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[LISTEN] Metal Sucks Podcast chat with John 5 ahead of the release of the “It’s Alive” album

John 5 Metal Sucks Podcast

John 5 Metal Sucks Podcast

From Metal Sucks:

This week we talk with John 5, acclaimed solo guitarist, ex-Marilyn Manson and longtime member of Rob Zombie’s band. John tells us about his new live record It’s Alive (out January 25th; pre-order here), how he and his bandmates challenge each other during live shows, how much improvisation happens when recording, how he names instrumental tracks, the obstacles he faced when arriving in L.A. to follow his dream, the 20th anniversary of Mechanical Animals and an update on the latest album from Rob Zombie.

To listen, go here: metalsucks.net/2018/01/22/john-5-on-the-metalsucks-podcast-222/


[LISTEN] John 5 talks to The Metal Podcast about how “It’s Alive” came to be.

John 5 Matt Wilson

John 5 Matt Wilson

From The Metal Podcast:

John 5 guests this week on the podcast, we talk about all things “It’s Alive” his new live record, how it was recorded on a fluke, his opportunities within the hard rock world, playing with some of the biggest names of the last two decades, how writing for his solo music differs from writing from writing for other peoples projects, how he views his fans, friends, which artists changed him as a kid by not signing an autograph, how much of a dork he is on stage, whether he plans out the theatrics of his shows, plus much more!


[Listen] John 5 chats to Meltdown – Radio Chatter

John 5 101 WRIF

John 5 101 WRIF

John 5 recently chatted to the team at WRIF Rocks Detroit’s Meltdown Radio Chatter.

From Meltdown:

I’m really pumped to give you this edition of Radio Chatter. I’ve interviewed John a few times and he never fails to entertain and enlighten. He is one of the most positive guys in this business. I think he wakes up every day pinching himself that he gets to do this for a living and gets to call some of his childhood rock-star heroes, friends. Of course, I had to ask him about how the new Zombie record was coming along….John could not contain his excitement. So excited he compared it to a Beatle record! He talked about how they wrote songs this time around as opposed to the past albums. He told me what he got Rob for his birthday this past week, he explained the crazy story about how he decided to record a live album, scoring films, and a lot more. Oh, he also tells me about a pretty gross ‘Spinal Tap’ moment that might have been TMI. LOL

To listen, go here: wrif.com/episodes/radio-chatter-guitarist-john-5/


[Listen] John 5 appears on the Talk Toomey Podcast

From Talk Toomey:

The mighty John 5 joins the Talk Toomey podcast this week. We discuss his new solo live album “It’s Alive” and talk about how the recording came together. John talks about his days playing with David Lee Roth, the new Rob Zombie album and we talk heavily about the life of a hired gun.

John also talks more about Gene and Ace playing together.

To listen to the podcast, go here: metalnexus.net/ep-134-john-5-rob-zombietalk-toomey-podcast/


[Interview] J5 speaks to Syracuse.com ahead of his Valentines Day show

From Syracuse.com:

Celebrated guitarist John 5 can pinpoint the moment he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

At age seven, John Lowery watched a young Jimmy Henley play banjo on a family variety show called “Hee Haw.” He knew then he had to learn this instrument. Then the guitar. Then the mandolin.

Once he started, he couldn’t stop. Today, he’s an expert in all three.

“It’s crazy there’s this exact moment when I realized I wanted to play,” said John, 47, in a call to syracuse.com. “It changed my life.”

Read the interview in full here: syracuse.com/entertainment/2018/01/john_5_plans_valentines_day_shredfest

John 5 and The Creatures will be playing at Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY on Feb 14. Tickets and meet and greet info is here: tourdates.bandsintown.com/event/20670094


[Interview] John 5 speaks to Hype Magazine about live album, KISS and Dave Lee Roth

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

Ahead of his tour date at the Highline Ballroom in New York, John 5 speaks to Hype Magazine about working with other artists, the much-awaited David Lee Roth album, his KISS collection, and the new John 5 and The Creatures album and tour – “It’s Alive!” – the first ever live album from John 5, out January 25.

To read the interview in full, go here: thehypemagazine.com/2018/01/john-5-on-his-new-its-alive-live-album-meeting-david-lee-roth

For all upcoming tour dates, ticket and VIP links, go here: john-5.com/main/tour/

To pre-order “It’s Alive!” go here: john-5.com/store/


[LISTEN] John 5 joins Dean Delray for the LET THERE BE TALK podcast

John 5, Dean Delray, Let There Be Talk podcast

John 5, Dean Delray, Let There Be Talk podcast

From Dean Delray:

“#399:John 5 – Guitarist for Rob Zombie
ReleasedJan 07, 2018

On today’s episode of LET THERE BE TALK one of the greatest guitar players ever John 5 stops by and talks some Rock n Roll with me. John has played guitar for some of the best in the business including David Lee Roth,Rob Halford and Marilyn Manson. Since 2005 John has been traveling the globe and making records with the great Rob Zombie. John is about to head out on a solo tour in February so make sure you get out of the house and see this man kill it up on Guitar.”

To listen on iTunes, go here: http://smarturl.it/John5LetThereBeRock (will take you to your countries iTunes store).

For other ways to listen, find out more here: deandelray.com/podcast


[Listen] John 5 appears on The Boo Crew podcast

John 5 The Boo Crew podcast

John 5 The Boo Crew podcast

From The Boo Crew:

HO-HO-HORROR! Looks like Christmas came early this year and Santa delivered a special extended show for you all!

We discuss Guillermo Del Toro’s new film “The Shape Of Water”, & The Crew stuff your stocking with Holiday Horror picks!

Special Guest: John 5 (of Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, John 5 & The Creatures) joins us to talk about his love of classic Monster movies, working with Rob Zombie, & his horror history.
Are you on Santa’s nice list this year? Find out on this episode!”

To find out other ways of listening to the podcast, go here: talesfromtheboocrew.com/Episode-2-John-5

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[WATCH] John 5 on The Kreepy Kama Show

John 5 Kreepy Kama interview

The Kreepy Kama Show’s Shaun Kama interviews John 5 for episode 6 of the popular YouTube show.

Watch it above, or go direct: https://youtu.be/eovw0mEFSsU


[Interview] John 5 speaks to Time Out Shanghai ahead of his China shows with The Creatures

John 5

John 5

John 5 and The Creatures are in China this week to play shows in Shanghai and Bejing.

This is the first time John 5 has played in China as a solo artist and it promises to be a belting good show!

Before the shows, which take place on 24th and 26th November, (full details including ticket and VIP links here) John 5 chatted to Time Out Shanghai about taking The Creatures show to China, whether Metallica have heard his version of Enter Sandman, what it’s like working as a solo artist and Rob Zombie’s right-hand axe-man, and how the music industry – and John 5 – are adapting for the digital age.

To read the interview in full, go here: timeoutshanghai.com/features/J5-Our-live-show-is-like-juggling-chainsaws


John 5 to release live album in 2018

John 5 community

John 5 community

John 5 recently completed his first #AskJohn5 session on the official community forum.

In it, he was asked by fan marcusfiddy, if he had any plans to release new music or other new products.

Here is John 5’s answer: “I’m going to be releasing a live record next year, really excited about that as it’s my first one. It’s going to be called IT’S ALIVE!”

The Ask John 5 section will reopen to fans for a new round of questions towards the end of November. You never know what John 5 may share next time round!

Read all the latest questions and answers here: john-5.com/main/community/ask-john-5/

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[Watch] John 5 joins Nikki Sixx for ‘My Favorite Riff’

John 5 Nikki Sixx My Favorite Riff

From Sixx Sense:

Nikki’s good friend John 5, best known for his work with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, talks about the show “Hee Haw” inspiring him to pick up the guitar on this episode of My Favorite Riff, our video series where some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

John 5 talks about the beauty in simplicity, shows off his Chicken Pickin’, shows off the awesome riffs in some Michael Jackson hits, and turning country riffs in metal songs. He also speaks on his inspirations (“anything out of the norm”) and how he went from wanting to only be a session performer to touring the world.


[Watch] John 5 on Tone Talk

John 5 Tone Talk

A few days ago, John 5 joined Dave Black of Seduce on the Tone Talk podcast hosted by David Friedman and Marc Huzansky.

They talk about Black giving lessons to a 15-year-old John 5, the importance of practice, John working with the legendary KD Lang and much, much more.

Watch the show above.


John 5 plays Loudwire’s Fact or Fiction

John 5 Loudwire Fact Fiction

From Loudwire:

We were really excited about this one! At this year’s Chicago Open Air festival, Rob Zombie / ex-Marilyn Manson guitar icon John 5 joined us to prove and disprove what’s written about him on Wikipedia.

John covers topics from growing up, to Marilyn Manson, meeting and working with Rudy Sarzo and much much more.

Read more: loudwire.com/john-5-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/

 


John 5 in July’s Guitar Tricks Insider

John 5 Guitar Tricks Insider interview July 2017

John 5 Guitar Tricks Insider interview July 2017

John 5 is featured in the latest (July/August) edition of Guitar Tricks Insider magazine.

In the interview, John 5 talks about his love of Hee Haw, how it influenced him and how it helped him with the love of the Telecaster.

You can read the interview in the magazines’ digital edition right now by going here: http://joom.ag/HmXL/p14


[Watch] John 5 talks to GuitarGuitar

John 5 GuitarGuitar interview

From GuitarGuitar:

We were recently lucky enough to spend a little time backstage in Rob Zombie’s dressing room with the Legendary John 5 ahead of their performance at the O2 Academy.

As we sat and chatted, we covered a lot of topics ranging from memorable festival experiences to the power of the telecaster, Glasgow’s International cuisine and why you must absolutely always play guitar no matter what! John was very easy company and a fantastic man to talk to: his experience in the industry has given him a wealth of experience and he was happy to share!”


[Watch] John 5 recalls meeting Rob Halford for Hired Gun documentary

John 5 Hired Gun Documentary

As has been previously reported, John 5 is joining a whole host of stars including Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper for the Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight documentary.

In this exclusive clip released to Ultimate Guitar, John 5 recalls the moment he met “metal god” Rob Halford, whom John collaborated with for the band 2wo.

“Working with Rob Halford was incredible, because we all love the metal god,” John 5 says in the clip.

To find out more about the Hired Gun documentary, go here: http://www.hiredgunthefilm.com


[Listen] John 5 interviewed on The Jasta Show

John 5 Jamey Jasta Interview

John 5 recently chatted with Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta on his podcast “The Jasta Show” as part of his “Zombie Week”.

From The Jasta Show:

One of the most talented guitar players in the world John 5 is my guest today. We manage to get in a great conversation while on the road that I think you’re really gonna enjoy. We get into so much from his DIY attitude, his love of KISS, and what its like on tour. We had a great time you don’t wanna miss it.”


John 5 Feature in Outburn Magazine

John 5 Outburn Magazine

John 5 Outburn Magazine

From Outburn Magazine:

Check out monster guitarist John 5 in the new issue of Outburn. full interview as well as a full page poster in issue 88. on shelves and in stores now. Image by Jeremy Saffer.”

Get your copy here: https://outburn.com/products/outburn-88


[Interview] John 5 speaks to the Illinois Entertainer

John 5 Illinois Entertainer

John 5 Illinois Entertainer

John 5 and The Creatures recently visited Reggies in Chicago for their Season of the Witch tour. Before the show, John 5 chatted to the Illinois Entertainer.

From the Illinois Entertainer:

Aside from his day job as Rob Zombie’s right hand man, Mr. 5 explores his adventurous musical side on Witch. The music videos 5 has released throughout 2016 also appear on the album; a technique Metallica executed successfully last year as well. With the surge of music videos breaking singles online, 5’s plan was to get his music on the screens of the fans before the album dropped.”

To read the interview and see a gallery of images from the show, go here: illinoisentertainer.com/2017/04/feature-story-and-gallery-john-5-at-reggies/

Photo by Edward Spinelli


John 5: Wired and Inspired with Premier Guitar

John 5 Premier Guitar

John 5 Premier Guitar

On May 15th John 5 will be the featured cover star of Premier Guitar magazine. Before that he took part in the magazine’s Wired and Inspired feature.

From Premier Guitar:

John 5 uses his solo albums to showcase his mastery of diverse styles, although his standout non-metal style is country. He’s as comfortable fingerpicking, mimicking a banjo, and executing complex chord/melody arrangements as he is doing sliding arpeggios, sweep picking, and 7-finger tapping. That versatility has served him well. In addition to metal, his curriculum vitae includes recordings and tours with such diverse artists as k.d. lang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart, and Meat Loaf.

We spoke with John 5 about his roots, practice techniques, learning disparate styles of music, using less distortion to get heavier tones, and how he created some of the crazier sounds on Season of the Witch. As you’ll see reading this interview, John 5’s excitement is contagious. He’s an amazing guitarist, but an even more inspiring person.”

Read the feature in full here: premierguitar.com/articles/25587-john-5-wired-inspired
Subscribe to Premier Guitar here: shop.premierguitar.com

Photo by Stephanie Cabral


[Interview] John 5 talks to the Huffington Post: “I appreciate and love music so much. This album is really who I am”.

One of the last dates on the Season of the Witch tour saw John 5 returning to his home state of Michigan. Ahead of that show he had a chat with the Huffington Post.

As much as his collaborations have varied, his own solo material runs the gamut even more displaying influences of everything from heavy metal and hard rock all the way to country and bluegrass.

Recently, John 5 released his solo project Season of the Witch, an album he rolled out in an interesting fashion by releasing music videos first before any of the actual music. I got to chat with John 5 recently about growing up in Michigan, why he took that route releasing his music, and the differences in making his own music compared writing for others.”

To read the interview in full, please go here: huffingtonpost.com/entry/famed-guitarist-john-5-talks-of-times-growing-up-in_us


[Interview] “Just a man and his guitar”: John 5 talks to Fangoria

John 5 interview Fangoria

John 5 interview Fangoria

The Season of the Witch tour came to an end just under a week ago but during that time, John 5 chatted to the legendary Fangoria.

From Fangoria:

Known for his dark persona and wicked riffs on stage, off-stage the well-spoken and passionate artist is more than just a man in monster make-up. Eclectic in his love of music, John 5 has taken instrumental story telling to an entirely new level in SEASON OF THE WITCH. Tracks such as HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, HERE’S TO THE CRAZY ONES, and the hypnotic BEHIND THE NUT LOVE are just three examples of the diversity and talent it took in creating this album. Now, as the tour comes to a close and John 5 prepares to hit the road with Zombie, Fango was lucky enough to be invited to one of his performances.

More than happy to sit down and talk shop, John 5 opened up to Fango and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the concert and why he does what he does.

Read the interview in full: fangoria.com/new/just-a-man-and-his-guitar-john-5-talks-latest-tour-album-season-of-the-witch/


[LISTEN] John 5 talks to WRIF Rocks Detroit

John 5 Matt Wilson

John 5 Matt Wilson

This weekend, John 5 will be returning to his home state to play with The Creatures at The Token Lounge in Westland MI. Ahead of that show, WRIF Rocks Detroit chatted to John.

From WRIF:

We talked about his early days and what shaped his love for playing intimate venues, his recent night out with Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley of KISS, guitarists that he’s jammed with and lots more. Having a son in his early teens like me I had to get his take on Robert Trujillo’s 12 year old son, Tye, touring with Korn through South America. We talked about the use of social media, nerves on stage and his thoughts on the closing of Joe Louis arena.”

To listen to the podcast in full, please go here: wrif.com/episodes/guitarist-john-5/

Don’t miss out on the final Creatures shows of this tour – tickets and meet and greets here: john-5.com/main/tour/