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Outburn Online interviews John 5: “You have to take risks. If you don’t, you’ll keep doing the same thing.”

From Outburn Online:

Easily one of the most prolific and skilled guitarists of the past several decades, John 5’s proclivity for diverse and downright strange song crafting has never been more evident than what the 47-year-old Michigan native has given us on his ninth record, Invasion. The Rob Zombie axman thrives on risk, whether it was cold calling Marilyn Manson’s studio just to see if the rock legend had any need for his skills or choosing to bet on himself rather than worry about whether or not fans would come out to see instrumental shows. Time and time again, John 5’s fearless behavior has paid off, as he’s spent the past 30 years performing with his personal heroes and our favorite rock legends. Three weeks before Invasion dropped, we spoke with John 5 in the early morning hours as his tour bus headed up the East Coast, playing sold out show after sold out show. An invasion is coming.

Read the full interview here: outburn.com/interviews/john-5-and-the-creatures-risky-business/


Listen to John and Rita on the Worst First podcast

Worst First Podcast John 5 Rita Lowery

Worst First Podcast John 5 Rita Lowery

Check out this hilarious podcast as John 5 and his lovely wife Rita join podcaster and close friend Brittany Furlan on Worst Firsts*.

This week, Brittany is joined by couple John 5 and Rita Lowrey where they share just about everything surrounding their relationship. John and Rita share everything, including a no-vomit streak and a serious stomach flu. And Brittany delights her guests with her dog poop story, while hoping that Tommy Lee never listens to this episode.

There are a number of ways to listen. Click this link: https://smarturl.it/J5RitaWorst1st to get links to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify (included below) and Stitcher.

*Please note, this podcast may not be suitable for listening at work, and does contain some adult themes.


Watch “Talking Shred With John 5”

John 5 Master of Shred interview

From Masters of Shred:

🔥Masters of Shred’s very own, Derek ‘Mr. Shred’ Thomas, had the pleasure of sitting down with the Chicken Picken’ Shred Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mighty John 5, and TALKING SOME SHRED!

We covered everything from Johns unreleased album with the Diamond David Lee Roth to his respect for the Mighty Buckethead, you are not going to want to miss this!


[LISTEN] John 5 speaks to Riki Rachtman about the infamous ‘Cathouse’ in Hollywood

John 5 Cathouse Hollywood podcast

John 5 Cathouse Hollywood podcast

From Riki Ractman’s Cathouse Hollywood Podcast:

Riki Rachtman brings us back to 1988. Sunset Strip Tattoo. What role did this legendary shop play in the Cathouse Tale.

John 5 is one of the top guitarists in rock today. He currently is a successful solo artist and plays with Rob Zombie. Prior to playing with Marilyn Manson or David Lee Roth John 5 was a 17 year old kid sneaking into the Adult world of the Cathouse. John 5 joins Riki for more uncensored tales from Rocks most decadent era.

The podcast is available now on : https://smarturl.it/CathousePodcastJohn5

Or listen below on Spotify:


[Watch] John 5 chats to BangerTV “about his eclectic session career”, his new album and much more!

John 5 interview BangerTV

From BangerTV – All Metal:

As his Invasion Tour wraps up, John 5 visited Banger HQ to sit down with Daniel Dekay and talk about his eclectic session career as well as his own solo album… and that time he borrowed Don Henley’s Porsche.


Watch as John 5 plays his favorite TV Theme Songs with Loudwire

John 5 Loudwire

From Loudwire:

We know you love music, but how well do you remember some of TV’s top themes? On this edition of Loudwire’s Gear Factor, powered by Sweetwater, the Music Experience‘s Squiggy meets up with guitar great John 5 at his SoCal home and the discussion detoured into talk of favorite TV themes.

For many of you viewers, this segment will offer up a sense of nostalgia. John 5 actually serves up two sitcom themes from his youth, with two shows that started in the ’60s and ran into the ’70s, but became popular with kids of the guitarist’s generation. See how quickly you pick up on these classics.


[Listen] Wired in the Empire with Mike X in wide-ranging interview with John 5

Wired in the Empire interview John 5

Wired in the Empire interview John 5

From Wired In The Empire with Mike X:

John 5 called in to talk about his new solo album and tour playing the Whisky A Go Go on 4/6 and the Parish Room at HOB-Anaheim on 4/7. Here’s what we talked about:

  • New music and videos (0-3)
  • Solo tour at Whisky 4/6 and HOB 4/7 (3-4)
  • Dimebash 2019 remembering Dimebag and Vinnie (4-5)
  • Drummer Randy Castillo (5-6:30)
  • Wayne Static and guitar solo for “Cannibal” (6:30-8)
  • Motley Crue Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars (8-9:30)
  • Rob Zombie new music (9-11)
  • Movie soundtracks (11-13)
  • Flannel Five-Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, AIC, Soundgarden (14-16)
  • Nu Metal Six Pack-RATM, Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Disturbed, SOAD (16-end)


Imagery above uses photo by Steve Brazill. 


[interview] On The phone with John 5

John 5 Interview

From 94.5 FM The Buzz:

Andrew Green had the privilege of talking with the iconic Rob Zombie guitarist John 5. They talk about playing shows in different sized venues, how John gets inspiration for his guitar playing, and about his new solo album “Invasion” John talks what it was like touring with Marilyn Manson in the late 90s and early 00s and tells some insane stories. He describes their relationship now what its like sharing a tour with him. John also talks about his KISS Instagram account and John gives his dream set list if he got the chance to play with KISS.

Follow John 5’s KISS collection Instagram: @knightsinsatansservice


Music Mania Podcast interview with John 5

John 5 interview Music Mania Podcast 2019

From Music Mania:

2019 has been a busy year for John 5 as he is currently embarking on a U.S. solo tour before hitting the road with Rob Zombie for the Twins of Evil 2 tour this Summer with Marilyn Manson.  John will also release his solo album “Invasion” this Summer and has released two videos thus far in “Zoinks” and “I Am John 5.” He recently chatted with Clint Switzer on the Music Mania Podcast to discuss all this and much more. 


Metal Titans interviews John 5: “Hold on to you cranium, it’s going to be great!”

John 5 Interview Metal Titans 2019

John 5 Interview Metal Titans 2019

From Metal Titans:

Metal Titans spoke with John 5 on February 20th…. The guitar virtuoso has played with the likes of K.D. Lang, Rob Halford’s 2wo, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and he’s got a pretty good solo career, too. He’s got a new album, ‘Invasion’ … once again he’s backed by The Creatures. John 5 and The Creatures are set to hit the road on February 26th for a late winter/spring tour of North America with special guest Jared James Nichols in tow.

Read the interview, which looks at John’s KISS collection, his new music videos, working with Motley Crue and what he thought of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and much much more: http://www.metaltitans.com/john-5-exclusive/

Photo Credit: Charlene Tupper/Metal Titans


John 5 shows fans “How To Play” Zoinks, Crank It and I am John 5 with Alternative Press

How to Play John 5 Alternative Press

How to Play John 5 Alternative Press

From Alternative Press:

“John 5 and the Creatures are ready to level the Earth with a sonic-beam of shred with their new record, “Invasion.” For the first time ever, the legendary guitar god sits down to teach you how to play three of his brand new songs in this APTV world exclusive.”

How to play “Zoinks!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-MaDfdxM1w

In this installment, John 5 plays through “Zoinks!” and breaks the lead riff down to chord shape and rhythm and explains everything you need to know to play along with the new album.”

How to play “Crank It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH0yY7zmsC8

“In this APTV exclusive, guitar god John 5 teaches you how to play riffs from his new song “Crank It-Living With Ghosts.” Learn the chord shapes, picking pattern and rhythm to this haunting riff-fest. John 5 also gives a preview of a BRAND NEW song and tells us what we can expect for the upcoming music video, gives an in depth explanation of the “Crank It” writing process and discusses the importance of rhythm in his playing.”

How to play “I am John 5”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk4qhQbvViw

“Virtuoso guitarist John 5 has returned with “Invasion,” a brand new album of face-melting shred and instantly iconic riffs but his main influence behind “I AM JOHN 5” may shock you. In this APTV exclusive, John 5 demonstrates how to play riffs from “I AM JOHN 5″ and explains everything you’ll need to know to play along to the track. The guitar legend also opens up about being open minded to all genres keeps his music fresh.”


John 5 opens up about his inspirations and more with Box of Rock Podcast

John 5 Box of Rock Podcast

John 5 Box of Rock Podcast

From Box of Rock 2.0 Podcast:

Guitar innovator John 5 talks to Terrie Carr about his incredible career, playing and working with Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and more and his solo career and new release INVASION!

John also tells some great stories about writing with Steve Perry, Nikki Sixx and others, opens up about his inspirations and his cats! 


[Watch] John 5 on Betcha Can’t Play This!

John 5 Betcha Can't Play This

From Guitar World:

Triple-D Rolling Arpeggios.

Guitar great John 5 stopped by the GW video studio recently and offered this beautifully fluid, cascading legato arpeggio sequence that’s fun and rewarding to play!


John 5 speaks to Consequences of Sound: “the guitar is strong and powerful and will never die”

John 5 Consequences of Sound

John 5 Consequences of Sound

John 5 and The Creatures are now on the the road with Jared James Nichols and Dead Girls Academy for the Invasion 2019 tour. Before embarking on this tour, John 5 spoke to Consequences of Sound about a range of issues, including:

  • his favorite thing about touring with his solo band, the Creatures
  • what new material he’s performing with the Creatures on his current tour
  • using YouTube and Instagram as a promotional vehicle
  • how the recording process for Rob Zombie’s new album differed from past albums
  • On the state of heavy metal music and the genre’s future

Plus a lot more. To read the interview in full, go here: consequenceofsound.net/john-5-rob-zombie-interview-2019/

Photo by Matt Akana


John 5 speaks to The Cornwall Seeker: “If there is a good groove people can latch on to it”.

John 5 Matt Wilson

John 5 Matt Wilson

From The Cornwall Seeker:

John 5 is best known as the current and long-time guitarist of Rob Zombie. He is also the former guitarist of Marilyn Manson, the former guitarist for Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, and the former guitarist of 2wo featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

This is the first time John 5’s backing band The Creatures play in Canada.

“We’re so excited because we’ve never been to Canada with The Creatures. We’re beyond excited to come to Ottawa and rock. It’s going to be a huge show, a crazy rock and roll party! Guitars and monsters and all sorts of crazy stuff will happen. We’re really looking forward to it,” John 5 stated.

Read the interview in full here: theseeker.ca/interview-guitarist-john-5/


[Watch] John 5 shares his “otherworldly” shredding skills with Gear Factor

John 5 Gear Factor

From Gear Factor:

For this latest edition of Gear Factor, Squiggy traveled to Los Angeles to meet up with guitar great John 5, who let us in on a little secret about how his recent single “Zoinks!” came to be.

The guitarist reveals that one of his favorite ways to write is to pull up a metronome and just riff away. For this video, John 5 just pulls up the beat on his phone, then proceeds to break down “Zoinks!.”

Read more here: http://loudwire.com/watch-john-5-shredding/ and watch the shred-tactic video above!


[Interview] John 5 speaks to the Albuquerque Journal

John 5 Matt Wilson

John 5 Matt Wilson

From the Albuquerque Journal:

John 5 is excited to be back on the road.

“Everything will be new stuff, and new things are going to happen, and I just want to keep the crowd entertained,” he said. “And I understand now of what to do to keep them entertained, because it is an instrumental show and it’s a hard sell, but I think people are really, really going to love it. It’s a lot of fun.”

John 5 will be performing some songs off his new album, “Invasion,” which will be released this summer.

Read the interview in full here: abqjournal.com/john-5-combines-various-musical-genres-until-it-all-fits-together


John 5 talks to Mitch Lafon about his new tour & more

Mitch Lafon John 5

Mitch Lafon John 5

From Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon:

In the episode’s first interview, guitarist JOHN 5 discusses his upcoming North American tour, his new album Invasion, releasing a video a month (is it a new way to monetize the music), are albums still relevant, being terrified about going on tour (approx. 23 minutes), the use of backing tracks during shows, performing with Ace Frehley, working with different vocalists and who’s his favourite, working with former Journey singer Steve Perry and more.


[Listen] Metal Injection Livecast with John 5

John 5 interview with Metal Injection Podcast

John 5 interview with Metal Injection Podcast

Check out this brand new podcast interview with John 5 via our friends at Metal Injection Livecast:

We … hopped on the phone with guitarist virtuoso John 5, who talked about his upcoming solo album, working on the new Rob Zombie album, a crazy story about jamming with Les Paul and more fun convos.


[Interview] John 5 chats to the RocknRoll Beer Guy podcast

John 5 interview RocknRoll Beer Guy

John 5 interview RocknRoll Beer Guy

From RocknRoll Beer Guy:

“EP87 is with special guest John 5! John 5 is a prolific guitar player that has worked with some of the greatest musicians ever including: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Lynrd Skynrd, Ozzy Ozbourne, David Lee Roth, Rob Halford and more! We talk about his new solo record under John 5 & The Creatures which is due out Summer 2019. We talk about his career, future plans, his makeup and more. I apologize for the random cuts we were having some technical difficulties but hopefully we can do a longer in-person podcast soon. It was an honor talking to John and I hope you enjoy it!”

To listen to the interview, go here: rocknrollbeerguy.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/ep87-john-5-rob-zombie/


[Interview] Ultimate Guitar speaks to John 5 about his solo work, Rob Zombie, the gear he uses and much more

John 5 interview with UltimateGuitar.com

John 5 interview with UltimateGuitar.com

 

UltimateGuitar.com recently caught up with John 5 to talk about his new album Invasion (coming later this year), his new singles from that album, his gear, his favorite non-Fender guitar and what fans can expect on the new Rob Zombie album, which is also out later this year.

From UG.com:

UG recently caught up with John 5 to discuss his upcoming solo album as well as the next Rob Zombie album.

John 5 is a true student of the guitar. He is proficient in nearly every genre that involves a guitar, from country to jazz to metal. His upcoming album will give us a taste of all of those genres along with some crazy, innovative stuff that is sure to keep you entertained.

Read the interview in full here: ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/john_5_banjo_on_zombie_album


[Listen] John 5 chats to Talkin’ Rock

John 5 Talkin Rock with Meltdown

From Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown:

John 5 is on of my favorites to talk to and he’s on Talkin’ Rock today. Best known as Rob Zombie’s guitarist, but he’s done lots of other stuff. We talk about some of that like his new album and more……

*How John became so innovative *How he makes his live guitar shows so un-boring *His new live medley *Making his schedule work with Rob’s *The new Zombie album and his thoughts on it *What makes the new album so different *His new solo album “Invasion” *His crazy guitars *The Zombie band * “Tight-Lips” Johnny *Working/writing with Nikki Sixx *His Knights In Satans Service Instagram account *KISS


Performer Mag talks new LP, new tour & more with John 5

John 5 Performer Magazine

John 5 Performer Magazine

John 5 is the cover artist for Performer Magazines big interview in their Dec/Jan ’19 issue out now.

In the article which is available to purchase here, or read online, John talks about his upcoming Invasion tour with Jared James Nichols, releasing the next Creatures album via a series of unique music videos (see the first video ZOINKS! here), his influences, his work with Rob Zombie, advice for fellow musicians and how his creative process works:

“I’m always honest with myself. So, what that means is…it’s hard to explain. I love to play a certain way, I love to sit on the couch and play guitar. That’s all that I do, and I love playing different styles of music. If something is done really well, I’m into it. So, that’s what keeps me always playing, and keeps me trying to master all these different styles.

So that’s what I do on my records. If I love Chet Atkins, I’m going to put that on my record. It’s a little unorthodox, with all these different kinds of styles, but I love it and it’s honest. And I think that’s what people enjoy about the records; it’s just who I am. I’m not trying to be something I’m not.”

To read the interview in full, go here: performermag.com/interviews/john-5-invasion-cover-story/


[Listen] John 5 talks ZOINKS, Rob Zombie and more with Talk Toomey

John 5 Talk Toomey Episode 192

John 5 Talk Toomey Episode 192

From Talk Toomey:

John 5 joins the show to talk about the new single from John 5 and The Creatures. John tells about the inspiration from Scooby Doo for the video.

John and I discuss his relationships with Matt Zane and Fred Coury. We talk about his history with Kiss and John plays some of his favorite Kiss songs. John 5 also gives us an update on the new Rob Zombie album.

To listen to the interview in full, go here: Talk Toomey Ep. 192 with John 5