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John 5 and The Creatures to play one-off show with The Aristocrats

John 5 and The Creatures The Aristocrats

John 5 and The Creatures The Aristocrats

Check this out John 5 and The Creatures fans! The Creatures will be joining The Aristocrats to co-headline an amazing night of instrumental euphoria on Sunday, September 1 at 1720 E 16th Street- Los Angeles,. The show will be the first JOHN 5 performance following the July 31 release of the anxiously awaited new album, Invasion.

“JOHN 5 and The Aristocrats – It doesn’t get much better than that,” John 5 says. “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”

The Aristocrats are made up of three internationally recognized musicians: guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS, Hans Zimmer), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Steve Hackett). Says The Aristocrats,

“We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show – and that goes double for a JOHN 5/Aristocrats double bill! We’re psyched because The Aristocrats and JOHN 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle. Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent.”

The opening act for the evening will be the popular rock-fusion trio Travis Larson Band.

Tickets and VIP (VIP on sale at the store does not include The Aristocrats) are on sale from TODAY!  For all ticket/VIP links, go to: john-5.com/main/tour/.

DON’T miss out!


Watch “Talking Shred With John 5”

John 5 Master of Shred interview

From Masters of Shred:

🔥Masters of Shred’s very own, Derek ‘Mr. Shred’ Thomas, had the pleasure of sitting down with the Chicken Picken’ Shred Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mighty John 5, and TALKING SOME SHRED!

We covered everything from Johns unreleased album with the Diamond David Lee Roth to his respect for the Mighty Buckethead, you are not going to want to miss this!


[LISTEN] John 5 speaks to Riki Rachtman about the infamous ‘Cathouse’ in Hollywood

John 5 Cathouse Hollywood podcast

John 5 Cathouse Hollywood podcast

From Riki Ractman’s Cathouse Hollywood Podcast:

Riki Rachtman brings us back to 1988. Sunset Strip Tattoo. What role did this legendary shop play in the Cathouse Tale.

John 5 is one of the top guitarists in rock today. He currently is a successful solo artist and plays with Rob Zombie. Prior to playing with Marilyn Manson or David Lee Roth John 5 was a 17 year old kid sneaking into the Adult world of the Cathouse. John 5 joins Riki for more uncensored tales from Rocks most decadent era.

The podcast is available now on : https://smarturl.it/CathousePodcastJohn5

Or listen below on Spotify:


[Watch] John 5 shreds bluegrass and more with Loudwire’s Gear Factor

John 5 Loudwire

From Loudwire’s Gear Factor:

Saaaalute! We’re back for another edition of Loudwire’s Gear Factor, powered by Sweetwater, and guitar great John 5 is ready to display some fresh riffage from his new album Invasion that comes from his ever eclectic mind….First up is a song called “Howdy” that falls outside of what you might expect, inspired by one of the ’70s long running musical TV shows.

“It’s kind of my tribute to Hee-Haw and it’s total bluegrass,” says John 5, ready to do some pickin’ and grinnin’ for the camera. John 5 and Squiggy bond of their love of the Roy Clark and Buck Owens-led show, with John 5 stating, “They’re all just totally shredding up there.”

The guitarist then unleashes the heavier, but DJ influenced sounds of “Crank It” to the delight of Squiggy and the viewing audience. “I just enjoy that kind of stuff where if something is hooky, catchy, I’m like why not? It doesn’t matter if it’s rock or anything that’s good, I love it.”


[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


Watch as John 5 plays his favorite TV Theme Songs with Loudwire

John 5 Loudwire

From Loudwire:

We know you love music, but how well do you remember some of TV’s top themes? On this edition of Loudwire’s Gear Factor, powered by Sweetwater, the Music Experience‘s Squiggy meets up with guitar great John 5 at his SoCal home and the discussion detoured into talk of favorite TV themes.

For many of you viewers, this segment will offer up a sense of nostalgia. John 5 actually serves up two sitcom themes from his youth, with two shows that started in the ’60s and ran into the ’70s, but became popular with kids of the guitarist’s generation. See how quickly you pick up on these classics.


“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/


[Listen] Wired in the Empire with Mike X in wide-ranging interview with John 5

Wired in the Empire interview John 5

Wired in the Empire interview John 5

From Wired In The Empire with Mike X:

John 5 called in to talk about his new solo album and tour playing the Whisky A Go Go on 4/6 and the Parish Room at HOB-Anaheim on 4/7. Here’s what we talked about:

  • New music and videos (0-3)
  • Solo tour at Whisky 4/6 and HOB 4/7 (3-4)
  • Dimebash 2019 remembering Dimebag and Vinnie (4-5)
  • Drummer Randy Castillo (5-6:30)
  • Wayne Static and guitar solo for “Cannibal” (6:30-8)
  • Motley Crue Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars (8-9:30)
  • Rob Zombie new music (9-11)
  • Movie soundtracks (11-13)
  • Flannel Five-Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, AIC, Soundgarden (14-16)
  • Nu Metal Six Pack-RATM, Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Disturbed, SOAD (16-end)


Imagery above uses photo by Steve Brazill. 


“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 shows fans “How To Play” Zoinks, Crank It and I am John 5 with Alternative Press

How to Play John 5 Alternative Press

How to Play John 5 Alternative Press

From Alternative Press:

“John 5 and the Creatures are ready to level the Earth with a sonic-beam of shred with their new record, “Invasion.” For the first time ever, the legendary guitar god sits down to teach you how to play three of his brand new songs in this APTV world exclusive.”

How to play “Zoinks!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-MaDfdxM1w

In this installment, John 5 plays through “Zoinks!” and breaks the lead riff down to chord shape and rhythm and explains everything you need to know to play along with the new album.”

How to play “Crank It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH0yY7zmsC8

“In this APTV exclusive, guitar god John 5 teaches you how to play riffs from his new song “Crank It-Living With Ghosts.” Learn the chord shapes, picking pattern and rhythm to this haunting riff-fest. John 5 also gives a preview of a BRAND NEW song and tells us what we can expect for the upcoming music video, gives an in depth explanation of the “Crank It” writing process and discusses the importance of rhythm in his playing.”

How to play “I am John 5”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk4qhQbvViw

“Virtuoso guitarist John 5 has returned with “Invasion,” a brand new album of face-melting shred and instantly iconic riffs but his main influence behind “I AM JOHN 5” may shock you. In this APTV exclusive, John 5 demonstrates how to play riffs from “I AM JOHN 5″ and explains everything you’ll need to know to play along to the track. The guitar legend also opens up about being open minded to all genres keeps his music fresh.”


John 5 opens up about his inspirations and more with Box of Rock Podcast

John 5 Box of Rock Podcast

John 5 Box of Rock Podcast

From Box of Rock 2.0 Podcast:

Guitar innovator John 5 talks to Terrie Carr about his incredible career, playing and working with Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and more and his solo career and new release INVASION!

John also tells some great stories about writing with Steve Perry, Nikki Sixx and others, opens up about his inspirations and his cats! 


[Watch] John 5 on Betcha Can’t Play This!

John 5 Betcha Can't Play This

From Guitar World:

Triple-D Rolling Arpeggios.

Guitar great John 5 stopped by the GW video studio recently and offered this beautifully fluid, cascading legato arpeggio sequence that’s fun and rewarding to play!


“I AM JOHN 5” the new single from John 5 & The Creatures, available to buy or stream from TODAY!

I am John 5 video

The new music videos just keep on coming! JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – have released yet another groundbreaking music video in support of their forthcoming full-length album, Invasion, this time for the track “I Am John 5”. The music video acts as a sequel to the album’s first music video/single, “Zoinks!”, once again featuring an innovative blend of classic 2D hand drawn animation and mindblowing 3D computer generated imagery.

As with “Zoinks!”, the “I Am John 5” video was animated, written and directed by Disney animator Brett Boggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), with scoring by Fred Coury and recording/mixing by Barry Pointer. The mad scientist in the “I Am John 5” video is voice acted by none other than Butch Patrick, a.k.a. the great Eddie Munster, himself.

Check out the video and track now via this link: http://smarturl.it/iamjohn5

JOHN 5 says about the video: “In this video, I am transformed into a mechanical monster and controlled by the mad scientist – performed by Butch Patrick aka Eddie Munster – to destroy Hollywood! I’m programmed with my laser beam guitar to destroy everything in my path! You’ll have to watch to see what happens…”

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 byJOHN 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


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


John 5 speaks to The Cornwall Seeker: “If there is a good groove people can latch on to it”.

John 5 Matt Wilson

John 5 Matt Wilson

From The Cornwall Seeker:

John 5 is best known as the current and long-time guitarist of Rob Zombie. He is also the former guitarist of Marilyn Manson, the former guitarist for Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, and the former guitarist of 2wo featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

This is the first time John 5’s backing band The Creatures play in Canada.

“We’re so excited because we’ve never been to Canada with The Creatures. We’re beyond excited to come to Ottawa and rock. It’s going to be a huge show, a crazy rock and roll party! Guitars and monsters and all sorts of crazy stuff will happen. We’re really looking forward to it,” John 5 stated.

Read the interview in full here: theseeker.ca/interview-guitarist-john-5/


[Watch] John 5 shares his “otherworldly” shredding skills with Gear Factor

John 5 Gear Factor

From Gear Factor:

For this latest edition of Gear Factor, Squiggy traveled to Los Angeles to meet up with guitar great John 5, who let us in on a little secret about how his recent single “Zoinks!” came to be.

The guitarist reveals that one of his favorite ways to write is to pull up a metronome and just riff away. For this video, John 5 just pulls up the beat on his phone, then proceeds to break down “Zoinks!.”

Read more here: http://loudwire.com/watch-john-5-shredding/ and watch the shred-tactic video above!


[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.


Set your reminders to watch ‘I am John 5’ on 1 March

I am John 5 - John 5 and The Creatures

The brand new video ‘I am John 5’ will premiere on 1 March 2019, and it’s time to 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!

The video/single is the third to be released by John 5 and The Creatures this year, in anticipation of their next album ‘Invasion’ which is due out in Summer 2019.

‘I am John 5’ has again been directed and animated by Disney animator Brett Boggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), with a score by Fred Coury. The single is part of a series of music video 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.

‘I am John 5’ will be available to stream/buy from your favorite digital retailer/stream site. Follow this link to see all options: smarturl.it/iamjohn5

The Creatures start their Invasion 2019 tour, with support from Jared James Nichols and Dead Girl Academy tomorrow (26 Feb).


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/