Opening Act: Hero Jr.
John 5 is undoubtedly one of the hottest shredders on the planet right now. His impressive resume of working with frontmen such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth and his current gig as the right-hand man for Rob Zombie, show he’s impressive skills have not gone unnoticed, but it doesn’t do him justice to label John 5 as a shredder – he’s a guitarist, a great guitarist – and there’s little he can’t put his hand to.
In October 2014, John 5 did a series of web shows to celebrate the release of the album ‘Careful With That Axe’. On the back of the success of the album and the web shows, in February and March 2015, John 5 took his solo act on the road as John 5 and The Creatures. Joined by long-time friend Rodger Carter on drums and newcomer Ian Ross on bass, the band traveled from West to East coast and quite a lot of the mid-west of the USA, presenting an intimate instrumental show and a series of fan meet and greets. Many of the dates were sold out and received rave reviews. Says John 5; “Its been hard to find the time to do this but its the question that just kept being asked. When the chance came I took it and to see all the fans, the way we have been greeted and the atmosphere at all the shows have been fantastic.”
Working on new solo albums, Zombie albums would make one busy enough, but John 5 has continued to work as a “hired gun”. Whether it be contributing to guitar leads, such as on Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell 3: The Monsters Loose, or going into the studio for not one, but two Lynryd Skynrd albums and surprising fans by working with Ricky Martin and Rod Stewart – to name but two, life is busy for John 5. “I do kick myself sometimes. I’m busy, constantly busy with work but I look at who I am in the studio with or sending music to and I think sometimes, how can I top this and then something else comes along and it just gets better. I don’t want it to stop – the kid from Grosse Pointe did good“.