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 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 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
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…)
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…)
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/
Everyone at Team John 5 is stoked to announce that John 5 has been nominated in the Artist of the Year category for this year’s Vintage Guitar magazine Readers Choice Awards!
John says “thank you to all my loyal fans!I am so humbled to be nominated and it would be such an honor to get this award especially since its you guys – the fans that have been with me every step of the way – that can make this happen“.
The deadline to vote is November 12, and everyone who votes becomes eligible to win a Magnatone Varsity Reverb combo worth $2,099!
So get your votes in now – and often: www.vintageguitar.com/readers-choice
John 5 is to celebrate 11 years of solo work with a Greatest Hits album (Volume One). The album will include a live DVD, featuring footage of John 5 in concert.
He will also be releasing three brand new singles, the first of which comes out on October. The album will be available on iTunes from October 31 and the physical copy with the DVD from the official John 5 store from Black Friday (November 27). Please note live footage only available with physical CD.
Tickets are beginning to be available, and you can find links on the tour page. VIP M&G’s are also available at the John 5 store.
Tour Page: http://john-5.com/main/tour/
John 5 Store: http://john-5.com/store/
To view the track listing in full for Volume one, click >>> (more…)
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