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Watch “I Am John 5” teaser video

I am John 5 - John 5 and The Creatures

On March 1st, John 5 and The Creatures will release the third video from their upcoming album “Invasion”.

“I am John 5” features 5 as a giant robot and is again written, directed and animated by Brett Boggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph).

The video will be available to watch via the official John 5 YouTube account and a premiere reminder will be set up a few days before so fans can be one of the first to watch the video when it goes live.

Don’t forget to watch/stream/download the prevideous two singles from Invasion, which is due out later this year:

Zoinks!: http://smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures

Crank It!: http://smarturl.it/crankitj5


CRANK IT – the new video and single from John 5 and The Creatures available NOW!

John 5 Crank It video premiere February 1st 2019

JOHN 5 and The Creatures have launched another music video from their forthcoming full-length album, Invasion, for a two-part track entitled “Crank It – Living With Ghosts”. The trippy video for this mind-boggling, hypnotic jam begins as a fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark extravaganza, transitioning with the music to something altogether more sinister.

You can purchase/stream the track from digital retailers from today – just follow this link: www.smarturl.it/crankitj5

The video for “Crank It – Living With Ghosts” is directed by Israel Perez and features costumes and masks made by Forgotten Saints LA and Scott Blake’s Yordreem Creations. The video was produced by Nicole Hatley, with art direction by Cody Varona.

Speaking about the video, John 5 says: “This video begins with total acid-trip rave party for “Crank It”, and the second portion of the song, “Living With Ghosts”, is the come down. This video depicts all of the things you secretly want when you go to a party – craziness, indulgence. It’s full of everything you could want – guitars, tits and monsters!”

With “Zoinks!” and “Crank It – Living With Ghosts” now out in the wild, JOHN 5 plans to reveal his next music video for “I Am John 5” (an official sequel to “Zoinks!”) on March 1. Details on additional music videos are coming soon.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures will kick off their North American Invasion Tour on February 26 in Mesa, AZ. Select dates of the tour – specifically the shows in Mesa, AZ, Hollywood, CA, Anaheim, CA and Sacramento, CA – will feature very special, high-caliber mystery guests to be announced very soon! The tour will feature support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols. Tickets and VIP packages are available now via john-5.com/main/tour.


“CRANK IT” the new John 5 and The Creatures video, will premiere February 1st.

John 5 Crank It video premiere February 1st 2019

CRANK IT – LIVING WITH GHOSTS, is the second single/video to be released by John 5 and The Creatures for their forthcoming album INVASION, which is due out in 2019.

It will make it’s worldwide premiere in February 1st via the official John 5 YouTube channel, and fans can guarantee to be one of the first to watch the music video as it goes live.

To take part, just go to the video and click the SET REMINDER button. You will receive a notification just before the video airs and the rest is just VOLUME UP and ENJOY!

Crank It has been directed by Israel Perez and features costumes and masks made by Forgotten Saints LA and Scott Blakes Yordreem Creations.

ZOINKS! the first single from The Creatures for Invasion is available to watch/stream/purchase here: smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures.

John 5 and The Creatures will be starting the INVASION 2019 tour, with support from Jared James Nichols at the end of February. Tickets and VIP packages are available now. For all dates and purchase options, go here: john-5.com/main/tour/


J5 shares details of Invasion album due out Summer 2019

John 5 and The Creatures ZOINKS! video group

John 5 and The Creatures ZOINKS! video group

On New Years Day, John 5 and The Creatures released the first single/video from his forthcoming album Invasion. ZOINKS! written and directed by Disney animator Brett Boggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), with live footage shot by Matt Zane, is in the tradition of Scooby Doo and Groovie Goolies.

The new single is part of a series of music videos releases just like 2017’s Season of the Witch. Invasion, the new full length album is due out in Summer 2019. It has been produced and mixed by Barry Pointer.

Following the release of ZOINKS! John 5 now reveals details of the next two videos/singles. He says, “My new album will be out this coming summer, and will feature a very secret, special guest that I will reveal in the coming weeks. Up first, on February 1, we’ll release the next music video for the track “Crank It”. Then, on March 1, we’ll release the video sequel to “Zoinks!”, for the track entitled “I Am John 5”. This video, like “Zoinks!”, will also be animated and directed by Brett Boggs.”  

The “Crank It” video has been directed by Israel Perez and produced by Nicole Hatley, with art direction by Cody Varona. Wardrobe and masks are provided by Forgotten Saints LA, with additional masks by Scott Blake, who John 5 fans will know from the John 5 mask currently for sale in the official John 5 store: john-5.com/store/j-5-pvc-mask/

Stay tuned for more details on the new music videos and new album, coming soon. In the meantime, watch the full video and download/stream ZOINKS! here: http://smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures


J5 named as one of the “most innovative musicians of today”

John 5 Kirstine Walton

John 5 Kirstine Walton

Ultimate-Guitar.com have named John 5 as one of the Top 15 Most Innovative Musicians of Today. The Top 15 includes John Frusciante, St. Vincent, Mike Patton and Tosin Abasi and is compiled from a list of discussions and voting from within the UG community.

Speaking about John 5, UG say:

“What makes John 5 so special is his unusual but rather balanced mix of country and metal. He’s mostly known for being a guitar player for Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but he can do way more than just that.”

You can see the full list here: ultimate-guitar.com/top_15_innovative_musicians


ZOINKS! The new single from John 5 and The Creatures is available now to BUY/STREAM

John 5 and The Creatures ZOINKS premiere 1 January 2019

Did you see it? Did you watch ZOINKS! as it went LIVE across the globe!?

ZOINKS! the new video from John 5 and The Creatures received its premiere on YouTube this New Years Day. Fans watched, streamed and chatted with each other about it as it went live!

You can now BUY/STREAM the track – the first single from John 5 and The Creatures album Invasion, due out in 2019 – from your favorite digital retailer/stream site. Go here for more information: http://smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures


[WATCH] John 5 discovers the Fender Troublemaker Tele in their blindfold test!

John 5 Troublemaker Telecaster Fender

From Fender:

We blindfolded John 5 and had him try to guess what guitar he was playing.

Check out what he thinks about the brand new Trouble Maker Telecaster – part of 2018’s Parallel Universe Series.

Learn more about the Parallel Universe Series here: fender.com/articles/gear/closeup-check-out-fenders-new-parallel-universe-collection


Watch the trailer for ZOINKS! the new John 5 and The Creatures single coming New Years Day!

John 5 and The Creatures ZOINKS premiere 1 January 2019

From John 5:

This video has been in the making for six months and on New Year’s day it will premiere on my YouTube channel. Zoinks! is the first single and video from my new album Invasion, out 2019. Watch the trailer above and go here: youtube.com/watch?v=1uWAGs10D6Q and click “Set Reminder” to watch the video when it goes live! Thank you to this incredible team that worked with me: Brett Boggs who did the animation, Matt Zane who did the live footage, Fred Coury who did the score music with me. Thank you to also Rita, Nikki Sixx, Susan Olsen, Fred Coury and Jess Harrell with the incredible voice overs. Also Chuck Duran for voice producer and Barry Pointer for producing and mixing this album he’s worked as hard as I have.

To see the video as soon as it goes live, go here: youtube.com/watch?v=1uWAGs10D6Q, click “Set Reminder” and let YouTube tell you when it’s live!


John 5 to premiere new video Zoinks! on January 1, 2019

John 5 and The Creatures ZOINKS premiere 1 January 2019

From John 5:

On Jan 1, 2019 my new #john5andthecreatures video ZOINKS! will premiere on YouTube – follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uWAGs10D6Q and set a reminder to watch it as it goes live. Written and Directed by Brett Boggs & feat. the voice talents of Nikki Sixx Fred coury and Susan Olsen.


JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Announce New Album Details & Winter/Spring 2019 Tour Dates

John 5 and The Creatures Invasion 2019

John 5 and The Creatures Invasion 2019

JOHN 5 and The Creatures are following up on this year’s live album release, It’s Alive!, with a brand new full-length studio album coming in 2019! The new album, entitled Invasion, will be teased on New Year’s Day 2019 by way of a brand new music video for the new track Zoinks! In the tradition of Scooby Doo and Groovie Goolies, Zoinks! is an innovative blend of classic 2D hand drawn animation, 3D computer generated imagery and live action. The video is written and directed by Disney animator Brett Broggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), with live footage shot by Matt Zane. It stars the voice talents of John 5 as himself and Fred Coury as Dirty Chavez, it also features guest stars Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs,Transformers), Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and John 5’s lovely wife Rita. There is an additional score on the video by by Fred Coury (Cinderella) and John 5.

Fans should stay tuned for the video coming on New Year’s Day! The official release date for Invasion will be announced in 2019. Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer, and will be released via a series of music videos, just as JOHN 5 released his 2017 studio release, Season of the Witch.

In celebration of the upcoming album, JOHN 5 and The Creatures will kick off the second leg of his North American Invasion Tour on February 22, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The tour will feature support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James NicholsJOHN 5 says, “Get ready for the Invasion tour! I will be playing some new songs from my new record, Invasion, a brand new medley, and much more. I’m really excited to have Jared James Nichols out with us. This tour is something you’re not going to want to miss!”

Jared James Nichols adds, “As a young budding guitarist, I grew up with a Guitar World cut out picture of JOHN 5 on my bedroom wall. He was always one of my ‘Guitar heroes’. He is the total package… insane technique, amazing musicality, with a style and look all of his own. Needless to say, when I got the call for this tour, my jaw dropped. I’m absolutely honored to warm up the stage for him every night across America and Canada. I’m getting my chops ready to tear it up!”

Click >>> to see all confirmed tour dates (and look out for more dates to be announced in the future). Tickets and VIP packages are available now. Go to the tour page to find full and updated dates, and purchase links: john-5.com/main/tour/ (more…)


John 5 to guest at the Gene Simmons vault in Las Vegas

John 5 Gene Simmons

John 5 Gene Simmons

John 5 has announced he will be a guest at the Gene Simmons vault on December 2:

“Big news I will be a Guest at the @genesimmons vault in Las Vegas Dec 2nd at Monster Mini Golf at the Rio 12.00 noon it’s going to be Epic @knightsinsatanservice

John 5 is a noted collected of KISS memorabilia and showcases this on his @knightsinsatanservice Instagram page regularly.

Gene Simmons Vault gives fans the chance to meet the Demon of KISS directly, get a personal item from his own archives handed to them by the man himself, listen to a 50 year showcase of tunes and get items signed, photos taken, and much more.

To find ut more about the event, go here: genesimmonsvault.com


John 5 to play Strange 80’s 2 charity event in October

Strange 80's 2

Strange 80's 2

John 5 will be joining a host of stars, to appear at the second annual Strange 80’s Benefit show, on Friday, October 12 at the Fonda Theatre in LA, CA.

About the event:

“Strange 80s is an annual benefit show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles which features a rotating cast of the biggest marquis talent and emerging artists in rock, performing songs from the world’s favorite decade, the 80s. Strange incorporates musicians, comedians and cast members from the latest binge-worthy series in pop-culture. It’s the only platform to see unfathomable supergroups comprised of members from stalwart bands. Slipknot, Fall Out Boy, The Regrettes and Nsynch, meshed into one playing a song the whole world can sing along to, or an obscure track that takes you back to that glorious time. Or for those who don’t know what life was like without a cell phone, let the song and the vibe explain it.”

100% of the proceeds raised each year go to a different cause. This years charity beneficiary is 320 Changes Direction, (co-founded by Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda – #ChangeMentalHealth) which helps those who suffer from mental health, depression and addiction issues. This years stars include, Scott Ian, Corey Taylor, Dave Kushner, Adrian Young and Gary Holt, among others.

As well as music, there is an arcade installation of authentic ’80s video games, and exclusive opportunities to interact with some of your favorite artists. Special meet-and-greets are also available to bid on through Charitybuzz and fans will also be able to bid on a variety of donated items and experiences  – see some of the auctions already online here: charitybuzz.com/support/CharityBomb.

Tickets are available now from here: axs.com/events/350565/strange-80s-ii-tickets

Follow more about Strange 80’s 2:

https://www.strange80s.com

https://www.facebook.com/strange80s/

https://www.instagram.com/strange_80s/


Bid on these rare items from John 5 to benefit two of his favorite charities.

John 5 charity auction

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John 5 has teamed up two of his favorite charities, Rock Against MS and Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary and is giving fans the chance to bid on TWO different guitars signed by John 5. Fans will also be able to get hold of a classic collectible John 5 poster which he will sign with a personal message to you. And to top it all off, fans will have a chance to bid on his first original prototype guitar strap by Red Monkey as well as other goodies.

Auction One: JOHN 5 Signed Guitar + Classic Collectible J5 Poster Signed To YOU!

“JOHN 5 has signed some (2 to be exact) guitars and will sign a personal message to you on a classic J5 poster and guitar in benefit of one of his favorite 2 charities – The ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, 501c3 and FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY~ (There are 2 auctions with different guitars and 2 collectible posters – collect both)
The guitar on this lot is black w/black pick guard – The brand is a Memphis – The poster is hard to get and he will sign a personal message just to YOU”.

Bid now: https://www.ebay.com/itm/153174126723

Auction Two: JOHN 5 Signed Guitar & Classic Collectible J5 VERTIGO Poster Signed to you!
“JOHN 5 has signed some (2 to be exact) guitars and will sign a personal message to you on a classic J5 poster and guitar in benefit of one of his favorite 2 charities – The ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, 501c3 and FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY ~ (There are 2 auctions with different gutiars and posters – collect all 4)
The guitar on this lot is black w/white pick guard – The brand is a Cruise – The poster is hard to get from his VERY FIRST solo album VERTIGO and he will sign a personal message just to YOU!”

Bid now: https://www.ebay.com/itm/153174102631

Auction Three: JOHN 5 GUITAR STRAP PROTOTYPE By Red Monkey, J5 Calendar w/rare photos & Poster!

“JOHN 5 has donated his first original prototype guitar strap by Red Monkey as well as his 2011 calendar with rare photos and the very last REQUIEM poster, which he will sign to you personally!! 
This amazing one of a kind package from JOHN 5 will benefit of one of his favorite 2 charities – The ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, 501c3 and FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY.”

Bid now: https://www.ebay.com/itm/153174147031

Please note: If you have any questions please contact the seller at the eBay auctions.


John 5’s debut solo album ‘Vertigo” is 14 years old

John 5 Vertigo

On August 31, 2004, John 5 released his very first solo album to the world: Vertigo.

The album was a mixture of the infamous Drop-D tuning style 5 was already known for, and his love for Bluegrass. The different styling brought a whole new type of fan to John 5’s work as well as enthralling existing fans who appreciated the different styling.

To celebrate, please watch the GOD IS CLOSED official video which was released at the time. Originally sitting at john-5.com, the video, which features “live” performances from John 5 on a number of tracks from Vertigo amongst a number of vintage movie/TV clips, was then available to purchase via the Japanese version of Vertigo.*

*Please excuse the low-quality of the video. We had to track down a copy of it ourselves, and rip it from the CD, to put back up online. 

Enjoy the video and let us know what your thoughts were when you first heard the album in the comments section (click “Read more” to leave a comment >>> (more…)


John 5 pens track with ex-Journey singer Steve Perry

Steve Perry John 5

Steve Perry John 5

Steve Perry, ex-Journey singer, is back with a brand new solo album “Traces“. It is his first album in 20 years.

John 5 will appear on that album with a track co-penned with Perry and Thom Flowers called “Sun Shines Gray“.

The album comes out October 5 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG).

Keep up-to-date with Steve Perry here: steveperry.com. Pre-Order the album here: smarturl.it/SPtraces


ROCK WITH JOHN 5 AT FANTASY CAMP LAS VEGAS!

Please note: John 5 will only be appearing at RnRFC on October 4th.

From rock camp.com:

Imagine – YOU…On stage…Jamming with rock legend Paul Stanley of KISS in LAS VEGAS at House of Blues! Plus jam with Paul, along with Tommy Thayer of KISS, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, John 5 of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie and Tommy Aldridge of Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne at the private Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp facility in Las Vegas!

Attend this camp and stand at the top of the rock and roll mountain with all of these rock and roll icons!

You will jam live at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp facility with Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Rudy Sarzo, John 5 and Tommy Aldridge and then Paul Stanley will perform with you live at House of Blues in Las Vegas!

This is NOT a competition; It’s not a reality show. It’s simply reality. It’s YOU… face to face, with the rock stars that have created the sound track of your life…and YOU get to play with THEM!

All skill levels are respected and welcome. Learn & grow in ways you never thought possible!

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp takes place on OCTOBER 4 – 7, 2018 • LAS VEGAS, NV.

Find out more including event packages, go here: rockcamp.com/fantasy-camp-with-paul-stanley-2018


John 5 making animated video for new Creatures Track

John 5 Nikki Sixx Fred Coury

John 5 Nikki Sixx Fred Coury

John 5 has been busy recording voices for an animated video currently in the making for John 5 and The Creatures.

Yesterday he was joined by his wife Rita, Nikki Sixx, Fred Coury and Susan Olsen as they began tracking.

The video and name of the track being animated have not yet been released but more news is coming soon to john-5.com


Bid on these 4 guitars signed by John 5 to raise funds for his favorite charities


JOHN 5 has signed some guitars (4 to be exact) and will sign a personal message to you on a classic J5 poster and guitar in benefit of one of his favorite 2 charities – The ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION and FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY~ (There are 4 auctions with different guitars and posters – collect all 4 and frame them)

 
**** This is a great piece to hang up or frame both items together
Find out more about the charities mission statements, by clicking >>>

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JOHN 5 VERY LIMITED EDITION LATEX MASK IN STORE

John 5 Limited Edition Latex Mask

Get your hands on this special edition, very limited number, John 5 latex mask.

• Each mask is Hand Crafted and Hand Painted by special effects master Scott Blake
• All crafted in USA
• Each Mask Comes with a John 5 Hand Signed 11″ x 17″ ‘UNMASKED’ Poster
• This is your ONE opportunity to order this Mask
• Special Very limited Edition

Don’t miss out. Go to the store to get yours now: john-5.com/store/shop/john-5-latex-mask-and-signed-poster-very-limited/

Orders will begin shipping in May.


John 5 to join Eddie Trunk for a special live radio broadcast of Trunk Nation

From Trunk Nation:

Join The Guitar Sanctuary, Eddie Trunk, and SiriusXM VOLUME as we host a very special open to the public LIVE “Trunk Nation” radio broadcast from The Sanctuary Music & Events on Friday March 30th from 1-3pm with very special guest John 5.

Be part of the live radio broadcast and have the chance to potentially ask a question on the air during the event.

This will be a LIMITED Seating event, so come early to make sure you can get in.

Please Note: Due to tight schedules, Eddie and John will NOT be able to do any Meet & Greets/Photos/Questions before or after the event.

Event Time and Date: Friday, March 30 at 1 PM3 PM CDT
Event location: The Sanctuary Music & Events. 6633 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, Texas 75071

To find out more: facebook.com/events/497672973960710/


Head to Guitar World to watch/listen to the premiere of Season of The Witch from the new album “It’s Alive”

Season of the Witch It's Alive John 5 and The Creatures

Season of the Witch It's Alive John 5 and The Creatures

From our friends at Guitar World:

Today, John 5 and his band — The Creatures — released their new live LP, It’s Alive!

In celebration of the album’s release, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a video for one of the album’s fiercest cuts, “Season of the Witch.”

“I remember pulling up to a beautiful venue that we played in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and before we were unloading the equipment, the soundman said, ‘Hey guys, would you like to record the show?’ We said, ‘sure that would be amazing!,’” John5 said of the genesis of It’s Alive!

To watch, go here: guitarworld.com/artists/john5-premieres-live-season-of-the-witch-video


The brand new album “It’s Alive” is out today

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

From John 5:

I’m so happy and so proud that this is finally out. I never planned on doing a live record it just happened. We did it in one night and that was it, that’s what makes this album so special.

I hope you all enjoy it!

See you on tour in a few days.

See all purchase and streaming options here: http://smarturl.it/itsalivej5


Music Radar on John 5: “a guitarist yet to reach his own boundaries”.

Music Radar have released a comprehensive list of the top 16 best rock guitarist in the world. At number 7 is our very own JOHN 5!

From Music Radar: “2017 highlight: While he may be best known for his tenure with shock rock acts including Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, John 5 has also trodden his own path through a solo career that now boasts eight studio albums. The latest, Season Of The Witch released earlier in 2017, is one of his most spectacular yet. Accomplished, musical and bonkers in equal measure, it highlights a guitarist yet to reach his own boundaries.”

Read the full article here: musicradar.com/news/the-16-best-rock-guitarists-in-the-world-right-now


Watch the directors cut version of Making Monsters by John 5 and The Creatures

John 5 and The Creatures Making Monsters

Happy New Year everyone!

We have a special treat for you. Watch the directors cut version of the Making Monsters video. In this version, director Lord Zane presents a full live-action video with John 5 and The Creatures performing the track with a slew of old skool monster movies playing in the background.

Enjoy!