John 5, Tommy Lee Join Tyla Yaweh Saturday For Pre-Game Performance on ESPN

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John 5 is joining forces with ESPN and the National Basketball Association to celebrate the NBA’s return.

The guitarist will join Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee Saturday to perform with up-and-coming rapper Tyla  Yaweh Saturday for a live online performance to kick off the NBA’s return on ESPN.  The performance, scheduled to take place at 5:10 p.m. ET prior to ESPN’s digital pre-game show Hoop Streams presented by Google, will stream through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ESPN app.

John 5 talked about working with Tyla Yaweh and Tommy Lee for Saturday’s virtual performance, saying he was looking forward to it.

“I have a long time friendship with Tommy Lee and we have worked on some really great music together,” he said. “I really love how the remix turned out and loved working with new friends Tyla and Post Malone. I love this song and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Which remix John 5 is referencing in his statement is unknown.  It was not directly addressed in a news release distributed about the performance.

Hoop Streams presented by Google debuts tonight and runs for five episodes through Aug. 3.  Cassidy Hubarth will host the July 31 broadcast, which is scheduled to broadcast at 6 p.m. ET from ESPN’s studios.  She will be joined by analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and fellow ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan remotely for additionally commentary.

The broadcast team for each Hoop Streams presented by Google is noted below.

 

Hoop Streams schedule July 31-August 3

 

Date

Fri, July 31

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

Time (ET)

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

5:30-6 p.m.

 

 

8-8:30 p.m.

 

 

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

8:30-9 p.m.

Commentators

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

ESPN’s NBA coverage tips off at 7 p.m. with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks facing off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

All of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news and more is available at:

 

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Websitehttp://www.espn.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/espn

 

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‘The Verdict’ Is A Reminder Of Why Queensryche Remains One Of Hard Rock’s Most Respected Bands Today

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Early this moth, veteran hard rock outfit Queensryche debuted the music video for its latest single, ‘Portrait.’  The finale from the band’s 2019 album The Verdict, the song takes listeners back to Queensryche’s early days through its musical and lyrical content.  While it is another strong representation of the band’s album, it is only one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s 44-minute run time is just as important to the album’s presentation as any of the record’s other entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s presentation, is another notable addition to the LP, and will be addressed a little later.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ also is worth examining in looking at the bigger picture of The Verdict.  When it is considered along with the other noted works and the rest of the album’s compositions, the whole of the record proves to be another enjoyable offering from one of the rock realm’s most respect acts.

Queensryche’s most recent album The Verdict, the band’s 15th full-length studio recording – is another strong offering from the veteran band, which is in the midst of the latest leg of its tour in support of said album.  The album boasts a variety of strong points throughout the course of its nearly 45-minute run time, not the least of which is ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Inner Unrest’ is a work that will take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1994 album Promised Land.  That is evident through the combination of front man Todd LaTorre’s vocal delivery and the talents displayed by his band mates – guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson.  The group’s combined work makes the song a composition in whole that that is everything Queensryche fans have come to expect from the band throughout its decades-long life.  The arrangement’s heavy, yet melancholy approach does an applause-worthy job of illustrating the song’s lyrical theme of someone dealing with PTSD.

The song’s lyrical content puts forward a strong message about mental health; more specifically PTSD.  LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Hear the voices in your head/Do they speak of grand delusion/Moral truths to comprehend/The soul’s contusion/The scarred reunion/And you can dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me.”  The song’s subject seems to be asking someone in this verse, if that person realizes what is going on in that person’s mind or is that person wrapped up in his/her own self.  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “Colors change from black to red/I’ll never remember/Still you search for the meaning/Strange lies hypnotize me, you know/I’ll never surrenderAnd you still scream for madness/And you dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me/Fantasy, dreaming/Can you feel me.”  He continues in the song’s third and final verse, “There are many truths behind these eyes that you see/On one side love and laughter/The other darkened disbelief/Searching for the sunset clause in my relief/Sincerely Mr. Post-traumatic looking for some peace.”  The song does a good job of illustrating what someone dealing with PTSD must go through daily, as is evidenced here. The song’s very lead verse paints a picture of a person fighting with so many thoughts both good and band.  The mention in the song’s second verse of that person searching “for the meaning” and the “strange lies” hypnotizing that person, goes a long way to imagine the person fighting that inner battle, racking his or her brain in the process, virtually pulling his or her hair out of his/her head.  That message, coupled with the powerfully engaging musical arrangement at the center of the song makes this work a unique presentation in itself and just one example of what makes The Verdict such a strong new offering from Queensryche.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another positive addition to the LP.

‘Light Years’ offers listeners a full-on prog-metal presentation in its musical arrangement that is grounded largely in the aforementioned dual guitar approach of Wilton and Lundgren.  The pair’s collective work is as good as any heavy prog-metal opus that Dream Theatere guitarist John Petrucci has ever crafted with his band mates.  Rockenfield’s work behind the kit here strengthens the song’s presentation even more with his solid time keeping.  Jackson’s work on the bass is the cherry on top of this musical sundae, giving it that last needed touch.  The combination of each musician’s line makes the whole of the song a work that is arguably one of this record’s strongest entries if not its absolute strongest.  Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only a portion of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content adds even more to its impact.

LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Light-years and shadows/You’ll never see the end of day/Distant horizon/Far beyond the past you cannot save/Whispers/No silence/Echoing the sounds from far away/Sequenced pariahs/Following the footsteps to your grave/Pulling me down the undertow/It’s dragging me now/I’m paralyzed/Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take.’  This verse is repeated almost identically for a second time with only minimal change in the second verse.  What LaTorre and company are trying to convey through this content is anyone’s guess.  It comes across as perhaps the song’s subject addressing the issue of living in the present versus the past or even the future.  This is inferred as LaTorre makes note of light-years and shadows never seeing “the end of day” and the distant horizon being “far beyond the past that you cannot save.”  It is almost as if this is the song’s subject noting the past is gone and the future is too far ahead to be concerned about, so it is better to be in the present.  This is entirely this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  As LaTorre sings in the song’s chorus, “Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take” seems to hint at this even more.  The added note from the song’s subject that “There’s no more I can take” adds even more to the thought of someone who is struggling to decide which way to look.  Once more, this is entirely this critic’s take on the song’s lyrical content.  Regardless of right or wrong, this song’s lyrical content is certain to generate plenty of discussion, as is its musical content.  Keeping all of that in mind, the song in whole proves itself to be another important addition to The Verdict.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ is worth examining just as much as the other songs noted here.

‘Propaganda Fashion’ is another work that takes listeners back to Queensryche’s heyday through its musical arrangement.  From the dual-guitar attack to the solid time keeping to the low-end and vocals, every element of this song takes listeners back to the days of Hear in the Now Frontier with its driving, melodic rock arrangement.  It is perhaps the album’s most radio ready song at least in regards to its musical arrangement.  That catchy arrangement couples with the song’s sociopolitical commentary in its lyrical content to make the song in whole that much more engaging for listeners.

Jackson talked about the noted commentary in a recent interview, saying, “Lyrically it surrounds a political message used to persuade an audience, in order to make something appear more powerful, meaningful or real than it actually is.”  That statement is illustrated as LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Lightning (charging with a vengeance)/Strikes you (spreading like fire)/Takes you down, down, down/Sell me what’s real/Become desensitized/Pushing their own point of view/Lies/Shoving it down, down your throat/Lies.”  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “System (no communication)/Broken (poisoned mother*******)/Spins you round, round, round/Media persuasion/Speeches and names/Paved by the ones with the crown.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Tonight your freedom dies/The scars to prove it/No reason or rhyme/The twisted web of lies/Just take your time and hurry up/You’re free to do what you’re told.”  These are some pretty straight forward statements made through these verses and considering what is going on now across the political spectrum, they are fully relatable for listeners.  Regardless of which side of the aisle one sits on, it applies on both sides.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the song stand out that much more.  When it is coupled with the song’s radio ready and accessible lyrical content, the song in whole stands out even more.  When the song is considered along with the other works noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole shows that much more why it is such a strong new offering from one of rock’s most respected names.

As already noted, Queensryche is in the midst of the latest leg of its world tour in support of The Verdict.  Audiences will get to hear all three of the songs noted here and others Sunday in Charlotte, NC and Wednesday in Huntsville, AL.  The remaining dates on the band’s current live run are noted below.

 

 

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

 

More information on Queensryche’s tour is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

 

 

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Quensryche Debuts More New Music From ‘The Verdict’; Announces New Live Dates

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Queensryche debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single for ‘Inner Unrest‘ Thursday.  The song is featured in the band’s 2019 album The Verdict.  The song’s musical arrangement is classic Queensryche throughout.  Its lyrical content tackles a very heavy topic, as front man Todd LaTorre explained in a recent interview.

“‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD; the inner and external battles one must fight daily,” he said.

‘Inner Unrest’ is the seventh single spawned from The Verdict.  The album has also produced the singles ‘Blood of the Levant,’ ‘Light Years,’ ‘Man The Machine,’ ‘Dark Reverie,’ ‘Bent‘ and ‘Propaganda Fashion.’

 

Queensryche will launch the next leg of its ongoing tour in support of The Verdict Jan. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27 in Orlando, FL and to feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Austin, TX and Anaheim, CA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
January 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
January 18 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
January 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
January 22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
January 23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
January 24 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
January 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
January 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
January 29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
January 30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
January 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
February 1 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
February 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 5 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
February 7 – Denver, CO – Ogden
February 8 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads*
February 9 – St Louis, MO – Delmar*
February 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
February 13 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall*
February 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
February 15 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
February 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night
February 19 – Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre
February 20 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage*
February 21 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

John 5 and Eve To Adam will serve as support for the band’s upcoming dates.

More information on Queensryche’s upcoming tour, new single, album and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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John 5 Announces Dates For Next Leg Of “Invasion Tour”

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John 5 and The Creatures will launch the second leg of their “Invasion Tour” Wednesday.

The next leg of the tour, which is in support of the group’s latest album Invasion, is scheduled to launch Wednesday in Battle Creek, MI.  It is set to run through Nov. 24 in Rochester, NY and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Omaha, NE and Atlanta, GA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:
Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester 
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

John 5 (a.k.a. John William Lowery) talked about the upcoming stretch of live dates in a recent interview.

“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,” he said.  “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can’t wait to hit even more cities.  Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again.”

More information on John 5 and The Creatures’ upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

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John 5 And The Creatures Announce Schedule For Next Leg Of “Invasion Tour 2019”

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John 5 and The Creatures announced the schedule this week, for the next leg of the group’s “Invasion Tour 2019.”

The next leg of the tour, which is in support of the group’s brand new album Invasion is scheduled to launch Oct. 30 in Battle Creek, MI and to run through Nov. 24 in Rochester, NY.  The almost month-long tour features performances in cities, such as Greesnboro, NC; Kansasville, WI and Atlanta, GA.  Jared James Nichols, who served as support on the most recent leg of the band’s tour, will be back as support for this leg of the tour, too.

John 5 (a.k.a. John Lowery) talked about his expectations for the upcoming tour run in a recent interview.

“I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,” Lowery said.  “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing, and I can’t wait to hit even more cities.  Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around, and we are happy to have him join us again.”

Before John 5 and The Creatures launch their upcoming tour run, they will perform at a special one-off co-headlining show with The Aristocrats on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles, CA.  A special edition of Invasion will be available for purchase at that concert.  Tickets for the concert are available here.

The full schedule for the next leg of the Invasion Tour 2019 is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages for the tour are available here.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:
w/The Aristocrats
9/1 – Los Angeles. CA @ 1720
Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar
11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues
11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

More information on Invasion is available online now along with all of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.john-5.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

 

 

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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.

More information on the upcoming concert is available online now along with all of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.john-5.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

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

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR/60 Cycle Hum Records

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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.john-5.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/john5official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

 

 

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

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

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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