Live Review – John 5 and The Creatures

Akron , Ohio- The guitar virtuoso John 5 came to the area over of the weekend to the delight of a sold-out crowd! The Empire Concert Club , an intimate venue on the outskirts of Akron, Ohio  played host to the legend in the making . John 5 known for his guitar work for both Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson proved that while he is a team player , he is a bonafide rock-star in his own right and his adoring  fans proved him right .

John 5 in front of a sold out crowd
John 5 in front of a sold out crowd

The packed house was in a treat to hear such songs as ” Season of the Witch ” , ” This is My Rifle ” and ”  Crank It ” among many others .

John 5 on stage
John 5 on stage

Some of the crowd favorites were ” Hell Haw ” a twisted version of Hee Haw and  ” First Victim ”  I personally feel the venue was too small for an artist of his stature, but and this is just a guess I think he enjoys the more intimate venue to connect with the fans .

John 5 on stage
John 5 on stage

If you have never seen John 5 and you have even a passing interest in guitar then make it your goal to catch one of his shows you will not be disappointed . I rate it 5 out of 5 stars .To see when he may be in your area please check out the official website at

A special shout out to Jared James Nichols who did a  outstanding  job warming up the crowd .

John 5 Delights Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom !

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John 5 on stage at the Beachland BallRoom in Cleveland Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio – The virtuoso guitarist simply known as John 5 played to a packed crowd at the Beachland Ballroom this weekend . John is considered to be rock royalty with the  pedigree  to match .Playing with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and David Lee Roth and basically a who’s who of the music industry .

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John 5 and The Creatures is currently on tour in support of their latest release ” Its Alive ” which is available at most media outlets .

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I saw him play before with Rob Zombie but I was intrigued to see how he  would be  center stage and I can say this is three simple words . ” Does Not Disappoint ”  John and the  band  took the stage like a tornado mixing sound and fury with the delicate balance and melody and  virtuosity.The band played songs ranging from  industrial style metal ,   blue grass and rockabilly to  fresh  interpretations of  classic songs .The re-imaging of ” Enter Sandman ” was  inspiring and I enjoyed it more then the original . A lot of bands use stage sets and makeup up to cover lack of talent and originality however with John 5 he is the exact opposite .The man could walk on an empty stage, pick up a second hand guitar that is missing two strings and still make peoples jaws drop in amazement, he’s that good .

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To learn more about John 5 and all his work check out his official website at