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…)
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