The American guitar virtuoso, John Lowery, aka, John 5 continues to shred up North America playing guitar with Rob Zombie on the Gruesome Twosome Tour. The tour features the ultimate shock rockers of our time: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.
John 5 started playing out at a very young age and pursued his dreams to become a studio musician. At age 18, he moved to LA where news about his talents spread like wild fire among the influential people in the LA scene. It was his hard work ethics and skills that led him to work with an impressive list of musicians. His wide range of styles has allowed him to play with Rick Springfield, Lita Ford, K.D. Land, Rob Halford’s, Salt-N-Pepa, Paul Stanley, Lynyrd Skynrd, Meatloaf, David Lee Roth, the Scorpions and many others. In 1998, John joined Marilyn Manson replacing Zim Zum. Marilyn Manson gave John the name, John 5 which has stuck. In 2004 he left Marilyn Manson and went on to do his own solo career. He also started his own band titled Loser in 2005. Soon after, He was ask to play with Rob Zombie.
John joined Rob Zombie for the Ozzfest 2006 tour. He left his band Loser when took up the permanent spot as Rob Zombie’s guitarist. From there, he co-wrote the next Zombie album, “Educated Horses,” writing 8 of the 11 tracks. He co-wrote the latest Rob Zombie album, “Hellbilly Deluxe 2″ which hit stores Feb 2010. John 5 continued to work on other project with Rob including the musical score for Rob Zombie’s sixth feature-length film, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
John 5 just released his fifth studio album, “The Art Of Malice” (May 11, 2010) which has guest appearances of Billy Sheehan on bass and Tommy Clufetos on drums. On previous records, John had guest appearances from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Jim Root.
Nadine from Musician Photo Journal had the opportunity to sit down with John before his show in Lewiston NY to talk about the new album, the tours and what is next on the horizon for John 5. Watch the two part segment below:
Check out this contest to win one of two J5 Telecaster guitars: (contest ends June 7, 2010)
Look for John 5 with Rob Zombie this summer on the Monster/Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour dates (2010)
July 10 — San Bernardino, CA — San Manuel Amphitheater
July 11 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 13 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheater Southeast
July 16 — Phoenix, AZ — Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 17 — Albuquerque, NM — Journal Pavilion
July 18 — Englewood, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 20 — Maryland Heights, MO — Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
July 23 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
July 24 — Hartford, CT — The Comcast Theatre
July 25 — Montreal, QC — Parc Jean Drapeau
July 27 — Mansfield, MA — Comcast Center
July 28 — Holmdel, NJ — P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 30 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 31 — Noblesville, IN — Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 1 — Atlanta, GA — Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug. 4 — Virginia Beach, VA — Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 6 — Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 — Pittsburgh, PA — Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
Aug. 8 — Bristow, VA — Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
Aug. 10 — Tampa, FL — Ford Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 — West Palm Beach, FL — Cruzan Amphitheater
Aug. 13 — Dallas, TX — Superpages.com Center
Aug. 14 — Oklahoma City, OK — Zoo Amphitheatre
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
JOHN 5 : www.john-5.com
ROB ZOMBIE :
MAYHEM FESTIVAL : www.rockstarmayhemfest.com/mayhem