Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 spoke to the “Brutally Delicious” podcast about his involvement in the upcoming documentary called “Dreams Of Distortion” about “following your dreams and never giving up.” The documentary also features Rob Zombie, Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Peter Criss (KISS), K.D. Lang, Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN), Gary Rossington (LYNYRD SKYNYRD) and Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE).
John 5 said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The director got a hold of me and said, ‘We wanna do a documentary on you.’ And I was, like, ‘Who am I? Abraham Lincoln?’ But it’s about inspiration and it’s about going after your dreams. The documentary is called ‘Dreams Of Distortion’. Because it’s hard for people to leave their hometown; it’s hard for people to leave their friends and their family — it’s very difficult, almost impossible. But you just have to do it. If you wanna go after your dreams, you’ve gotta do it. And that’s what I did. I came out to California and I did my best. I would call people — cold-call ’em. They didn’t know who I was, and I would talk to people and I would ask people; I just was crazy.
“The documentary is about inspiration and going after your dreams and being obsessive — things like that. And there’s a lot of people in the documentary.”
John 5 also elaborated on the simple steps that he would take to achieve his dreams. He said: “My advice to people when they ask me… I try to do something every single day towards your dream. Because there’s a lot of days in the year, and years can go by fast. But if you do one thing every day — one thing — if it’s make a phone call or if it’s play a gig or make a connection, that’s something. And those things will build up and they’ll add up. And that’s exactly what I did.”
JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES will embark on the “Sinner” tour next week. The band consists of John 5 on guitar, Ian Ross on bass and drummer Alex Mercado. Opening 15 of the 27 stops are THE HAXANS, the spooky rock duo featuring NEW YEARS DAY frontwoman Ash Costello and ROB ZOMBIE bassist Piggy D. JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES will support FOZZY on some dates.
JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES will be recording shows along the “Sinner” tour for a live album and video, with San Francisco and New York dates confirmed for the recordings so far.
John 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and more. Slash has called John 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. John 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Steve Perry, Ricky Martin and others.
In 2015, following a series of web shows to celebrate the release of his solo album “Careful With That Axe”, John 5 decided to take his solo set on tour and formed THE CREATURES band to support his live shows. Initially joined by long-term friend Rodger Carter on drums, the band continues touring to this day, and now work as a unit on 5‘s solo albums, including “Season Of The Witch”, the live album “It’s Alive”, “Invasion” and 2021’s “Sinner”.