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John 5 explains his ‘controversial’ album title

I hate controversy… Why? Because most of it is planned controversy. When you include the word ‘GOD’ within your album title, you’re doing it for attention, because there is simply no other reason to do so, as there are so many words in so many languages to be used which people would not think twice about. But no, let’s just use God’s name to annoy/revolt some Christians. It sells.

So let’s hear why John 5 named his album ‘God Told Me To’:

The title means more than what it sounds like. I wanted to do this so badly, to be a successful musician. Not even like a rock star. My dreams didn’t go into that area. I want to make money playing guitar. I like prayed inside of my head as a little kid. I didn’t grow up in a religious home, but we went to Midnight Mass. That was the only time I’d go to church, but when I did, I prayed that I wanted to be a successful musician. I got my wish.

Read full interview here.

And this is why I hate religious people. They talk the talk but they rarely walk the walk. And yes, I realize it’s a lame saying but so is Christianity. Using God as a tool to dump all your plans and frustrations on, and to shamelessly try to exploit his powers just for your own career goals pretty much goes against the concept of Christianity. Doesn’t it?

And now I don’t feel too bad about him getting kicked by Marilyn Manson.

P.S. = Midnight Mass sounds like a band John 5 would be part of. Just sayin’…


Beat it, John 5

John 5

John 5, the “awesome” guitarist that plays in not-so-awesome bands (ex-Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), has a new album coming out. No one knows exactly why, but he’s offering the first single for purchase on Amazon, and it’s a cover of Micheal Jackson’s hit Beat It.

You can hear a preview there, and while the song sounds decent, his announcement for the new album isn’t:

I have an album called ‘God Told Me To’ [coming out] and it’s half heavy and it’s half acoustic, which I’ve never done before. I’m doing a cover of Michael Jacksons’s ‘Beat It’, an instrumental version of it. And it’s gonna be amazing. I’m really excited about this record ’cause of the acoustic stuff, ’cause I’ve never done that before. And it’s gonne be awesome. I’m so excited for this to come out. I think I’m gonna put a [making-of] DVD out with it. People always like to see how I do things and stuff.

Usually when someone throws around words like awesome and amazing, it’s us, talking about this site. And that’s cool because we’re a bunch of assholes and we admit it. This guy is actually serious. You can see the cover for the single after the jump.


Some Saturday interviews

It’s a late Saturday afternoon, you’re hungover and your head is pounding as you’re listening to the boring sounds of someone indulging in a 50 minute fretboard wank. No you’re not stuck in a guitar shop listening to some old man showing off, you’ve only gone and put a John 5 solo album on by mistake. Quick, put some Amon Amarth on before you die of boredom.

What does that have to do with interviews? Well it seems that I accidentally clicked on a John 5 interview by mistake, which, in case you care, can be found here.What I really wanted to be listening to though, is this interview with Amon Amarth‘s bassist, Ted Lundström, found here.

Amon Amarth will be releasing their 8th studio album Surtur Rising on March 29th (cover art found above, albeit cropped). Be sure to pick it up if you know what’s good for you.

In other news, a bunch of musicians you couldn’t care less about were also interviewed, including the Accept guitarist, my Grandma, and the drummer from Epica.



Alice in Chains were interviewed (videos after the jump). Unfortunately, nobody asked them why their new video looks like an amateur version of Fantastic Voyage.

Slash, Jerry Cantrell and John 5 will all appear in Turn it Up! — a movie about the electric guitar, obviously showcasing how you can get famous even if you’re mediocre at it.

Annihilator release free album. ‘If you can’t fight them, join them’ said their lead singer, referring to their fans who refuse to waste money on their stuff. Get it here.

Lordi (pictured above), the band who looks like Slipknot after an acid bath, won the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ by hacking their website a few years ago. It paid off, as now they sold a whooping 1,000 copies in the United States, and those are just from dumb Lord of The Rings fans who thought it was a spin-off CD. These contests work, folks.


John 5 answers fan-submitted questions

Do you enjoy being trapped in a guitar shop on a late afternoon listening to to someone indulging in a 43 minute fretboard wank? Do you like listening to a man in lipstick showing off? Then you’re probably one of the few John 5 fans out there.

The Rob Zombie and ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist recently answered fan-submitted questions for Fret 12.

Apparently no one thought to ask why he only joins shit bands if he’s such a good guitarist.  Shame.

Check out all the info and videos here.

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