John 5 Returns to The Vogue and Puts on Stellar Performance
John 5 has a new album out, and it is everything you expect from the guitar master. The songs are a rip-roaring adventure of pure mayhem wrapped in a blanket of technicality. Season of the Witch was released in early March and John 5 and the Creatures headed out on the road for a tour that included a return to The Vogue in Indianapolis with local band Hero Jr. for a Dahlia Presents show.
The last time we saw John 5 was when he was riffing on stage with Rob Zombie on the Return of the Dreads tour with Korn in 2016. However, previously to this tour combo, John 5 went out on his own to try out the circuit as a solo artist. The results were gratifying enough to pull him back into a whirlwind of dates that had him changing cities almost as much as he changes guitars and styles.
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Being able to break out of the strict hard rock/metal atmosphere of the bands he performs with must be liberating. Although, hearing “The Black Grass Plague” live is a heavy rock experience in itself.
John 5 and the Creatures shift from metal to bluegrass to the Fender Telecaster rockabilly sound in “Hell Haw I.G.N.” He changes to late night intimacy on “Behind the Nut Love.” Whatever direction the band takes, it is flawless to follow the twisted ride. And sometimes it only lasts for a passing moment until he jumps back on the tracks or move on to a completely separate idea.
John 5 and The Creatures – Hell Haw
Classic horror films, the Something Weird Catalog, Syd and Marty Kroft, ‘70s fringe cartoons, rock and hot rod films—it all gets blended into this melting pot of sights and sound. If the Famous Monsters of Filmland could have a soundtrack, John 5 would be the mad scientist.
Where John 5 shines live is through his sound. It’s not so much the instrumentals that make a John 5 show great. Although his guitar work is hypnotizing and otherworldly, it’s the subtleties that make push the standard of his show.
The way he wears his sincerity on his brow, the sometimes look of madness on his face when he knows he’s getting ready to push you down the rabbit hole. The complexities in his solo work. The absolute freak out resulting in a blur of blonde hair and nimble fingers floating up and down the fretboard. And then all of that comes together as he churns out the mother of all medleys. John 5 and the Creatures became the vortex to every dimension of famous rock songs as well as songs with Zombie and Marilyn Manson. It was like a black hole sucking in everything in its path. Song after song after song, it was enough to give you vertigo.
The show left many walking out with The Joker smiles on their faces. John 5 and the Creatures ended another successful night. I’m not sure if The Vogue will ever be the same.