John 5 Extends Spring/Summer 2022 Tour

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Guitar virtuoso John 5 has extended his upcoming spring/summer 2022 tour.

The tour, which is in support of his latest album, Sinner, was originally scheduled to launch April 21 in Roseville CA and to end July 11 in New York, NY. Now the tour has been extended with its new launch date set for April 19.

An additional date of May 9 has also been added. Additionally, John 5 has added a performance May 16 in Alexandria, VA to his tour. His performances in Ottowa, ON; Toronto, ON and New York have now been rescheduled from July to June. The new schedule also moves the previously scheduled June 6 Quebec, BC from July 6 to June 8. The whole thing now winds down June 12 in Atlantic City, NJ.

The full, new schedule is noted on the tour poster above. John 5 originally announced his forthcoming tour in December. The Haxans will still serve as support for the tour.

“I’m so excited to hit the road and see old friends and new friends alike,” John 5 said.  “I’ve been so thrilled by the reaction to the release of Sinner.  I can’t wait to get on stage and truly bring the songs to life for the first time with my fans. Having The Haxans join us on this tour is going to be so fun. Their brilliant “monster party” energy will be a perfect opener for my crazy stage show. This tour is going to be a lot of fun. Don’t miss it!”

Sinner is available now through Big Machine Records. More information on John 5’s new album and tour is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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John 5 Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Big Machine Records/Cosa Nostra PR

John 5 will head back out on the road in support of his latest album next spring.

The virtuoso guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) is scheduled to launch the next leg of his tour in support of his latest album, Sinner April 21 in Roseville, CA. The tour is scheduled to run through July 11 in New York, NY. It features scheduled stops in cities nationwide, such as Flint, MI; Winston-Salem, NC, and Austin, TX.

Lowery said he is looking forward to getting back on tour next year.

“I’m so excited to hit the road and see old friends and new friends alike,” he said.  “I’ve been so thrilled by the reaction to the release of Sinner.  I can’t wait to get on stage and truly bring the songs to life for the first time with my fans. Having The Haxans join us on this tour is going to be so fun. Their brilliant “monster party” energy will be a perfect opener for my crazy stage show. This tour is going to be a lot of fun. Don’t miss it!”

Tickets and VIP packages go on sale here at 10 a.m. EST Friday here. The Haxans will serve as support on select dates. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

JOHN 5

The SINNER Tour

N American Dates 2022

Thu 21 Apr     Roseville, CA             Goldfield Trading Post

Fri 22 Apr       Garden Grove, CA      Garden Grove Amphitheater

Sat 23 Apr      Las Vegas, NV            Vamp’d

Sun 24 Apr     San Diego, CA            Brick By Brick

Tue 26 Apr     Albuquerque, NM      Sunshine Theater

Thu 28 Apr     Austin, TX                  Come And Take It Live

Fri 29 Apr       Houston, TX              Warehouse Live

Sat 30 Apr      San Antonio, TX         The Rock Box

Wed 04 May  Belvidere, IL              Apollo Theater

Thu 05 May    Joliet, IL                     The Forge

Fri 06 May      Flint, MI                     Machine Shop

Sat 07 May     Pittsburgh, PA           Jergel’s

Sun 08 May    Sellersville, PA           Sellersville Theater

Wed 11 May  Poughkeepsie, NY      The Chance

Thu 12 May    New Bedford, MA      The Vault

Fri 13 May      Derry, NH                  Tupelo Music Hall

Sat 14 May     Hartford, CT              Webster Underground

Sun 15 May    Annapolis, MD           Ram’s Head Onstage

Wed 18 May  Winston-Salem, NC    The Ram Kat

Fri 20 May      Atlanta, GA               Vinyl

Sat 21 May     Daytona Beach, FL     Welcome To Rockville

Wed 06 Jul     Montreal, QC            Foufounes Electriques

Thu 07 Jul       Ottawa, ON               Brass Monkey

Fri 08 Jul         Toronto, ON              Lee’s Palace

Sat 09 Jul        New York, NY            Iridium

Sun 10 Jul       New York, NY            Iridium

Mon 11 Jul     New York, NY           Iridium

Sinner is available now through Big Machine Records. More information on John 5’s new album and tour is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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John 5 Premieres New Single, ‘Land of the Misfit Toys,’ Companion Video

Courtesy: Big Machine Records

John 5 unveiled the latest single from his new album and its video this week.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) debuted his new single, ‘Land of the Misfit Toys’ and its companion video Tuesday. The song is the second single from his new album, Sinner, which was released over the weekend. Lowery released the album’s lead single,  ‘Que Pasa,’ and its companion video in early September.

Lowery discussed the song and its video treatment in a prepared statement.

“Land Of the Misfit Toys” is my favorite track on the record,” he said. “It’s a real epic and the longest track on the new album. I was watching a documentary on David Foster and how he would produce, arrange and build songs which really influenced me on the arrangement and production of this track. The camera that was used to film the video for “Land Of The Misfit Toys” was the same camera that was used to film the new Matrix movie that is coming out in December, which is pretty cool.”

“The video tells the story of the 10 year old John Lowery (played by my producer’s son), who stumbles into this haunted house and becomes possessed by an entity that causes him to start playing guitar and wearing the makeup,” adds Lowery. “At the end of the video, he fully becomes John 5. Everybody knows that I’m a big fan of horror so this was a really fun video to make alongside director Chantal Savage.”

 In the case of the song’s arrangement, Lowery opts for a decidedly prog-rock/metal approach.  Lowery’s guitar work here is immediately comparable to works from John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment).  That is evidenced through the richness and heaviness.  The harmonics that Lowery uses here add even more to that sense.  The solid time keeping here and the bassline works with Lowery’s own performance and the song’s overall production to make this song so immersive, engaging and entertaining in its own right.

Sinner is available now through Big Machine Records. More information on John 5’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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John 5’s New Album, ‘Sinner’ Is A Blessing For His Fans, Music Lovers Alike

Courtesy: Big Machine Records

John 5 officially returned this weekend with his latest album, Sinner, and the album got some added attention Saturday night in Martinsville in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Dead On Tools 250 race.  It was featured on the #8 JR Motorsports car, driven by Sam Mayer.  Mayer had a very respectable finish in fourth place after starting 11th.  Mayer’s strong finish — despite being caught in an early-race incident — with the album on the car is a positive sign for the album’s success.  The album is, in fact, a winning new offering from the veteran virtuoso guitarist.  That is proven from the album’s outset to its end.  Its arrangements are diverse throughout, putting his talents on full display.  One of the most notable ways in which that diversity is exhibited is his take on the timeless Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell song, ‘Georgia on My Mind.’  The song will be examined shortly.  ‘How High The Moon,’ the album’s midpoint, is in direct contrast to the aforementioned closer.  It will be discussed a little later, as its comparison to that composition clearly shows the record’s musical diversity.  ‘Land of the Misfit Toys,’ a later entry in the record, is just as unlike the other noted songs are as they are from one another and from the rest of the album’s entries.  It also serves to show the album’s diversity, and so will also be discussed later.  Each song noted here is important to the whole of the album.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes this record one of the best of this year’s new rock albums.

John 5’s latest album, Sinner, shows that sometimes, just sometimes, sinning is not a bad thing.  That is because the 10-song record offers so much musical diversity, just as in each of his existing records.  One of the most notable of the album’s entries is its closer, which is a cover of Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s timeless song, ‘Georgia on My Mind.’  Originally composed way back in 1930, it has since been made most famous by the late, great Ray Charles.  John 5’s rendition here stays true to its source material in the sound while clearly giving the song its own unique identity.  Where the Carmichael/Stuart rendition is known as a full orchestra/band arrangement, John 5’s take on the song is still unique in its own right.  In the case of John 5’s rendition, his simple guitar approach is more akin to works from famed jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery than the fuller arrangement from Carmichael and Gorrell.  Even with that approach, John 5’s approach is still so fully engaging and entertaining.  The arrangement here is just John 5 and a subtle beat on the hi-hat and brushes mixing things on the snare.  It is such a beautiful, enjoyable rendition that makes for a unique but great finale to this record.  It is just one of the songs worth hearing in this record, too.  John 5’s take of ‘How High The Moon’ is another work that is well worth hearing.

For those who might not know, ‘How High The Moon’ was originally composed in 1940 by Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis.  It was featured in the Broadway revue, “Two for the Show.”  John 5’s rendition gives the classic a completely different identity.  In this case, John 5 (a.k.a. John Lowery) opts for a more rockabilly approach to the song than the much slower, romantic approach taken in the original composition.  What is so interesting to note is that even being more energetic here, this take on the classic still works.  It works because in this case, it could portray someone who is just head over heels for another person.  The energy here would seem to exude such strong, positive emotion.  The original meanwhile is just more of a sensual (for lack of better wording) approach.  To that end, Lowery’s rendition, with its swing style drumming and infectious guitar line really just makes the rendition here so enjoyable.  It is completely unlike so much of the album’s other works. Thus showing the diversity noted earlier.  Showing even more of that diversity is the album’s late entry, ‘Land of the Misfit Toys.’ 

One of the many originals featured in John 5’s new album, ‘Land of the Misfit Toys’ is just as unlike the other songs examined here as they are from one another and from the rest of the album’s songs.  In the case of this song, Lowery opts for a more prog-rock/metal approach.  Lowery’s guitar work here is immediately comparable to works from John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment).  That is evidenced through the richness and heaviness.  The harmonics that Lowery uses here add even more to that sense.  The solid time keeping here and the bassline works with Lowery’s own performance and the song’s overall production to make this song so immersive, engaging and entertaining in its own right.  It shows even more, the diversity noted here.  Taking that into consideration, this song and the others examined here work with the rest of the record’s compositions to make the record in whole a solid presentation that is unquestionably one of the best at least of this year’s new rock albums.

John 5’s new album, Sinner, is another successful presentation from the veteran virtuoso guitarist.  The 10 songs featured in this record – a mix of originals and covers – continue to remind audiences why he is such a respected member of the rock and general music communities.  That is because they present so much diversity and talent from Lowery and his fellow musicians from start to end.  When the examined songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes Sinner a blessing from John 5 and company. 

Sinner is available now through Big Machine Records. More information on John 5’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.