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John 5 and The Creatures Announce New Album Details, Winter/Spring 2019 Tour Dates!

John 5 and The Creatures Announce New Album Details, Winter/Spring 2019 Tour Dates!

JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – 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!”, inspired by Scooby-Doo! Directed by Matt Zane with animation from Disney animator Brett Broggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), the video will also feature the voice acting talents of Nikki Sixx, Susan Olsen (known for her role as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch), and Fred Coury. Coury also is credited for scoring the video alongside JOHN 5. The video will be premiered via JOHN 5‘s YouTube channel.

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 album, 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 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The tour will feature support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols.

JOHN 5 says, “Get ready for the Invasion tour! I will be playing some 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!”

See below for all confirmed tour dates. Tickets are available now via individual venues, and VIP packages will be available soon exclusively via www.john-5.com/store.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures Invasion tour dates:
2/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
2/24 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
2/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
3/1 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
3/2 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
3/3 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/5 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
3/6 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
3/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
3/10 – Akron, OH @ Empire Concert Club
3/12 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
3/13 – New York, NY @ Iridium
3/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
3/15 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
3/16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
3/18 – New Bedford, MA @ Vault at Greasy Luck
3/20 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
3/21 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha
3/22 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
3/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
3/24 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
3/26 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramids
3/28 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
3/29 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
3/31 – Vancouver, BC @The Rickshaw Theater
4/2 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
4/3 – Portland, OR @ Dantes
4/5 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky

About JOHN 5:
JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slashhas called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:
JOHN 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums

JOHN 5 online:

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John 5 And The Creatures To Release New Live Album, ‘It’s Alive,’ On January 25th!

John 5 And The Creatures To Release New Live Album, ‘It’s Alive,’ On January 25th!

JOHN 5 and The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix) are set to release a brand new live album, It’s Alive!, in January. Becoming available on Thursday, January 25, 2018, It’s Alive! is the first album released by the world-renowned guitarist to be featured on vinyl. A stunning 24-page, full color tour book covering the JOHN 5 andThe Creatures tour journeys so far will also be available for separate purchase.

Pre-orders are available now at www.john-5.com/store, with more options coming soon. Fans can check back to www.john-5.com for updates.

JOHN 5 says about the recording of It’s Alive!, “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 the crowd 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.”

It’s Alive! track listing:
1. Guitars, Tits and Monsters
2. Flight of The Vulcan Kelly
3. Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell, CA
4. Here’s to the Crazy Ones
5. This is my Rifle
6. Jiffy Jam
7. Hall Haw
8. Season Of The Witch
9. The Nightmare Unravels
10. Portrait of Sydney Sloan
11. Triple D
12. Black Grass Plague
13. Behind The Nut Love
14. Making Monsters
15. Beat It
16. Now Fear This
17. Medley

JOHN 5 adds, “I’m so proud of it that I wanted to put it out and also tour it like bands used to tour live albums back in the 70s. I thought that was so cool! I’ve put out a lot of records, so I thought – goddammit, I’m going to do it!”
 
JOHN 5 and The Creatures will begin an extensive tour of the United States in February for a first leg, and will pick back up in late March for a second. The tour will start in Orlando, FL on February 1 and come to an end in Tacoma, WA on April 21. Tickets will become available very soon, and VIP packages will be available exclusively at www.john-5.com/store. See below for a full listing of dates.

2/1 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
2/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
2/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
2/5 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
2/6 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
2/7 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
2/8 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry
2/9 – College Park, MD @ Milkboy
2/10 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
2/11 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope Theater
2/12 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/13 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
2/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock
2/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland
2/17 – Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
2/18 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
2/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
2/22 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
2/23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
2/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
3/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
3/30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/31 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/2 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/3 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
4/4 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
4/5 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
4/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
4/8 – Fullerton, CA @ SlideBar
4/11 – Ventura, CA @ Discovery
4/12 – San Jose, CA @ Ritz
4/13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/14 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery
4/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
4/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/18 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
4/19 – Bend, OR @ Volacanic Pub
4/20 – Portland, OR @ Hard Rock PDX
4/21 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome – Tacoma Guitar Festival

Many songs that will be heard on tour and on It’s Alive! can be found in their original form via the latest JOHN 5 and The Creatures studio album, Season Of The Witch. The album can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon and John-5.com, or streamed via Spotify. Season Of The Witch showcases experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5‘s diverse virtuosic abilities.

About JOHN 5:
JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others. Season Of The Witch follows his previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:
JOHN 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums

www.instagram.com/john5official

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Guitar Legend JOHN 5 Reveals “Season Of The Witch” Full Track Listing

Guitar Legend JOHN 5 Reveals “Season Of The Witch” Full Track Listing

World-renowned guitarist JOHN 5 recently announced the release of his upcoming eighth full-length solo album, entitled Season Of The Witch. The fully-instrumental album, which features his band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), is set to hit stores on March 3, 2017. The album features experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5‘s diverse virtuosic abilities. Pre-orders will become available via iTunes in early February.

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.”

Season Of The Witch track listing:
1) Book of Spells
2) Black Grass Plague
3) Guitars, Tits and Monsters
4) Now Fear This
5) Behind the Nut Love
6) Making Monsters
7) Dr. Evil’s Spook Show
8) Here’s To The Crazy Ones
9) The Macabre
10) Triple D
11) Hell Haw
12) Ode to Jasper
13) Season Of The Witch

A recently released Season Of The Witch album teaser trailer, directed by Josh Hasty, is available for viewing here

Kicking off the same day as the album release, JOHN 5 and The Creatures will embark on an 18-date US tour, beginning in Fife, WA. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

JOHN 5 “SEASON OF THE WITCH” Tour Dates:

3/3 – Fife, WA @ Louie G’s
3/4 – Everett, WA @ Tony V’s Garage
3/5 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
3/10 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
3/11 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
3/12 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
3/16 – Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Cafe
3/17 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
3/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill
3/19 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
3/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music
3/24 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live
3/25 – Houston, TX @ Scout’s Bar
3/26 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/13 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
4/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
4/15 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
4/16 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies

 

JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul StanleyRod StewartLynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slashhas called JOHN 5“one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril LavigneGarbage, Ricky Martin and others. His upcoming release, Season Of The Witch, follows his previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.

JOHN 5 online:
www.john-5.com
www.facebook.com/John5official
www.twitter.com/john5guitarist
www.instagram.com/john5official

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John 5 & The Creatures Announce Additional Dates For 2015 Tour

John 5 & The Creatures Announce Additional Dates For 2015 Tour

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John 5

John 5 & The Creatures will embark on a string of dates in 2015 in support of CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE starting Sunday, February 8 in Ramona CA. The play list will not only have several songs from the new album, but the band will also play songs from each of John 5’s solo albums. These songs have never been heard live in concert – From the start of his solo career with critically acclaimed albums: VERTIGO, SONGS FOR SANITY all the way to THE DEVIL KNOWS MY NAME and of course, the current release CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE – Now is your chance to be a part of a once in a life time concert!

John 5 & The Creatures consist of John 5 (guitar), Ian Ross (bass) and Rodger Carter (drums). Get your tickets NOW!

TOUR DATES – MORE TO BE ADDED

FEBRUARY

SUN     02/08 RAMONA, CA                       RAMONA MAINSTAGE

TUES    02/10  SAN FRANCISCO, CA           DNA LOUNGE

WED    02/11  LOS ANGELES, CA                 THE WHISKEY A GO-GO

THUR   02/12  SAN JUAN CAP, CA             THE COACH HOUSE

FRI       02/13  LAS VEGAS, NV                     VAMP’D

SAT      02/14  TEMPE, AZ                              PUB ROCK

MON   02/17  MIDLAND, TX                          BLUE MAX

TUES    02/17  LUBBOCK, TX                          JAKES BACKROOM

WED    02/18  AUSTIN, TX                              RED 7

FRI       02/20  TYLER, TX                                 CLICKS LIVE

SAT      02/21  HOUSTON, TX                         SCOUT BAR

TUES    02/24  SAN ANTONIO, TX                 KAPONE’S

WED    02/25  DALLAS, TX                             TREE’S

FRI       02/27  BIRMINGHAM, AL                  WORKPLAY THEATER

SAT      02/28  JOHNSON CITY, TN                CAPONES

 

MARCH

SUN     03/01  HAGERSTOWN, MD               HARD TIMES CAFÉ

WED    03/04  NYC, NY                                 GRAMERCY THEATRE

THUR   03/05  MANCHESTER, NH                 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB

FRI       03/06  STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT        STAFFORD PALACE THEATER

SAT      03/07  ROCHESTER, NY                     MONTAGE MUSIC HALL

MON   03/09  SOUTH BEND, IN                     CHEERS PUB

TUE      03/10  WESTLAND, MI                       THE TOKEN LOUNGE

WED    03/11  JOLIET, IL                                 MOJOES

THUR   03/12  ROCHESTER, MN                    THE WICKED MOOSE

FRI       03/13  SIOUX FALLS, SD                     THE DISTRICT

SUN     03/15  DES MOINES IA                      VAUDVILLE MEWS

SAT      03/21  FT. DEFIANCE, AZ                  FT. DEFIANCE CHAPTER HOUSE

You do NOT want to miss these intimate live shows. More tour dates will be added in the following weeks to come! Full Details and more can be found at www.john-5.com.

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John 5 And The Creatures Announce 2015 Tour Dates

John 5 And The Creatures Announce 2015 Tour Dates

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John 5 & The Creatures will embark on a string of dates in 2015 in support of CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE starting Sunday, February 8 in Ramona CA. The play list will not only have several songs from the new album, but the band will also play songs from each of John 5’s solo albums. These songs have never been heard live in concert – From the start of his solo career with critically acclaimed albums: VERTIGO, SONGS FOR SANITY all the way to THE DEVIL KNOWS MY NAME and of course, the current release CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE – Now is your chance to be a part of a once in a life time concert!

John 5 & The Creatures consist of John 5 (guitar), Ian Ross (bass) and Rodger Carter (drums). Get your tickets NOW!

TOUR DATES – MORE TO BE ADDED

SUN     02/08 RAMONA, CA                       RAMONA MAINSTAGE

TUES    02/10  SAN FRANCISCO, CA           DNA LOUNGE

WED    02/11  LOS ANGELES, CA                 THE WHISKEY A GO-GO

FRI       02/13  LAS VEGAS, NV                     VAMP’D

SAT      02/14  TEMPE, AZ                              PUB ROCK

TUES    02/17  LUBBOCK, TX                          JAKES BACKROOM

WED    02/18  AUSTIN, TX                              MOHAWK

FRI       02/20  TYLER, TX                                 CLICKS

SAT      02/21  HOUSTON, TX                         SCOUT BAR

TUES    02/24  SAN ANTONIO, TX                 KAPONE’S

WED    02/25  DALLAS, TX                             TREE’S

FRI       02/27  FT. DEFIANCE, AZ                  FT. DEFIANCE CHAPTER HOUSE

You do NOT want to miss these intimate live shows. More tour dates will be added in the following weeks to come!

Full Details and more can be found at www.john-5.com.

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CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE: John 5 On His New Album And Live Concert Event

CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE: John 5 On His New Album And Live Concert Event

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From the darkest corners of the twisted mind and imagination of guitarist John 5, comes his new masterpiece ‘Careful With That Axe,’ the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed God Told Me To. Released digitally on August 12, 2014, through 60 Cycle Hum, ‘Careful With That Axe’ is John 5’s eighth solo album and features Rodger Carter on drums and Matt Bissonette on bass.

As main axe wielder for Rob Zombie, John 5 obsessively keeps himself busy both on and off the road, incessantly writing, recording, filming and creating. Recorded at The Doghouse Studios in Los Angeles in between tour legs, ‘Careful With That Axe’ was produced by John 5, along with Rodger Carter, and illustrates his musical growth and talents as a guitar player and composer. Carter and Bissonette are in perfect sync, masterfully laying down the musical dreamscape with technical precision. Packed with rapid-fire, machine-gun riffs and musical crescendos, all intertwined with blistering fast six string assaults and an eerie sense of melody, John 5 leads you on a macabre journey through the twisted minds of a different brand of ax wielders. With compositions such as “Portrait of Sidney Sloan,” “The Dream Slayer” and “Flight Of The Vulcan Kelly,” John’s draws you in with lightning fast leads, completely redefining the term “shredding.”

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John 5

Not to be pigeonholed into any one particular style, ‘Careful With That Axe’ also showcases John 5’s talents and versatility as a guitar virtuoso and musician. From his flawless finger picking technique on the Latin flavored “El Cucuy” and his fast, intricate guitar-work on the classic Jerry Reed covers “Jerry’s Breakdown” and “Jiffy Jam,” banjo included, to anthemic “Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell,” John 5 gracefully weaves in and out of many different styles ranging from metal and rock, to bluegrass, country & western and flamenco, all harmoniously coming together for his magnum opus ‘Careful With That Axe.’

To kick off the Halloween season and celebrate the release of the album, John 5 and The Creatures lead you by the hand down the dark corridors of John 5’s mind and into the nightmarish world of the creatures. This is John 5’s first-ever live solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including live performances of tracks from his latest studio album. This once in a life-time LIVE online video concert is hosted by metal-shredder, Chris Broderick of Megadeth – LiveCast Entertainment, in association with Fender Guitar, Boss Electronics and Dean Markley Strings, are the proud sponsors – John 5 and The Creatures feature John 5 (guitar), Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry “Bones” Dennison (Dio, Tony MacAlpine, Lita Ford) on bass.

This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth Q&A in real-time, which Chris Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed giftsThis event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00pm (PST); Europe at 7:00pm (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00pm (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18, 2014. The tickets are not to a brick & mortar venue, but to a crazy online experience you will only get here, this night only – This will not be archived for later viewing so get your tickets before it sells out – Details can be found at www.john-5.com.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with John 5 to discuss his career, the creation of ‘Careful With That Axe,’ his upcoming projects and much more. 

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John 5

Many people love your work. What are some your first memories of music and, ultimately, what led you to a career in music?

Television was a very big influence on me because it was always on. I loved “The Monkees,” “Hee-Haw” and all of that stuff. I was really glued to and driven to music with those shows. That is what made me want to play guitar. I was really, really into it and started taking lessons when I was 7 years old. It went from there and I was so inspired. I had musical epiphanies all through my life. Originally, I just wanted to be a session musician, that is why I play all of these different styles. I never dreamt of being a rock star or anything like that because it was too far away from my dreams. I didn’t think it was something that was even possible. I was just a session guy and I wanted to learn, learn, learn. That was it!

Who helped to shape the artist we see today?

I loved the country guys like Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins and all of that stuff but I also love KISS, Van Halen and Yngwie [Malmsteen] and those people who also influenced everyone else. Having those epiphanies all through your life is wonderful. I am still looking for inspiration now. For example, there is a guy named Joe Maphis, who is incredible. I just discovered him on YouTube and he is from the 1950s and is a badass country player. He is so cool! So, I am always looking for new inspirations!

You have been very successful. To what do you attribute your longevity?

I don’t know. That is a good question. I just love the guitar and I love playing. It is so important to my life. I do these instrumental records for the love of the guitar, not for money or anything like that. I funded them all myself and I really love doing it!

Your latest record is “Careful With That Axe.” Did you have goals or expectations for this release?

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John 5

A lot of it is from my childhood. Growing up there were certain songs that definitely influenced me. For example, there is a song called “Flight of Vulcan Kelly.” I loved “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” so it originates from that. There are also the two Jerry Reed songs. There are a lot of hidden things in there like that. “Careful With That Axe,” the title, my dad said, “It’s hard to become a famous musician. It’s one in a million, so this guitar could bring you happiness or sorrow. Be careful.” It is also a reference to a lot of axe murders and stuff like that! Everything on the record was so carefully put together. “Villisca,” for example, comes from Villisca, Iowa. There was a crazy mass murder in the early 1900s. “Flight of Vulcan Kelly” comes from Vulcan Kelly, which is a brand of axe. Everything means something!

How does this album compare and contrast to what fans expect from you from past releases?

That is a great question. This album was done completely live. It is done with live musicians and everything was played all at the same time. It is my favorite record by far. There is no comparison! I am doing a streaming concert on October 18th. It is going to be very special. It is going to be completely live. You will be able to call in and ask questions. Chris Broderick from Megadeth is going to host it. It’s going to be great. The guys from “The Tonight Show” are putting it on. It is going to be a very special evening and I haven’t done anything like this before. Everyone wants me to play live or tour but it is difficult because I am so busy. I thought this would be the perfect way to do it. I will be playing three different time zones, a concert for each different time zone. It is going to be a unique experience!

Tell us about your songwriting process and the challenges involved with this record?

That is a tough question because I don’t even know! [laughs] Maybe I will come up with a riff or melody or something like that and then something will come to me on which I can start to build. It’s difficult with an instrumental song because there is no vocal but sometimes I will start a riff, melody or chord changes and see where that takes me. I love challenges, especially with “Jerry’s Breakdown” or a song like “El Cucay,” where I am exploring different styles. I really love doing those things. It is a lot of practice, ya know? You really have your stuff together, master it and play it with confidence. I love challenges and that is what it is all about for me!

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They say you learn a little something with every new project. What did you take away from creating this album?

I learned that you have to do things yourself and that is what I did with this album. I did everything myself. I got the musicians, paid them, went in hourly to the studio and paid them, marketing promotion and mixing. I did everything myself and it is something I am really proud of. I put it out myself and it is doing really well.

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John 5

When you look back at your career to date, what was your biggest evolution?

I love seeing myself get better, progress and change. I am seeing that! I think the popularity of these instrumental albums are a testament to that and it makes me so happy because, like I said, I am doing it for the love of guitar and the love of music. I am very proud of what I have done over the years. I have played all the great venues in the world, had a number one record, got a bunch of awards and I am very content. I am also playing with my favorite band in the world right now! I love seeing myself grow musically and in life, so it is great. Who knows what will come in the next few years!

When it comes to future solo work, do you gravitate towards any particular direction at the moment?

I don’t know. That is a tough question. I am not sure of where I will go next time because I have complete freedom. We will see what happens but it is definitely a question I can’t answer at the moment.

You have been hard at work on the next Rob Zombie album. What can you tell us about it?

I can tell you it is a very heavy record and I really think it is his best work, I really do. I can’t wait for it to come out! We are still working on it, of course, but I am definitely excited for it.

How has your relationship with Rob Zombie developed through the years?

Our relationship couldn’t be better. We have such a great working relationship in the studio and on the road. We are like best friends, so it is such a pleasure to work with him. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

A must-see event!

A must-see event!

You are also working with him on music for his forthcoming film, “31.” How does it compare to working on a Rob Zombie album?

It’s a lot of work because you never know what is going to happen. There are no time signatures or key signatures, there is nothing! It is definitely a challenge! Sometimes there is a huge orchestra involved but, like I said, I love challenges! It’s been a lot of fun.

Is scoring other films something you are interested in exploring in the future?

Not really. I think I am just going to concentrate on Rob’s stuff.

Gene Simmons recently made the remark that “Rock is dead.” How do you view the current state of the rock industry?

The industry has changed dramatically. It has changed so drastically, it is like day and night. It has completely changed. It is not dead but it changed. We just have to keep writing great songs and doing great shows to keep it alive. It is not just rock. It could be rap, country or anything like that. Music is a tough business because there is so much piracy out there. I know what it was like because back in the day I was around when people were standing in line to buy a record! It has definitely changed a lot.

What is the best piece of advice you would pass along to those looking to pursue a career in today’s music industry?

I would say, if you don’t do it, somebody else will. If you really want it, just do it! You will get there eventually. If you do something to move closer to your career every day, even if it is just making a couple phone calls, you will get there eventually.

Thanks for your time, John 5! We can’t want to see what you have in store for us fans on October 18th!

Thanks, Jason! It’s going to be amazing!

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John 5 and The Creatures To Perform Live Concert Via Stageit On October 18th!

John 5 and The Creatures To Perform Live Concert Via Stageit On October 18th!

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Kick off the Halloween season, October 18th as John 5 and The Creatures lead you by the hand down the dark corridors of John 5’s mind and into the nightmarish world of the creatures. This is John 5’s first-ever live solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including live performances of tracks from his new studio album Careful With That Axe, released August 12th through 60 Cycle Hum.

This once in a life-time LIVE online video concert is hosted by metal-shredder, Chris Broderick of Megadeth – LiveCast Entertainment, in association with Fender Guitar, Boss Electronics and Dean Markley Strings, are the proud sponsors – John 5 and The Creatures feature John 5 (guitar), Rodger Carter (drums) and Larry “Bones” Dennison (Dio, Tony MacAlpine, Lita Ford) on bass.

This live online experience allows the audience personal time with John 5 in an in-depth Q&A in real-time, which Chris Broderick will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed John 5 Squire Telecaster, several signed BOSS pedals and other cool signed gifts.

This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00pm (PST); Europe at 7:00pm (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00pm (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18, 2014. The tickets are not to a brick & mortar venue, but to a crazy online experience you will only get here, this night only – This will not be archived for later viewing so get your tickets before it sells out – Details can be found at www.john-5.com.

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