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John 5

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Review by Greg Maki
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Instrumental rock music can be a tough sell, even for someone who loves music as much as me. Too often, it comes across as self-indulgent, with endless noodling and shredding. It’s as if the musicians forget the song is what matters most.

Over his eight solo albums, John 5 has avoided that common pitfall, and when John 5 and the Creatures came to the area earlier this month, I jumped at the chance to see them live for the second time in two years. (more…)

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Guitarist John 5 has announced the track listing of his upcoming eighth full-length solo album, 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. The album features experimentation with various genres, including western swing, Spanish flamenco and heavy metal. 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 the whiskey-soaked “Hell Haw.” The videos have garnered nearly a million views, collectively. (more…)

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JOHN 5 LIVE PHOTOS
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Review by Greg Maki
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Sometimes just putting on a concert is a feat worth celebrating.

John 5 was scheduled to bring his solo tour to Hard Times Cafe in Hagerstown, Maryland. But less than a month before the show, the venue, which had seemed from an outside perspective to be growing in prominence in the past year or so as a regional concert destination, abruptly closed its doors. (One of the owners cited years of poor sales as the reason. Read about it here.)

Undeterred, the promoter quickly found a new location for the show, which also featured well-known area acts Silvertung (which just signed a record deal with Pavement Entertainment and has started to make a splash nationally), Small Town Titans and Pain. (more…)

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More than 25 years into his music career, with an impressive collection of hit singles and fan favorites, and one of the biggest, most explosive and entertaining live shows you could ever see, Rob Zombie easily could sit back, turn off the creative juices, tour a few months every year playing nothing but the same familiar songs night in and night out, and watch the checks roll in. But, you see, Mr. Zombie is not just an entertainer. He’s an artist, and whether it’s in the world of film or music, he needs to create. So after a period in the mid-2000s when it seemed like he might be done with music, he’s back and sounding more energized than ever with his fifth solo album, and third since 2006, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. (more…)

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Of rats and lords: An interview with John 5

As Rob Zombie’s musical partner in crime for the past eight years, an accomplished solo artist, a sought-after songwriter and, now, the composer of a full-length film score, John 5 has become one of the most prolific purveyors of rock music, long ago shedding the label of “former Marilyn Manson guitarist.” With his two latest endeavors—Rob Zombie’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, April 23, and the musical score of Zombie’s new film, Lords of Salem, April 19—due out soon and Zombie’s just-announced headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival coming up this summer, John 5 recently checked in with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

adler-back-from-the-deadSteven Adler finally has lost his Appetite. Between his run in Guns N’ Roses and his own band, Adler’s Appetite, he basically has been playing the same album live for 25 years. The new band formed after a chance meeting in Hollywood between Adler and vocalist Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric) and Adler’s Appetite guitarist Lonny Paul. The title, Back from the Dead, could have several meanings, but since Adler was never really “dead”—I least I don’t think he was—this is his way of saying that at age 47, he’s finally ready to move on and make a new name for himself. (more…)