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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!


John 5 and The Creatures to release “It’s Alive” album in 2018

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

In a recent #AskJohn5 question, John exclusively let fans know he was working on a Creatures live album.

The album, titled “It’s Alive!” is the first live album released by The Creatures. It is also the first album released by John 5 to be featured on vinyl. “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!’ I always wanted to have a really great recording of the show. We were a few weeks into the show so we were really well rehearsed, so I said, ‘Alright guys, let’s not jump around. Let’s just really try to get a great performance because we only have one shot – no other shows – if we mess up!’ So, we explained to them that we would be recording. You can hear that on the recording of the album, which makes it very magical. It came out amazingly! That’s the magic of live albums to me – capturing the performance.”

The Creatures will be touring in 2018 to promote the album.

Here are the important details:

  • The album will be available on double LP coloured vinyl, and CD.
  • You can pre-order the album at the official John 5 store now: john-5.com/store/. It will be released on January 25th and on the same day on digital formats (streaming and purchasing).
  • There will also be available to purchase separately, an amazing 24-page full-color tour book covering the tour journeys so far.

    Keep it locked to john-5.com to find out when the pre-sale will commence and for more news.

    To view the FULL TRACKLIST, click >>> (more…)


    Vote John 5 “Best rock guitarist”

    John 5 Best Rock Guitarist 2017

    John 5 Best Rock Guitarist 2017

    John 5 has been nominated by Music Radar and Total Guitar in their Best Rock Guitarist category.

    I am very honored to be nominated in MusicRadar​ & Total Guitar​’s Best Rock Guitarist category. To be nominated among so many of my friends, peers and heroes, really means the world to me. But now it’s up to you!

    This is a People’s Vote, so now it’s up to you! Vote here: http://bit.ly/BestRockGuitarist17

    Voting closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 3 December 2017.


    Get John 5 & The Creatures cover of Enter Sandman on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and more now!

    John 5 Enter Sandman

    John 5 Enter Sandman

    Happy Friday 13th everyone! What a perfect day to unleash John 5 & The Creatures cover of the Metallica classic “Enter Sandman”.

    John 5 recently exclusively revealed the track on pal Eddie Trunks radio show.

    The track is currently available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and more. More retailers will be added to the link below as they become available.

    Purchase the track today and then play it very VERY LOUD! http://smarturl.it/john5entersandman


    Listen to John 5’s cover of Metallica’s classic ‘Enter Sandman’ on Sirius XM today

    John 5 Enter Sandman

    John 5 Enter Sandman

    John 5 will be on his buddy Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation, via SXM Hair Nation, today at 5:30 P ET to debut a new instrumental track.

    This time he will be wowing fans with a cover of the Metallica Classic ‘Enter Sandman’.

    This is an exclusive debut for the track.

    We will let you know when it becomes available.


    John 5 to make live appearance at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

    Loudwire Music Awards 2017

    Loudwire Music Awards 2017

    2017’s Loudwire Music Awards will take place on October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.

    As well as performances from Dave Mustaine, Anthrax, Rob Halford and Halestorm, there will be several guest presenters, including John 5.

    The night will also include honors for Tony Iommi and Sammy Hagar.

    The awards night is open to the public and tickets are on sale now at this location.

    For more details, go here: loudwire.com/megadeth-dave-mustaine-sammy-hagar-zakk-wylde-more-added-2017-loudwire-music-awards/


    Season of the Witch OUT TODAY – John 5 and The Creatures start 35 date tour

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    Season Of The Witch, the brand new full-length instrumental solo album from world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, is out today and can be ordered on CD via the John 5 store, on Amazon MP3, iTunes and for streaming on Spotify. Season Of The Witch features JOHN 5’s backing band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), and features experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5’s diverse virtuosic abilities.

    In celebration of the album’s release, JOHN 5 and The Creatures kick off their U.S. tour in Fife, WA today! The tour will hit roughly 35 cities, coming to an end in Chicago, IL on April 16. Tickets and VIP are available now – visit the tour page for more information.

    JOHN 5 took a different approach with the release of Season Of The Witch, choosing to share his new music with fans throughout 2016 by releasing several tracks individually in the form of various music videos. Tracks/videos released include the fast-paced “Black Grass Plague”, downtempo, introspective “Behind The Nut Love”, hard rocking “Now Fear This”, jazz fusion marathon “Here’s To The Crazy Ones” (featuring a bit of “monkeying around”), heavy metal Claymation shredfest “Making Monsters”, and last but not least, the whiskey-soaked “Hell Haw”. The videos have garnered nearly a million views, collectively.

    “Since music is so visual nowadays, I thought these videos would be the best way to get my music out there, and it seems to have worked – now everybody knows the songs on the record,” states JOHN 5. “I put so much work into this record with the videos, the artwork, the songwriting and the playing – out of my catalog, this is by far my favorite solo record.”


    From Pro Audio Land: Win John 5 signed Tele & Coffin Case

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    Check out this FANTASTIC contest that is being sponsored by our friends at www.ProAudioLand.com.

    One lucky fan could win “a new John5 Signature Fender Squier Telecaster and Coffin Case Autographed By John 5.”

    In addition to being entered to win every entry automatically gets a $15 coupon code to use on anything $99 and above.”

    To enter, please go here: proaudioland.com/coffin-case-john5-guitar-giveaway

    Contest ends March 31st and all winners ill be announced here on April 5th, 2017. For all contest rules and questions please see proaudioland.com/coffin-case-john5-guitar-giveaway who are running the contest.


    Pre-Order “Season of the Witch” CD from John 5 store

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    The brand new album “Season of the Witch” from John 5 and The Creatures, is available to pre-order from the official John 5 store.

    The 13 track album, which comes out March 3rd, features tracks released last year by John 5 as part of a video/single promotion and other new tracks including “Ode to Jasper” – a tribute to John 5’s beloved dog who passed away sadly last year.

    To pre-order the album, go here: http://smarturl.it/preorderSOTWCD – please note album will ship 10th March 2017. CD will be available to buy at all upcoming John 5 and The Creatures tour dates.


    Season of the Witch track listing revealed

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    John 5 Season of the Witch

    John 5 and The Creatures will be releasing their new album Season of the Witch on March 3, 2017 and we can now show you the tracklist from the album.

    These include the 2016 single releases that were put out between touring, including Black Grass Plague, Hell Haw and Making Monsters, as well as new tracks which include Guitars, Tits And Monsters, and John 5’s homage to his late dog Jasper, Ode To Jasper.

    John 5 and The Creatures are heading out on the road in March and April in support of the album, and you can see a full list of tour dates here (with more to be announced SOON).

    Speaking about the album John says it’s his favourite so far: “Since music is so visual nowadays, I thought these videos would be the best way to get my music out there, and it seems to have worked — now everybody knows the songs on the record. I put so much work into this record with the videos, the artwork, the songwriting and the playing — out of my catalog, this is by far my favorite solo record.”

    Pre-orders will become available via iTunes in early February.

    To see the 13 track names in full, click >>>  (more…)


    Loudwire 6th Annual Music Awards placements for John 5 and The Creatures

    Loudwire 6th Annual Music Awards results

    Loudwire 6th Annual Music Awards results

    First of all a HUGE thank you to all the fans for their support, their votes, their shares and their promotions on John 5’s nominations in the 6th Annual Music Awards.  Being voted amongst friends and peers was a huge honor for John.

    The results are in for Best Guitarist and Best Rock Video and we are really pleased with the results – a huge congrats to the winners in these categories – Slash (Best Guitarist) and Disturbed (Best Rock Video).

    For Best Guitarist John 5 came 4th place in a category of huge hitters and so many talented people whose John looks up to, calls friend and is pleased just to have been nominated with and for Best Rock Video, The Creatures “Making Monsters” came 3rd, and it’s a huge congrats to the people involved in the video, including directors Jonny Coffin and Lord Zane.

    Speaking on the results John says: “THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the Loudwire Music Awards. Your votes for my nomination as Best Guitarist and The Creatures for our video Making Monsters has meant a lot. The support you guys have shown means a great deal. Just being nominated amongst friends and peers was such an honor! No matter the results, You guys rock!”


    Teaser trailer for “Season of the Witch” album

    Season of the Witch video trailer John 5 Josh Hasty John 5 and The Creatures

     

    Hot on the announcement that John 5 and The Creatures will be releasing a new album on March 3 2017, which will be followed by a tour, you can now watch the teaser trailer.

    The video has been directed by Josh Hasty, whom Rob Zombie and John 5 fans will be aware directed the recent “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn” behind the scenes making of documentary for Rob Zombie’s movie 31.

    More details are coming soon, so keep it locked to john-5.com and don’t forget to SPREAD THE WORD!