ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 was interviewed on this past Saturday's (April 17) edition of the "Maximum Threshold" show. He talked about his latest solo CD, "The Art of Malice"; the upcoming ROB ZOMBIE tour with ALICE COOPER; Joey Jordison's new role as drummer in Rob Zombie's band; writing six songs on the new LYNYRD SKYNYRD CD, gear, clinics and much more.
The program is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
A short teaser video for "The Art Of Malice" can be viewed below. Due on May 11 via 60 Cycle Hum/Rocket Science Ventures, the CD "exhibits John 5's incredible diversity as a writer and guitarist pulling from the pages of his life," according to a press release. "It is a completely different vibe than my other albums," explains John 5.
He adds, "The title is derived from the saying 'kill them with kindness,' like taking a good approach to still obtain a dark result."
"The Art Of Malice" further showcases John 5 to be one of the most technically advanced guitarists in the business today. Fans of driving rhythms and ear-catching, over the top, guitar work will keep this in their CD player for months on end. This album has everything that the fans come to expect — chicken pickin', shred, metal and Spanish guitar. The songtitles vary as vignettes into John 5's life, such as the title "J.W." which are John 5's initials (John William Lowery) and what his father had called him growing up. "Ya Dig" comes from working with the master or frontmen David Lee Roth and also features Billy Sheehan on bass. "That is Dave's saying and it fits the music," says John 5.
"The Art Of Malice" track listing:
01. The Nightmare Unravels
02. The Art of Malice
03. Ill Will Or Spite
05. Ya Dig?
06. Can I Live Again
07. Portrayed As Unremorseful
08. Steel Guitar Rag
09. Wayne County Killer
10. Fractured Mirror (ACE FREHLEY cover)
11. The S. Lot
12. The Last Page Turned
The cover artwork, courtesy of Ray Gutierrez, can be viewed below.
John 5 has compiled one of the most impressive resumes in rock. In addition to his own solo work, his commanding riffs combined with his composition skills have most recently earned him a coveted spot playing with rock icon Rob Zombie.
John 5's credentials include his famous stint with shock rocker MARILYN MANSON and his current gig with ROB ZOMBIE, but also includes diverse work with some names you might not expect, including Lita Ford, K.D. Lang, David Lee Roth, Meat Loaf, SALT-N-PEPA, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and many others. Surprisingly to many, John 5 has an ardent love of bluegrass music and has the chops to prove it (just listen to "Sugar Foot Rag" from 2004 solo album "Vertigo"). Furthermore, he is a self-described "Fender fanatic" with a jaw-dropping collection of his favorite instrument, the Telecaster ("the greatest guitars ever built, by far, hands down," he said). Such is his love for the instrument that Fender introduced the J5 Telecaster (and J5 Special Edition acoustic) in 2004 and the J5 Triple Tele Deluxe in 2007.
John 5 in 2008 released the IMV "Behind the Player" DVD in which he gives an intimate behind-the scenes look at his life as a professional musician, including rare photos and video footage. John 5 then gives in-depth lessons for how to play "Let it All Bleed Out" and "Lords of Salem" by ROB ZOMBIE on guitar and jams the tracks with ROB ZOMBIE drummer Tommy Clufetos.
John 5 issued his fourth solo album, "Requiem", on June 3, 2008 via 60 Cycle Hum.