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 .

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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 http://john-5.com

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 https://john-5.com/main/

 

Rob Zombie Crushes Cleveland’s House of Blues

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Rob Zombie Live on Stage

Cleveland ,Ohio – The artist known as Rob Zombie bulldozed his way into Northern Ohio last night and fans came far and wide to see him . This was a bittersweet show for me as in my youth an acquaintance  of mine Phil Buerstatte (1967-2013) used to play drums for White Zombie who I originally met while his was with Last Crack .I was first introduced to Rob Zombie /White Zombie while they were the opening band for the Pantera /Trouble/White Zombie in 1992 and I immediately thought damn these guys rock ! I saw them a year later  with Pantera and Megadeth in 1993 and was again blown away . So to say last nights performance brought back memories is an understatement .

Rob Zombie in Cleveland
Rob Zombie in Cleveland

The crowd was packed to the rafters last night with not an empty seat in the house. In all actuality it was just short of insane the amount of people that turned out for this Wednesday evening show with fans chanting  Z-O-M-B-I-E  in anticipation. The clock struck 9 pm and with a flash and fury Rob Zombie entered the stage and the venue went ballistic and the fans knew every word to every song .The staff at House of Blues outdid themselves with safety and courtesy for the fans.

My favorites on the set were ” Thunder Kiss’65 ” More Human Than Human ” and “Dragula” along with ” Living Dead Girl ”

The band was tight well practiced and talented .The current line up is Rob Zombie , John 5 ,Piggy D and Ginger Fish .John 5 is one of the best guitarists I have ever seen and he literally commanded the stage and that is no small feat when you are sharing it with Rob Zombie .

To learn more about the tour check out http://www.robzombie.com