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John 5 speaks to Revolver Mag about MARILYN MANSON, PLAYING FOR PRINCE, NEW ROB ZOMBIE ALBUM & more

John 5 Revolver Magazine Interview

John 5 Revolver Magazine Interview

From Revolver Magazine:

This year sees John 5 juggling the release of what he calls a “very heavy” new Zombie record with his own recently unleashed solo record Invasion, for which he plans to release a separate music video for each track.

Following a successful spring solo tour and the aforementioned Twins of Evil tour, John 5 will be out on the road with his backing band the Creatures for the Invasion Tour 2019 that sees him booked through the end of November. Read on to find out how he’s managing this breakneck pace without, you know, actually breaking his neck.

Read the interview in full here: revolvermag.com/music/john-5-marilyn-manson-show-prince-rob-zombie


John 5 speaks to Guitar Player Mag about making 2019’s most shred worthy album!

John 5 Guitar Player Magazine 2019

John 5 Guitar Player Magazine 2019

From Guitar Player Magazine:

While a sizable contingent of metal fans know John 5 from his longtime gig as Rob Zombie’s ghoulishly flamboyant shred master, guitar enthusiasts have a broader picture of him — that of a deeply eclectic and prodigiously proficient player schooled in country, bluegrass, western swing, jazz and flamenco. Whether he’s peeling off hyperspeed chicken-pickin’ lines, replicating cascading banjo rolls, or dispatching immaculate, sweep-picked solos, there seems to be no end to his knowledge or skill set.

“I appreciate anything that’s done well,” John states. “You could be throwing knives or juggling bowling pins, and I’ll be amazed.

“But with music, it goes a lot further. If I hear a bluegrass player killin’ it, I’m like, ‘I have to play that!’ And if I hear a metal player rippin’ it, my brain just fries. So I have to learn what they’re doing and execute it perfectly. I obsess over it, and I love it dearly.”

Read the interview in full here: guitarplayer.com/john5-on-how-he-made-2019-most-shredworthy-album

Photo: NEIL ZLOZOWER/ATLAS ICONS


John 5 and The Creatures add additional date to Invasion Part 2 tour this Fall!

Last week John 5 and The Creatures announced that they will be back on the road from November this year, teaming up with Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack for what is being billed “Invasion Part 2”.

In addition to the 22 dates already announced, The Creatures are happy to be adding a new date:

  • November 10th at Barleycorn’s in Wichita Kansas.

Tickets and VIP are available now – go to john-5.com/main/tour/ for all links and dates.

Please note this is a 21+ show.


John 5 The Creatures announce new Invasion tour dates starting in October 2019

John 5 Creatures Jared James Nichols Reverend Jack Invasion tour 2019

John 5 Creatures Jared James Nichols Reverend Jack Invasion tour 2019

Fresh on the back of last week’s release of the amazing new John 5 and The Creatures album Invasion, the band are announcing a US tour which will start this October 30th at the Music Factory in Battle Creek, MI.

Joining The Creatures on this 22 date tour, is Jared James Nichols, who earlier this year teamed up for the Invasion (part 1) tour. Also The Creatures are welcoming Reverend Jack to the line-up.

Dates as follows:

30 Oct: Music Factory – Battle Creek MI

31 Oct: The Winchester – Cleveland OH

01 Nov: Token Lounge – Detroit MI

02 Nov: Reggie’s – Chicago IL

03 Nov: Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle WI

05 Nov: 1175 – Kansasville WI

06 Nov: Turf Club – Minneapolis MN

07 Nov: Lefty’s – Des Moines IA

08 Nov: Sokol Underground – Omaha NE

09 Nov: The Bottleneck – Lawrence KS

11 Nov: Fubar – St Louis MO

12 Nov: Growlers – Memphis TN

14 Nov: Smith’s Old Bar – Atlanta GA

15 Nov: The Parish @ H.O.B – New Orleans LA

16 Nov: Village Door Hall – Miramar Beach FL

17 Nov: The Basement East – Nashville TN

18 Nov: Amos Southend – Charlotte NC

20 Nov: Blind Tiger – Greensboror NC

21 Nov: Ram’s Head on Stage – Annapolis MD

22 Nov: Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia PA

23 Nov: Chameleon Club – Lancaster PA

24 Nov: Montage Music Hall – Rochester NY

Tickets and VIP packages will be available from john-5.com/main/tour/

To see the tour poster, click >>> (more…)


[Listen] John 5 speaks to PureGrainAudio about touring, anti-freeze guitars, his KISS collection and much much more.

From PureGrainAudio:

John 5 is a guitarist who should need no introductions. From David Lee Roth to Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, his unique guitar stylings have wowed fans for over two decades now. Over the years, John 5 (given name: John William Lowery) has built up a fanbase of followers as a killer guitarist, adaptable session man, and a great solo artist. Over the past fifteen years, John 5 has recorded nine solo guitar albums, with his latest, Invasion, due for release on July 31st.

John 5 chatted with PureGrainAudio a few weeks ago by phone….many of John’s answers come to life as you listen to his answers.


Dead Rhetoric reviews Invasion: “A cavalcade of guitar effects, sounds and styles that illustrates the depth of creativity.”

Invasion John 5 and The Creatures

Invasion John 5 and The Creatures

Invasion, the ninth studio album from John 5, and the third album released under the John 5 and The Creatures moniker, will come out this Wednesday (July 31st). Online magazine Dead Rhetoric have give the album 8.5 out of 10, saying;

“…Invasion is the total package. A cavalcade of guitar effects, sounds and styles that illustrates the depth of creativity and skill John 5 and The Creatures possess that will soon have you hitting the replay button to discover even more of the tricks and treats found within.”

Red the reviews in full here: deadrhetoric.com/reviews/john-5-and-the-creatures-invasion

You can pre-order ‘Invasion’ here: https://smarturl.it/invasionpreorderJ5 (contains digital, and physical release options). And don’t forget, the video for ‘I Want It All’ also comes out on the 31st.


‘I Want It All’ music video premieres July 31st. Set your reminders!

I Want It All John 5 and The Creatures

From John 5:

My new album ‘Invasion’ is out uly 31st (digital) and Sept 1st (CD & LTD ED Box Set). Be one of the first to watch my new music video ‘I Want It All’ which will premiere July 31st.

Click the video link [above] to set your reminders.

The video is directed by Israel Perez Hortal, who also directed the video for Crank It – Living With Ghosts.

You can pre-order ‘Invasion’ here: https://smarturl.it/invasionpreorderJ5 (contains digital, and physical release options)


Screamer Magazine interviews John 5: ” I feel inspired, and I love to experiment, so hopefully everyone loves this record as much as I do.”

john 5 interview screamer magazine

john 5 interview screamer magazine

From Screamer Magazine:

[John 5] sat down with Screamer Magazine to talk about all things J5, from The Creatures’ new album Invasion (to be released coincidentally on his birthday, July 31st ) and the accompanying promotional tour to the Twins of Evil Tour with Zombie and Manson. 

“The incorporation of different styles is just a reflection of my love of music, and so when I add in some country, jazz, rock or bluegrass, it’s just a way of showing my appreciation and loving what sounds good. I just love anyone that does something really well. I feel inspired, and I love to experiment, so hopefully everyone loves this record as much as I do.”

To read the interview in full, go here: screamermagazine.com/interviews/john-5-talks-touring-twins-creatures/


Metal Nation reviews Invasion: “The Invasion is coming, prepare to be overcome.”

Invasion John 5 and The Creatures

Invasion John 5 and The Creatures

Invasion is out in just FIVE MORE DAYS! Here is another FANTASTIC review, this time from our friends at Metal Nation:

Invasion is quite a bit different than J5’s other offerings, yet you can still easily hear it is John 5. He has a distinctive sound, which is incredible since he plays many different genres of music within each album. The Creatures have continued to impress with the fluid distribution of their instruments, which invade and captures the essence of the music overall. What some would possibly believe about solo guitar work and the probability of it all “sounding the same” from the same musician, would be absolutely incorrect when it comes to John 5 and the Creatures. They are remarkably diverse which keeps you interested album after album. The Invasion is coming, prepare to be overcome.

Invasion is out on July 31st (digital) and Sept 1st (CD & LTD ED Box Set) – pre-order yours here: https://smarturl.it/invasionpreorderJ5 (contains digital, and physical release options).


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/


[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] John 5 play through of Zoinks via Guitar World.

John 5 Zoinks Guitar World

From Guitar World:

John 5 stopped by the Guitar World studio to play through his new song “ZOINKS!” from the album ‘Invasion.’ ‘Check it out!

Purchase/Stream/Watch the ZOINKS! single: smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures


“MIDNIGHT MASS” THE NEW SINGLE FROM JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES, AVAILABLE TO BUY OR STREAM FROM TODAY!

Midnight Mass John 5 and The Creatures

Midnight Mass John 5 and The Creatures

It’s the first of the month, which means in addition to your bills being due, it’s time for a new JOHN 5 video! JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – have released yet another visually-stunning music video in support of their forthcoming full-length album, Invasion.

The new video, this time for the track “Midnight Mass”, features exclusive behind-the-scenes tour clips and live performance footage (featuring a few exciting cameos here and there) from the current JOHN 5 and The CreaturesInvasion headline tour. The video was directed by Chris Huber, and the single cover art (above) was created by Brett Boggs.

Watch the “Midnight Mass” video and download/stream the track here: http://smarturl.it/MidnightMassJ5

JOHN 5 says about the video: “This is what it’s like to be on the road with The Creatures – fast, crazy, fun and scary – all those good things. We hope you enjoy the video!”

Just like 2017’s Season of the Witch, Invasion – produced and mixed by Barry Pointer and scheduled for release during the summer of 2019 – will be released via a series of music videos. While online, check out more new music videos/tracks by JOHN 5 and The Creatures, cut from Invasion.

“Zoinks!” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures

“Crank It – Living With Ghosts” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/crankitj5

“I Am John 5” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/iamjohn5

JOHN 5 and The Creatures are on the road now on their North American Invasion tour! Special guests have included the likes of the mighty Alice Cooper in Mesa, AZ, and the Hollywood, CA show is scheduled to feature special guests Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), Fred Coury (composer, Cinderella) and Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, ex-Van Halen).

The entire tour features support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols and rock outfit Dead Girls Academy. Tickets and VIP packages are available now via john-5.com/main/tour/


“Midnight Mass” the brand new video/single from John 5 and The Creatures coming April 1st

Midnight Mass John 5 and The Creatures

Midnight Mass“, is the next video/single from John 5 and The Creatures and features a tour de force of clips from The Creatures current Invasion 2019 tour and a blisteringly hot track that you will want to play VERY LOUD!

The video is directed by Chris Huber and features single artwork by Brett Boggs who has worked on several “Invasion” singles (Zoinks!, I am John 5).

The video and single will be available to stream and purchase from April 1 via all good digital retailers (more details coming soon). Set your reminders so you can be one of the first in the world to see it as it goes live! To take part in the premiere, 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!

In the meantime, listen to the first three tracks from Invasion by clicking the links below. The album “Invasion” is due out summer 2019.

“Zoinks!” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/zoinksJ5Creatures

“Crank It – Living With Ghosts” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/crankitj5

“I am John 5” music video/download/stream: http://smarturl.it/iamjohn5


[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 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


[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.


Nita Strauss to open for The Creatures & Jared James Nichols on April 14th

Nita Strauss John 5 and The Creatures

Nita Strauss John 5 and The Creatures

John 5 and The Creatures and Jared James Nichols are pleased to announce that the absolutely shred-tastic Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) will be opening at the Invasion 2019 show at Brick by Brick in San Diego.

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out!

Go to the tour page to get tickets for this show and the rest of the tour: john-5.com/main/tour/ 


John 5 announces special guests for Whisky A Go Go

John 5 and the Creatures The World Famous Whisky A Go Go Special Guests

John 5 and the Creatures The World Famous Whisky A Go Go Special Guests

UPDATED MARCH 4, 2019: Thank you everyone! This show is now SOLD OUT! Vip packages still available!

John 5 has announced some special guests will be joining The Creatures for their April 6th show at The World Famous Whisky A Go Go.

Slipknot and Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor, Shavo from System of a Down, Anthony Bassman and Fred Coury.

VIP can be found here: john-5.com/main/tour

Get these quickly! Tickets are selling fast for all the shows!


[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/