JOHN 5 “I Don’t Really Quit Bands Even When It Gets Really Bad”

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. John 5 has became what ever band strives for in a guitar player. When he steps into the guitarist role for any band he just doesn’t simply play the notes, but he adds his own style to the music and on stage he gives personality to the instrument and brings the music to life. He is by far one of the most exciting musicians to see live regardless which band he is playing for at the time. 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. When it comes to genre John 5 has no limitations, he simply isn’t just a rock and metal guitarist. Pop, country, southern rock or even classical he can play and create riffs for nearly any type of music. His current solo venture is John 5 And The Creatures which includes bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix. John 5 And The Creatures are set to release a brand new live album, ‘It’s Alive!’, on January 25th. ‘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 And The Creatures tour journeys so far will also be available for separate purchase. Pre-orders are available now at


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.”

JOHN 5 And The Creatures It’s Alive! tour 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


John 5 was the guest on this weeks episode of Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast. Host Joshua Toomey and the legendary guitarist talked about his time with David Lee Roth, the new Rob Zombie album as well as his upcoming live album John 5 And The Creatures ‘It’s Alive’. In addition to talking about bands he has been a part of he also talks about Kiss legends Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley playing together. He also talks about his role in the recent documentary Hired Gun and talks about his time as a hired gun in several bands adding “I don’t really quit bands even when it gets really bad”, and that he has never really been unemployed.

In addition to the interview with John 5, the show is also co-hosted this week by Bob Nalbandian who has an upcoming documentary releasing on January 19th called The Rise Of LA Thrash: Part One. Bob talks about obtaining interviews with Lars Ulrich of Metallica and much more.


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