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…)
J5 speaks to regenmag: “You just have to keep up with the way people are absorbing music and get it to them in the best way possible”
In another great interview, John 5 speaks to regenmag.com about “his career and his music, touching on his love for Fender Telecasters, his rigorous touring routine, and how he has survived the changes in the music industry.”
He also sheds light on what its like to work with Rob Zombie; “It’s comfortable enough to be able to say, ‘This is good,’ or ‘That’s not good,’ or to say, ‘This is great, let’s use this!’” and todays audience’s greater acceptance of different styles of music; “I love all sorts of music – country, bluegrass, flamenco, and I think it’s important to present all of that and inspire people along the way.”
To read the interview in full go to: regenmag.com/interviews/john-5-interview-hail-to-the-king-of-blackgrass/
John 5 joins LoudandHeavy.com for a chat before he hits the road with John 5 and The Creatures, for which a portion of the tour will include special guest Doyle.
John chats about “his current and upcoming tours, his favorite shock rock artists and more“.
To listen to the interview, go to: loudandheavy.com/john-5/
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/
Before heading out on tour, John 5 gave a phone interview to our friends at Music Junkie Press. They talk about his forthcoming tour with the Creatures and guest Doyle, plus lots more.
He even donated a pair of tickets to his upcoming concert for their raffle to benefit the victims of the recent Valley Fire at MJP‘s Valley Fire Benefit Concert.
You can listen to the interview in full by clicking here >>> (more…)
John 5 shares with Classic Rock Magazine the guitar albums that influenced, inspired and moved him. The list which includes Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Maphis are the albums that as John explains “….really inspired me and challenged the way I think about the guitar“.
John 5, as many fans will know has had an eclectic career, working across many genres, with many different kinds of artists. It therefore makes sense when he explains to Classic Rock about his music tastes; “I just love diversity….I guess I get bored easily. Don’t just give me the same thing all the time – mix it up.” This holds true for John’s taste in guitar albums: “A great guitar album has to have diversity,” he says. “If I’m going to listen to a record from start to finish, I need somebody to take me on a journey. Bring me on an adventure. If you can do that, you’re more than a great guitar player – you’re a musician.”
Go to Classic Rock to read the full interview and what John chooses as his essentials and why! https://classicrock.teamrock.com/features/2015-10-06/john-5-s-5-essential-guitar-albums
This is one of those interviews worth taking the time over. Before he sets out on two tours – one with The Creatures and the other with Rob Zombie; John 5 chatted to Screamer Magazine about EVERYTHING.
In this truly career spanning interview, John 5 talks about growing up, the Manson years, his early days in LA, his influences, family, Zombie and his solo career.
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…)
Dates will include stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles.
To find out more about the dates, 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…)
[Watch] Stormbringerzine talks to J5 about his solo music, The Lords of Salem, influences and The Creatures
A little interview which was conducted with John 5 in Vienna on his birthday (July 31) with Stormbringerzine.
They talk about Careful With That Axe, his many influences (including musical and horror Movies) and he delivers a little insight into Rob Zombie’s previous movie The Lords of Salem especially regarding THAT Black Metal band that appeared in the film.
And listen out for a John 5 and The Creatures bit of news….
To watch the interview in full, click >>> (more…)
Check out this interview from Fret12 with John 5 as he discusses his career to date, how he got started, his big break and more.
To watch the interview in full, and find out how to connect with more John 5 photos and videos, click >>> (more…)