John 5, The Aristocrats Announce Co-Headlining Performance

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John 5 will release his new album next month, and in celebration, has announced a special new live performance.

The famed guitarist — and his backing band The Creatures — will co-headline a special performance with The Aristocrats — Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums) — on Sept. 1 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA.  The performance will be the first for John 5 and The Creatures following the release of the group’s new album Invasion on July 31.

John 5 (a.k.a. John William Lowery) and The Creatures debuted the video for Invasion‘s lead single ‘Zoinks!‘ in January. He talked about his anticipation for the upcoming performance in a recent interview.

“John 5 and The Aristocrats — It doesn’t get much better than that,” Lowery said.  “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it.  It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”

The Aristocrats shared Lowery’s thoughts in a separate statement.

“We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show — and that goes double for a John 5/Aristocrats double bill!,” the band said.  “We’re psyched because the Aristocrats and John 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle.  Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent.”

Tickets for the concert are available here.  VIP packages are available here.

The Travis Larson Band will serve as the opening act for the concert.

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John 5 & The Creatures’ New Live Recording Is “Alive”, But Sadly Not Kicking

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Roughly one year ago this month, guitarist John 5 (Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, Rob Zombie) and his band The Creatures were performing at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pennsylvania in support of their then brand new album Season of the Witch.  That concert went on to be the basis for the band’s recently released live recording It’s Alive.  The 18-song, 73-minute (1 hour, 13-minute) set is an interesting new offering from the group that is worth at least one listen.  Yes, listen.  This is one of the important elements that will be discussed later.  The concert’s set list is another key piece of this recording’s whole that plays into its presentation.  The record’s production is the last of its most important elements.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each element is important in its right to the whole of It’s Alive.  All things considered, these elements give this record life, but sadly, keep it from kicking.

It’s Alive, John 5 and the Creatures’ recently released live recording, is an interesting new offering from the veteran rock band.  Released this past January via 60 Cycle Hum Records, the concert presents an 18-song, 73 minute set list that pulls largely from the group’s most recent album, 2017’s Season of the Witch and its predecessor, 2014’s Careful With That Axe.  While not the only albums featured in this performance – it also features music from God Told Me To (2012) and The Devil Knows My Name (2007) – they are the most prominently featured albums in this set list.  Season of the Witch sees nine of its 13 songs included in this set while Careful With That Axe is represented by six of its 10 songs.  The whole thing closes out with a medley of other songs.  On the one hand, it’s nice to see the group’s most recent album get so much attention, but at the same time, John 5 has released eight full-length studio recordings and a remix album.  One can’t help but wonder why this set list pulled so heavily from just two albums.  Yes, two others of that eight total are represented here, but each is represented by only one song.  To that end, this set list does a good job of promoting Season of the Witch and even Careful With That Axe, but in terms of really representing John 5’s overall body of work, it comes up somewhat short.  Keeping this in mind, the set list featured in this recording is both a positive and a negative.  It is good in its own right, but still leaves one wanting for more.  The concert’s presentation solely on audio platforms versus audio and video is another issue.

It’s Alive was released on CD, LP and digital platforms in its initial release this past January.  There were no full audio-visual releases, and there has been no word on a DVD or Blu-ray release for the concert since then.  This is another issue that this recording faces.  It’s an issue because while taking in a concert just through the ears is an enjoyable experience (provided it has been mixed and produced properly – yes, there are concerts out there that haven’t been so well mixed and produced) – it limits the full concert experience.  Being able to hear and see a concert, even from the comfort of one’s own home is far more engaging for audiences than just being able to hear it.  Obviously, this is not the only recording from any act to ever be released only on CD, in the group’s defense.  At the same time though, it would have been nice to have had that as an option.  It would be no surprise when its sales meet or even exceed expectations.  Considering this, it’s just a bit of a surprise that the recording was only presented on CD.  Hopefully the band and the label heads will read this and take this into consideration, and eventually release the concert’s video portion.  That is if cameras were also involved in the initial recording.  Taking all of this into consideration, the audio-only presentation of this concert — while enjoyable in its own right — still leaves audiences wanting for more just as much as the concert’s set list.  This can be problematic, too.  Luckily for all of the problems posed by the program’s set list and platforms, they are still not enough to make the concert a fail.  The recording’s overall production does plenty to make the concert worth at least one listen.

The time and effort put into the recording’s production and mixing is a saving grace here that cannot be ignored.  Audiences feel like they are right there at the venue thanks to that time and effort.  Even with the music being fully instrumental, each musician’s line is expertly balanced with that of his fellow musician.  The crowd noise is just as well-balanced with the music.  The end result is an experience that despite such a focused set list and being an audio-only presentation is still a presentation that is worth the listen.  Keeping this aspect of the recording in mind, its production and mixing collectively form the foundation of its presentation.  Even while the set list is so focused and the presentation audio-only those two elements rest on that foundation to present It’s Alive a recording that while maybe not kicking, has a solid pulse.

John 5 & The Creatures’ new live recording It’s Alive is an offering that while maybe not kicking, does at least have a solid pulse.  That is due in part to a very focused set list that lifts very liberally from the group’s most recent studio recording, 2017’s Season of the Witch and its predecessor.  That is also despite the recording being made available only in audio settings.  Even with these issues being noted, the recording still deserves at least one listen.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on It’s Alive is available online now along with all of John 5’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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John 5 And The Creatures To Open 2018 With New Live Recording

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John 5 and the Creatures will open the new year with a new live recording.

the former Marilyn Manson guitarist and his fellow musicians will releae It’s Alive! in stores and online on Thursday, Jan. 28 according to a news release about the recording. That’s a day earlier than the normal Friday release date on which music releases are typically made available.

Pre-orders are open now. The recording’s track listing is noted below.

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 said of the recording’s creation in a recent interview that it came to being on a whim.

“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?,” the guitarist said. “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.”

He added he was so impressed by the end result that he wanted to release the recording and tour in support of the offering.

“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,” John 5 said. “I thought that was so cool! I’ve put out a lot of records, so I thought – g********, I’m going to do it!”

The tour in support of It’s Alive is currently scheduled to start Feb. 1 in Orlando, Florida and to run through April 21 in Tacoma, Washington. The tour also includes performances in Los Angeles, California; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois and other cities. The full schedule is noted below.

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

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Audiences Will Enjoy John 5’s New LP In Every “Season”

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Early this past March, guitarist John 5 released his new solo recording Season of the Witch.  The famed guitarist’s now ninth overall solo instrumental recording, Season of the Witch proves from start to finish that it belongs on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums.  That is due in part to the album’s songs.  This will be discussed shortly.  The arrangements at the center of each song are just as important to note as the songs themselves in examining the album’s overall presentation.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the album’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Season of the Witch proves to be a record that rock fans will enjoy in every season.

John 5’s latest solo instrumental record Season of the Witch is a record that rock fans will enjoy in every season.  That is due in part to the songs that are featured in this recording.  While the guitarist, whose real name is John William Lowery, is known largely for his work with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and David Lee Roth, this record displays his versatility as a musician once again.  Lowery reaches liberally into the rock realm throughout the course of the record’s 13-song, 39-minute run time.  But it is not the only realm into which he reaches as is proven in the likes of ‘Behind The Nut Love,’ ‘Hell Haw’ and ‘Ode To Jasper.’  The first of the group is a country-western style song while the second is a fun, up-tempo bluegrass/rockabilly style work that even incorporates a touch of jazz at the same time.  ‘Ode to Jasper’ is a beautifully tragic work that will tug at any listener’s heart strings even while it clocks in at not even two minutes.  Getting back on the matter of the album’s rich rock reachings, listeners will be impressed at the amount of ground Lowery covers in that realm.  From the industrial leanings of the album’s title track/closer to the almost Joe Satriani/Living Colour-esque sound of ‘Now Fear This’ to the prog-rock sound of ‘Here’s To The Crazy Ones’ and beyond, this record displays great diverse talent from Lowery and his fellow musicians.  That diversity forms a solid foundation for this new offering from the famed guitarist.  The arrangements at the center of the songs build onto that foundation, strengthening it even more.

The arrangements at the center of the record’s featured songs are so important to note in examining the album’s presentation because they exhibit just as much diversity as the songs themselves.  Yes, there is a lot of high-velocity guitar playing throughout the record.  However, Lowery also proves that he can play just as expertly in more contemplative moments as he can in wilder moments.  That is proven throughout the record as he goes from full-on riffs to other elements and back time and again.  ‘Guitars, T**s, and Monsters’ is one of the songs that supports this statement.  This song mixes Jimi Hendrix-esque riffs with a touch of Eddie Van Halen fluidly for a song that clearly exhibits his (and his band mates’) ability to handle such quick shifts in style.  The whole thing winds down with a rather reserved arrangement that gently places listeners, albeit breathless, on another musical shore.  ‘Hell Haw’ is another example of  the diversity presented in the songs’s arrangements.  This song takes the classic jazz tune ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’ and crosses it with a touch of rockabilly and bluegrass, clearly showing Lowery’s ability to handle all three genres in one whole. The same can be said of his fellow musicians.  It is, in fact, one of the moments that allows them to really put their talents on display.  Very much the same can be said of the simplistic arrangement in ‘Ode To Jasper.’  This song’s arrangement only calls for a small handful of notes to be played throughout.  Yet even with so few notes being played by any of the band members, the gentility in those notes and their gentle flowing nature creates a massive emotional impact.  Considering this it is one more arrangement that proves the arrangements in the album’s featured songs are collectively just as diverse as the songs themselves.  Keeping that in mind, that diversity—which is shown just as much through the album’s other arrangements not noted here—proves to be just as important to this record’s presentation as its songs.  It is not the last of the record’s most important elements either.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The diversity in SOTW’s songs and their arrangements are both key pieces of the record’s whole.  Each element ensures in its own way listeners’ engagement. They are not the record’s only important elements.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  The record opens and closes with a nod to Lowery’s industrial roots.  In between, Lowery and company take listeners on quite the musical ride.  The transition from ‘Black Grass Plague’ and ‘Guitars, T***, and Monsters’ eventually makes way for the more controlled riffs of ‘Now Fear This’ before the band really pulls back in the country-western ‘Behind The Nut Love.’  From there, the energy picks back up shortly in ‘Making Monsters’ and ‘Here’s To The Crazy Ones’ before pulling back again in ‘The Macabre,’ which despite its name, sounds anything but macabre.  If anything the harmonics incorporated into the mid-tempo ballad style song makes for an interesting emotional impact.  The record’s energy rises again from there before reaching that already noted deeply emotional ballad that is ‘Ode To Jasper.’  The final powerful punch of the record’s title song makes for the ideal ending to the album.  When it is considered along with the rest of the record’s crests and troughs, the whole picture is one is even more certain to keep listeners engaged.  When this consideration is joined with the notes on the record’s songs and their arrangements, it becomes clear that much time and thought was put into crafting this album.  That time and thought resulted in a record that deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.

John 5’s new instrumental solo record Season of the Witch is a work that deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.  That is evidenced through the diversity in the record’s songs and their arrangements.  The record’s sequencing provides its own share of diversity, too.  That diversity across the board makes this record one that is certain to entertain not just rock loyalists but music lovers in whole.  It shows that this record deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records and potentially the year’s top new albums overall.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Season of the Witch is available online now along with all of John 5’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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