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.
Watch this two part interview by Jam Magazine, conducted backstage at Trees in Dallas, back in November, as John 5 and The Creatures went on their second tour of 2015, to support the release of John 5’s Greatest Hits album release.
To see the videos, click >>> (more…)
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 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!
John 5 recently sat down with Capital Chaos TV to discuss his own career as well as working with Rob Zombie.
“I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing; it’s a true gift“.
To watch, click >>> (more…)
John 5: “I just really enjoy having a guitar around me and being involved with really good musicians.”
Broken Records Online chat with John 5 about touring, why he picked Doyle as his first choice touring partner (“[he’s a] real life superhero“), what defines music for John 5 and how he lights the creative spark.
They also talk about why he created a “Greatest Hits” album and what shaped his career – including speaking about length about his time in Marilyn Manson and his continued work with Rob Zombie; “I’m a sponge. There’s a reason why Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie are so successful. They’re making the right decisions. They understand what’s going on.”
This is a really interesting interview. Enjoy: brokenrecordsonline.com/interviews/john-5
Before his set with The Creatures at The DNA Lounge in San Francisco, our friends at Music Junkie Press had a chance to sit down and catch up with John 5.
They also reviewed the show from that night, saying; “set…was rich in diversity” and they were left in “awe of John’s extraordinary flawless playing“.
To watch the video interview and find out how to read the review and see some amazing images from the night, click >>> (more…)
John 5 speaks to the Phoenix New Times about not getting bored; “How could I ever get bored?” he laughs. “There’s too many crazy and innovative things I’m trying to do“; whether he might burn out with how busy he is: “It’s a very true thing, but I don’t ever notice it,” and about scoring the new Rob Zombie movie 31.
John 5 also talks about his next instrumental record for which he is already 5 songs in and Alice Cooper.
To read the interview in full, go here: phoenixnewtimes.com/john-5s-upcoming-solo-record
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…)
John 5 talks to California Rock News, in this new video interview, from his show at the Discovery Ventura (11/8) about “his current tour and the VIP experience, his new and upcoming releases, including his “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” — a retrospective of 11 years of solo work, the special guests at his tour stop at the Whisky (Rob Zombie, Paul Gilbert and Doyle), the upcoming Tony MacAlpine benefit, his thoughts on music education, his take on YouTube, and, of course, the guitar in general.”
To watch the interview in full, click >>> (more…)
A nice little video interview from Heavy Metal Hill before John 5’s show at The Whiskey in LA, which featured guest appearances from Rob Zombie and Paul Gilbert.
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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
John 5 started his November “Mad Monsters” tour with his band The Creatures – and special guest Doyle – in Ramona last night (Nov 4).
Before that, Digital Diversion had a chat with John 5 about what people can expect from the tour, how he switches gears between Zombie and solo tours, and the real like serial killer memorabilia he collects.
To read the interview in full go to: digitaldiversion.net/2015/11/john-5-ready-for-solo-run
In Episode 13 of Guitar Players’ No Guitar Is Safe podcast, John 5 gets a stunning array of sounds through just a cable, a small practice amp, and his signature model Fender Telecaster.
The podcast includes an interview, and John 5 opens the show performing his song “Villisca.”
You can watch a teaser right after the break. You can get the podcast on soundcloud or iTunes for free. More info by clicking >>> (more…)
It’s Halloween! So what better time for John 5 to chat to Shane Parkey of the Mortis podcast for their spooky special!
Mortis Media is now available on iTunes, Buzzsprout, and Stitcher.
[LISTEN] John 5 talks to GuitCast about music business, his new solo album, new videos and much more
A great new podcast from GuitCast.com with John 5 as he chats about the music business, his new solo album, new videos, Greatest Hits CD, live DVD, national solo tour and a new Rob Zombie album already mixed and mastered.
He also teases about a new solo album. “For an album title he’s leaning towards “Making Monsters”, based on the idea of the old Aurora monster kits. He says the album will be another instrumental album stating “I already have a singer…he’s [Rob Zombie] about as good as it gets”. Backing up John on the new album will be Ian Ross on bass guitar and Rodger Carter on drums.”
To listen to podcast, go to: guitcast.com/episode-39-john-5
A couple of weeks ago we announced that John 5 would be joining Steve Black for a special co-hosted Halloween version of The Chop Shop show.
You can now listen to the full two part stream here: chopshopradio.com/chopshophalloweenspecial15
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…)
Guitar International interviews John 5 – “one of the hardest working musicians on the planet” – as he readies himself for another John 5 and The Creatures tour, with special guest Doyle. John 5 is also set to release his first Greatest Hits album, and the three new tracks that will be featured on that album; “Behind the Nut,” “Mad Monster Party,” and “The Black Grass Plague”.
To read the interview in full, go to: guitarinternational.com/john-5-learning-is-my-drug
Watch this interview from syracuseskullcollective with John 5, filmed as the Zombie crew played at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena earlier this month.
He talks to the guys about touring, home life and horror. He also talks about his time with Manson, what inspires him and who his dream tour partner is.
To watch the interview in all and see how to read a review from that show, click >>> (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…)