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John 5 talks about his solo tour: “The shows have been great. The crowds have been great.”

John 5 Amy Sticker

Backstageaxxess caught up with John 5 recently in the midst of his solo tour, to discuss his latest album, his solo tour, The Creatures, the release of his upcoming album with Rob Zombie and the selling off his KISS poster collection.

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To read the interview in full: backstageaxxess.com/backstage/Interview.php/John-5–2015

Guitarist extraordinaire John 5 (David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), is in the midst of his first ever solo tour. The tour is going so well, it’s been extended through March and includes a stop in Rochester, New York, on March 7th. With seven (7) solo albums under his belt, he has plenty of material to wow audiences wherever he goes. The spellbinding instrumental pieces on his latest album “Careful with that Axe” are not to be missed. Join us as we discuss his latest album, his solo tour, The Creatures, the release of his upcoming album with Rob Zombie and the selling off his KISS poster collection.

DH: Hello John! Welcome to Backstageaxxess.com and thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. 

J5: Well thank you for having me. Good to talk to you!

DH: I know you’re busy and aside from your solo tour, rumor has it that you’re also making a new album with Rob Zombie. 

J5: Well actually, I’m not sure when the album will come out, but it’s done.

DH: You have seven (7) guitar albums under your belt, the latest being “Careful with that Axe.” This is your first ever solo tour! What made you wait so long?

J5: I never really had the time with everything going on but this time Rob is making a horror movie called “31” and I had some time so I thought, I’m going to book some instrumental shows. It’s been going so great! I was very hesitant of it but it’s been going phenomenal. The shows have been great. The crowds have been great. So, uhmm, I couldn’t be happier. It’s a little cold but other than that, everything’s perfect.

DH: And you’ve extended the tour because of the response you’re getting or just because you happen to have the time to do it?

J5: A little bit of both (laughter). Everyone was enjoying it and we were getting offers so we extended it a bit and it went perfect.

DH: How does touring with your own band “The Creatures” differ from touring with Rob Zombie?

J5: The hotels are a lot different. The hotels aren’t as nice and there’s a lot involved in getting everything done just right. I’m doing everything myself so it’s a lot of work but we’re all having a great time!

DH: As long as you’re having a great time, that’s what counts. Would you tell us more about The Creatures…Rodger Carter and Ian Ross. How long have you been playing together?

J5: Well, Rodger Carter has been around for a while and he was on “Careful With That Axe,” the latest record. Matt Bissonette played bass on the record but plays for Elton John and I needed a bass player so I went and auditioned a bunch of bass players and there was Ian, who hit it right on the money. He’s brand new to it. It’s our first tour but luckily everything is working out perfect. It’s only been 11 or 12 shows or something like that and he has fit right in. I’ve known Rodger for most of my life so it’s been great!

DH: How many shows are on tap for this tour?

J5: We’re playing a lot. We’ve only been on the road for a few weeks and we’re just playing every day and that’s what I like. I’d probably just be in a hotel room anyway, playing guitar, so I might as well do it on stage.

To read the interview in full: backstageaxxess.com/backstage/Interview.php/John-5–2015

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One Response

  1. Michael

    John 5!! You are a fuckin legend and you need to come and do a solo tour down under in Australia! Me and my brother are very big fans and would love to see John 5 and the Creatures!.


    March 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

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