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John 5 discusses “It’s Alive” tour and working with Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth and more with Metal Titans

From Metal Titans:

Guitar wizard John 5 is currently on tour in support of his live effort titled ‘It’s Alive!’ The guitarist caught up with Metal Titans on 4.5.18 to talk about the live record and his past works with 2wo, David Lee Roth [amongst others] and the upcoming co-headlining tour with former bandmate Marilyn Manson.

Before that however he has this tour with The Creatures that he must wrap up. Metal Titans will be on site for coverage of his Portland, Oregon show on 4.20.18, for now catch this interview.

Read the interview here: http://www.metaltitans.com/j5-exclusive2018/

Photo by Charlene Tupper.


John 5 shares his favorite live albums with The Fresno Bee

John 5 Rob Fenn

John 5 Rob Fenn

From The Fresno Bee:

John 5 wasn’t planning to do a live album. It’s not something one does spur-of-the-moment like.

“If you’re going to make a live record, you have to prepare,” says the guitarist, talking in advance of his performance with his band, The Creatures, Saturday night at Full Circle Brewing Company….

“We see how tight and how perfect we can get every show,” he says. “When it all comes together. It’s pretty wonderful.”

Here, John 5 talks about his favorite live albums.

To read the interview in full go here: fresnobee.com/entertainment/article208305819


John 5 speaks to the East Valley Tribune; “There’s a connection during those shows. It’s really wonderful”.

From East Valley Tribune:

Donning extravagant costumes while on tour with Rob Zombie, guitarist John 5 is used to having sweat in his eyes and makeup running down his face. For the native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Arizona’s intense heat makes it even better, he said.

“Usually when we tour with Rob Zombie, it’s the summer,” John 5 said. “They call me the ‘lizard’ because I love it. I’ll be outside and everybody else will in the air conditioning. It’s really weird. I love it. I sweat and everything, but I love it.”

When John 5 returns to the Valley on Wednesday, April 4, as a solo artist, he’ll play indoors at Club Red in Mesa.”

Read the interview in full here: eastvalleytribune.com/get_out/rob-zombie-guitarist-john-feels-the-heat


“When Hee-Haw Goes Metal”. John 5 talks to the Houston Press

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

John 5 and The Creatures are hitting the road again this week for the second leg of the It’s Alive tour.

Ahead of their show on March 31, at the Scout Bar, John 5 spoke with the Houston Press.

This show is so crazy, and most people that come see the show are like, ‘Oh my God; this is totally insane,’” John 5 said. “There’s so much music and it’s such a cool thing. If ‘Hee-Haw’ and metal mixed into a show, that’s my style.”

Read the interview in full here: houstonpress.com/music/john-5

Don’t miss out on the second leg of the tour. Ticket and VIP links here: john-5.com/main/tour/


Slayers’ Gary Holt to join The Creatures in Sacramento on April 15

From John 5:

Sacramento, you’re in luck.

Look who is joining me at Harlow’s: @garyholt_official

Get your tickets quick: john-5.com/main/tour/


Sebastian Bach to join John 5 and The Creatures on April 11 in Ventura CA

From John 5:

I am going to be joined by a very special guest at The Discovery in Ventura CA –  Sebastian Bach!

It’s going to be a wild night!

Don’t miss out! Tickets and VIP: john-5.com/main/tour/


John 5 talks to In The Loop about touring, KISS and the forthcoming Rob Zombie album

From In The Loop Magazine:

In The Loop Magazine’s Christopher David recently had a chat with guitar legend in the making, John 5. John 5 has been around for some time now playing with iconic industrial metal bands like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but he’s been building his own fan base strong for many years as well with his own solo work.

John 5 and The Creatures played at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago to a completely packed house filled with fans from all his works. This is his third time around with the Creatures and each time has grown larger and larger. So much so that if he does this again next year, might need to look into a larger venue.”

To read the interview in full, go here: beintheloopchicago.com/john-5-talks-touring-kiss-rob-zombie/

Photo by James Currie / In The Loop Magazine.


John 5 talks “It’s Alive” with Loudwire

John 5 Interview Loudwire

From Loudwire:

Guitar giant John 5 recently stopped by our studio to talk about his first ever live album, It’s Alive! John 5 also discussed one of his favorite Rob Zombie tracks and spoke about how he always feels comfortable with a guitar in his hands.

To see the exclusive video interview, go here: loudwire.com/john-5-its-alive-rob-zombie


[Watch] John 5 speaks to Rock Titan Music Television

From Rock Titan Music TV:

John 5 is currently on tour in support of his first LIVE release “It’s Alive”! We were fortunate enough to catch up at Sellersville Theater & Washington House Hotel & Restaurant where “It’s Alive” was created. We covered everything from his days with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Rob Zombie, Paul Stanley and his thoughts on Vinyl! A great conversation with one of the greatest guitarists in the world, and an awesome guy to boot.

See more of Rock Titan Music’s coverage of the Sellersville show here: rocktitan.tv/john-5-returns-to-sellersville/


John 5 speaks to Guitar Play Magazine about shredding, diversity and more

John 5 features in the March edition of Guitar Player Magazine. He also chats with them on their website.

From Guitar Player:

John 5 certainly knows how to entertain. His stage persona, his inventive videos, and his other gig playing arenas with Rob Zombie certainly attest to his larger-than-life charisma. But there’s much more to John 5’s performances than showbiz. He is a consummate technician who can shred some metal, and then zoom through Joe Maphis-inspired country swing—all on his signature Telecasters. Obviously, maintaining such high-level chops takes commitment

Read the interview in full here: https://www.guitarplayer.com/players/john-5-on-shredding-diversity-and-keeping-audiences-engaged


Pressure Life has an early morning chat with John 5

John 5 Pressure Life

From PressureLife:

John 5 has one of rock and roll’s most impressive resumes, having worked with a laundry list of world-renowned artists such as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie over the course of his 30-year career.

The guitarist will be performing at The Beachland Ballroom this Friday Feb. 16 with his band The Creatures to promote new live double album It’s Alive! Recently, I had a very nice conversation with John about the album, the tour, and being a vegan.

Read the interview in full: pressurelife.com/early-morning-chat-john-5/

For all ticket/tour info, go here: john-5.com/main/tour/
Photo by James Villa Photography.


John 5 speaks to Metal Insider about ‘It’s Alive’: “I’m very proud of it that’s why I wanted to put it out, tour it, and celebrate it”

John 5 Metal Insider

From Metal Insider:

Touring in support of his new live record, “It’s Alive”, I caught up with John after a performance at the Stanhope House in New Jersey to discuss the show, the new Rob Zombie album, playing with his childhood heroes, and more.

Read the full interview here: metalinsider.net/interviews/john-5-talks-live-album and see more images from Wes Orshoski that were taken the following evening in New York City.

Photo by Wes Orshoski.


[Listen] John 5 on Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

John 5 Rock Talk Interview

John 5 Rock Talk Interview

From Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon:

On this episode of Westwood One’s ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON:

Mitch welcomes Rob Zombie guitarist JOHN 5. The pair discuss his great new live album It’s Alive, progress on the new Rob Zombie album, his friendship with original KISS drummer PETER CRISS, writing with Desmond Child, his work with the SCORPIONS & Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Rickey Medlocke and more.


[Interview] John 5 speaks to the Morning Call about touring, recording, performing and more: “this is by far the happiest time of my life”.

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

Another interview ahead of the Sellersville, PA show on February 10th, this time with the Morning Call who talk in depth with John 5 about the making of the “It’s Alive” album, including why he decided to release it on vinyl; “What a fun thing. Let’s put it out on vinyl because it really feels like an old-time record,” he says. “Because there was no overdubs; there wasn’t anything done to this record. So it really feels like one of those old-school records. And that’s why I was, like, ‘Let’s put it out on vinyl. It’ll be fun for people to have“.

John 5 also talks about his relationship with Rob Zombie “…the guy’s taught me so much about the business, and he’s taught me so much in general. So I’m thankful for him“.

To read the interview in full, go here: mcall.com/entertainment/john-5-live-album-solo-sellersville-story

For all “It’s Alive” tour tickets, go here; john-5.com/main/tour/


[Interview] John 5 talks to the Philly Voice about returning to the birth-place of the “It’s Alive” album

John 5 Rob Fenn

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John 5 and The Creatures will make a return run to Sellersville, PA, to play in the venue that is the birth-place of the “It’s Alive” album. He speaks to the Philly Voice about how it came to be, what he’s learnt from the many front-men he has supported and more.

From Philly Voice:

He [John 5] was surprised when a Sellersville sound engineer asked him two years ago if he would like his show recorded.

“I said, ‘Yes, no problem. That would be cool.’ It was a privilege to record at the Sellersville Theater. It’s so close to Philadelphia, but it’s just outside the city and it has its own vibe going on. It’s a charming place. I love playing the intimate venues with great acoustics.”

To read the interview in full, go here: phillyvoice.com/john-5-returns-to-a-local-favorite-stage-/

For all “It’s Alive” tour tickets, go here; john-5.com/main/tour/


[Review] John 5 and The Creatures are “absolutely masterful”.

John 5 and The Creatures review tour Ink19

John 5 and The Creatures review tour Ink19

Ink19.com were at The Social in Orlando, FL on February 1, to see John 5 and The Creatures on their “It’s Alive” tour.

The entire troupe was absolutely masterful – playing more precisely than most people can even think. For his part, J5 slayed ’em all – big guitars, little guitars, banjos too. And he wowed the faithful further when attacking an oil-filled, clear acrylic Telecaster with a violin bow, a la Jimmy Page. But he “closed” the deal with a unique, retina-searing, multi laser-shooting Telecaster. Truly impressive.”

Read the review in full here: ink19.com/2018/02/magazine/event-reviews/john-5-and-the-creatures


[Interview] John 5 Talks About the Art of Shredding with CleveScene.com

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

John 5 107.7 The Bone Interview

On February 16th, John 5 and The Creatures will be taking their “It’s Alive” tour to the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH.

Ahead of the show, John 5 takes clevescene.com/ on a journey through his musical career, as well as talking about how “It’s Alive” came to be and how music has changed over the years; “It’s a tough market, but I love it. I don’t do it for the money; I just do it for the love of the guitar“.

To read the interview in full, go here: clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/2018/02/06/john-5-talks-about-the-art-of-shredding

Tickets and VIP packages for all John 5 and The Creatures shows can be found here: john-5.com/main/tour/


[Interview] “I love being outside my comfort zone, that’s what makes everything challenging.”

John 5 Metal Temple Interview

John 5 Metal Temple Interview

From Metal-Temple.com:

Due to the new JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES live album titled “It’s Alive!”, Metal Temple’s Harel Golstein was lucky enough to chat with world-renowned guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, EX- MARILYN MANSON) on the new album (also his first release with The Creatures to be featured on vinyl). John 5 talked about “It’s Alive!” and the upcoming american tour, about his own inspirations; on the new Rob Zombie album (“all we have to do is Drums”), and even on SLAYER’s farewell (“Too soon”).

Read the interview in full here: metal-temple.com/site/musicians/john-5-and-the.htm


[REVIEW] It’s Alive “is one hell of a good time.”

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

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

Our friends over at Metal Assault have reviewed the brand new John 5 and The Creatures album “It’s Alive”.

They give the album a 10 out of 10 rating and say the following of the release:

‘It’s Alive!’ is a fun record, some of the most fun I’ve had listening to a record in recent memory. Just as a live experience should be, John 5 captures the energy of seeing a top-notch live performance. The live renditions manage to both capture and enhance the experience involved within the studio recordings, it really feels like you’re listening to the songs with a fresh shine on it. ‘It’s Alive!’ is a brand new experience regardless of how many times you’ve heard John 5 and the Creatures’ body of work.

Read the review in full here: metalassault.com/2018/01/31/john-5-creatures-its-alive/


[Review] It’s Alive shows “John 5 and the Creatures are the real deal”.

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

John 5 and The Creatures Live album 2018

Our friends at MORTIS MEDIA, have posted a review of the brand new album from John 5 and The Creatures: “It’s Alive”.

To call J5 a “good” guitar player is an understatement. He approaches the double edged sword of playing a show where he, the guitarist, is the center of the action for the whole show without the burden/safety net of a frontman to keep the crowd’s attention. His fretboard pyrotechnics mixed with the ferocity of his backing band leave no question of who is in control here….

If you can’t make a show, get It’s Alive! and you’ll know John 5 and the Creatures are the real deal, too. ”

Read the review in full here: mortismedia.com/John-5-and-the-Creatures-Its-Alive


From The Pit To The Mic: John 5 interview

John 5 The Photo Pit

John 5 The Photo Pit

John 5 speaks with The Photo Pit to look back at his career in great detail, from his early bands: Alligator Soup, to working with Rob Zombie and taking some time to chat about the latest Creatures album “It’s Alive”.

I just wanted to be a session guy so it was really, really exciting for me just to be doing what I was doing, and now to be doing what I’m doing is a complete shock.”

To read the article and listen to the 30 minute interview in full, go here: thephotopit.com/pit-to-the-mic-interview-john-5


John 5 talks to Music Radar about the 10 guitarists who blew his mind

John 5, Chelsea Lauren

John 5, Chelsea Lauren

As well as talking to Music Radar about the brand new John 5 and The Creatures album ‘It’s Alive‘: “It’s a lot of work to pull it off perfectly – you are really, really naked up there!”, John 5 shares with Music Radar “the 10 guitarists who blew his mind…”.

To read in full, go here: musicradar.com/news/john-5-these-are-the-10-guitarists-who-blew-my-mind


[Listen] John 5 talks to the folks at Iron City Rocks Podcast

John 5 Iron City Rocks

John 5 Iron City Rocks

From Iron City Rocks:

In Episode 364 we are joined once again by guitarist John 5. In January John 5 and the Creatures released their first live album, It’s Alive. John talks to us about the interesting circumstances that led to this show being virtually, spontaneously recorded in Sellersville, PA last April at the Sellersville Theatre. We talk about about the precision with which John 5 and the Creatures approach the material, some of the things that make the classic live albums classic, and more.

John 5 and the Creatures will be at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA on February 15th.

Audio: ironcityrocks.com/podcast/Episode_364.mp3
More Information: ironcityrocks.com/episode-364/


Rex Brown will be joining the Creatures on April 2

John 5 Rex Brown

John 5 Rex Brown

Grammy Nominated bassist Rex Brown, who has played with Pantera, Down and Kill Devil Hill, will be joining The Creatures at Launchpad on April 2 in Alberquerque.

My good friend Rex Brown is going to jump on stage with us in Albuquerque. Get your tickets now!

All ticket and VIP links can be found here: john-5.com/main/tour/