Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) will embark on the “Mad Monster Tour” featuring his band JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES. Select dates will also feature former MISFITS member Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and his band DOYLE. JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES kick off the tour with a special show in Ramona, California on November 4.
The “Mad Monster Tour” will be in support of John 5’s upcoming greatest-hits album. The set will include a live DVD featuring footage of John in concert. John will also release three brand new singles beginning in October.
Nov 04 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Nov 05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go**
Nov 06 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d**
Nov 07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater**
Nov 08 – Ventura, CA @ Discovery**
Nov 10 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge**
Nov 12 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk**
Nov 13 – Fresno, CA @ [to be announced]
Nov 18 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint
Nov 19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Nov 20 – Tyler, TX @ Click’s
Nov 21 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
** Dates with DOYLE
John 5 earlier this summer joined up with his buddies from THE CREATURES — drummer Rodger Carter and bassist Ian Ross — to film a video for a brand new John 5 track titled “Black Grass Plague” in North Hollywood, California. The clip is being directed and produced by Coffin Case founder Jonny Coffin, who previously worked with John 5 on the mini-series “Tales From The Crossroads” as well as the DVD for “God Told Me To” in 2012.
Check out photos from the video shoot at John-5.com.
JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES toured in support of John 5’s eighth solo album, “Careful With That Axe”, which was made available on August 12, 2014 through 60 Cycle Hum. The effort features Rodger Carter on drums and Matt Bissonette on bass.
Speaking to Revolver magazine, John 5 stated about “Careful With That Axe”: “It’s really exciting for me, because this is what I think music is really about. I fund this whole thing by myself and I don’t do it for money; it’s just for the love of the guitar. I think people really understand that.
“I’ve been doing instrumental records now for a long time and built up this little fan base which is worldwide and it’s incredible how big it’s gotten. People really enjoy these records. Even the title, ‘Careful with That Axe’, when you get a guitar when you’re a little kid, you don’t know where that guitar is going to take you — if it’s going to bring you happiness or sadness, success or poverty.”
Asked how he continuously finds inspiration to write new music, John 5 said: “I always look for inspiration. If I find something that’s inspiring, I’m so excited, because it is very hard to find something inspiring. I can get inspired, like anyone, from movies or music or TV or a certain way people think. I’ve always liked people that were obsessive with something. I love watching documentaries on people like ‘clean freaks,’ because it’s just so interesting to me for some reason. [Laughs] Sounds weird, but it’s the truth.”