go to: http://www.youcaring.com/RubensCancerFund
VIP packages are also available, as well as a great auction for many great signed items. To find out more, click (more…)
Careful With That Axe is available from tomorrow on Amazon, iTunes and all decent digital music retailers. But in case you can’t wait, our friends at Guitar World have uploaded this Live Session video of John 5, Rodger Carter (drums) and Matt Wilson (bass), playing one of the tracks from the album; Jerrys Breakdown (written by Jerry Reed for the Chet Aitkens/Jerry Reed guitar duet album ‘Me and Chet‘). This is the second live session released by John 5, the first being for This Is My Rifle
The video is directed by Jonny Coffin (Coffin Case owner). Be on the lookout for more from John 5 and Coffin; they’re working on a horror miniseries called Tales from the Crossroads.
Watch the video after the jump >>> (more…)
Check out this VERY cool UNCUT LIVE session video taken from the studio, of John 5 performing the single “This Is My Rifle” from his new album “Careful With That Axe”. Directed by Mr Jonny Coffin, it features Rodger Carter on drums and Dylan Wilson playing bass. Filmed at The Doghouse Studios in LA earlier in the year, the video is part of a collaborative project developed for this album by Jonny Coffin and John 5.
To view the video in full and see full video information click >>>
John 5 fans, you can now pre-order the eighth John 5 album, ‘Careful With That Axe’ from Amazon. Out on August 12 from 60 Cycle Hum records, it features a 10 new tracks from the shred master himself.
More details about the release can be found here: john-5-reveals-complete-details-about-careful-with-that-axe/
Pre-order TODAY: http://smarturl.it/CarefulWithThatAxe
(Also available from iTunes and other reputable digital music sellers)
From the darkest corners of the twisted mind and imagination of guitarist John 5, comes his new masterpiece Careful With That Axe, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed God Told Me To. Released digitally on August 12, 2014, through 60 Cycle Hum, Careful With That Axe is John 5’s eighth solo album and features Rodger Carter on drums and Matt Bissonette on bass.
The album’s first single, entitled “This Is My Rifle,” will be digitally released on June 17th, the same day pre-orders go up for Careful With That Axe at all online participants. (more…)
John 5 has given our friends at Revolver Magazine, first dibs on the first single from his new album ‘Careful With That Axe’ – ‘This Is My Rifle’.
‘Careful with that Axe,’ will be released digitally on August 12 via 60 Cycle Hum. ‘This Is My Rifle’ will be available digitally on June 17 everywhere digital music is available.
Listen to the track in full here: revolvermag.com/john-5-premieres-new-song-this-is-my-rifle
As part of the release of John 5’s next studio solo album, “Careful With That Axe“, he has teamed up with Coffin Case owner and filmmaker Jonny Coffin to create a mini-series called “Tales From The Crossroads“.
More information will be coming VERY SOON about this, but in the meantime remember to pre-order the first single to be released from the new album, called “This Is My Rifle”: http://smarturl.it/ThisIsMyRifleJ5
To see the full teaser poster, click >>> (more…)
Check out this cool behind the scenes photo by Jonny Coffin as he films John 5 laying down tracks and video for the next solo album ‘Careful With That Axe“. The album is scheduled for a late summer release and the first single ‘Here is my Rifle” will be out June 17 on iTunes and everywhere that sells digital tunes!
Jonny Coffin says: “The edit looks amazing and I’m filming some more video bits this week…. more to come!”
John 5’s brand new single ‘This is my Rifle’, from the forthcoming single ‘Careful with that Axe’ will be available from June 17 on iTunes and everywhere that digital music is available.
The brand new single artwork includes a photo by Ray Gutierrez of StrangeBeautifulArt, who John 5 fans will remember took the photos for the album ‘The Art of Malice’
It was announced via a teaser video, posted on his official website, on Friday (16 May), that Rob Zombie will be working on a new mysterious project called ‘31‘. The film career spanning video, finishes with a cryptic view of a painted mask and the title.
Late last night John 5 announced via his Instagram that he had been picked by Zombie to score the film, making this the second film project John has scored on for Rob (the first being 2013’s The Lords of Salem). In his confirmation message, John said, “Well it’s official Rob has hired me to do the score to his next movie 31, I’m very honored and excited.”
For more information, sign up at robzombie.com to the mailing list to get up-to-date info on this new venture.
John 5 has announced the name of the first single from his new album, Careful With That Axe, which he has been in the studio to lay down the tracks this Spring. The first single, entitled “Here is My Rifle“, will come out in late July (as will the new album). John 5 has already been filming a video for the single with Coffin Case owner Jonny Coffin (see after the jump for images from Jonny Coffin’s Instagram for sneak peak behind the scene images.
John 5 recently spoke to Loudwire about the album; “Well it’s coming out at the end of July and it’s called ‘Careful With That Axe’ and it’s just crazy, man. ‘Careful With That Axe’ and all the song titles are related around axe murders and stuff, so it all comes around and makes sense.“. He also said this about the single “Well with my record it’s going to be ‘This Is My Rifle.’ It’s really cool and I think people are going to just eat it up.”
To view sneak peek images from Jonny Coffin click here >. (more…)
Before he goes back on the road with Rob Zombie for touring, John 5 went back to The Doghouse Studio in Los Angeles on Friday (28 March) to continue to lay down tracks for his next solo album, Careful with that Axe. John 5 is joined in the studio and on the album by Rodger Carter (drummer/owner of The Doghouse), bassist Dylan Wilson and a few guests whom you may or may not know – more news on guest appearances coming in the future.
Keep an eye out for more news in the future and see some more of the shots from Esteban by clicking >> (more…)
As well as being locked in the studio to begin working on his new solo album “Careful with that Axe“, John 5 has teamed up with Jonny Coffin (Coffin Case founder) for what Jonny describes as “shooting and directing the John 5 miniseries for the new upcoming j5 solo album / DVD”. Coffin previously worked with John 5 on the DVD for God Told Me To in 2012. He says in regards to the new DVD “this one will be a Monster!!”.
Now he has posted a picture of himself tracking the new album in the Doghouse Studios in LA. You can see that above. Watch out for more news soon!
The brand new photo book from Rob Zombie and photographer Rob Fenn, which showcases photos never released to the public, is now available from Rob Fenn’s site musicthroughthelens for pre-order. It will be a timeless book not only to Rob Zombie fans, but music fans everywhere.
The 12″ x 9″, 272 page, hard cover photo book will be released May 20, 2014, and can be yours for $49.95. You can also get it as part of a pre order bundle that includes an autograph 18″ x 24″ Rob Zombie Canvas and the photo book for $125.00.
ORDER THE BOOK: musicthroughthelens.com/zombie-horror-picture-show
ORDER THE BUNDLE: musicthroughthelens.com/product/photo-book-autograph-canvas