Before hitting the road this summer with Rob Zombie, guitarist John 5 has been out on the road in support of his solo material. On Friday, March 18th, he stopped in Syracuse, NY for a show at the Westcott Theater. Unlike shows with Rob Zombie, John 5 focuses on his solo instrumental work while out on the road alone. Going from headlining festivals and arenas with Zombie to a small crowd of fans, John 5 still put on an unforgettable show.
To start the show, John 5 came out with a black veil on along with a glass guitar that appeared to be filled with green liquid. Unfortunately this guitar was only seen for this opening and was put away for the night. The rest of the night fans were treated to a slew of John’s 6-strings and more. The setlist was made up of a mix of original songs, along with some covers and melodies. Some of the setlist included songs such as “This Is My Rifle” and “Flight of the Vulcan Kelly”.
The set wasn’t a typical solo guitarist show, which can get boring quickly. Throughout the night, the on-stage backdrops changed revealing different photos of girls dressed up in revealing Halloween costumes holding different guitars. There was also a guy who took the stage in different costumes to make changes on the stage or fix anything that needed to be adjusted. All of this would have been a surprise for fans at anyone else’s show, but for a John 5 show it wasn’t a surprise.
John’s work on the guitar is mesmerizing. Watching John go through scales and sweeps like nothing is why he’s always nominated for shredder of the year by all the guitar magazines. Fans of Rob Zombie may not realize the amount of talent John 5 has. Unfortunately, the Syracuse date was one of the last stops on the tour and the rest of the year J5 will be on the road with Rob Zombie; so John’s guitar shredding won’t be on display to it’s fullest. To cap the night off, John 5 performed his cover of “Beat It”, which was featured on his album God Told Me To. Once “Beat It” was over, J5 and the Creatures went into a covers melody, which featured many different famous guitar riffs. Of course Zombie tunes weren’t left out and the crowd got to headband to “Thunder Kiss ‘65” the famous White Zombie song.
Those who came out to the Westcott Friday night got to see something special and definitely appreciated the intimate performance they got. Fans of John 5 will be able to catch him back in Syracuse this August when he takes the Lakeview Amphitheater stage with Rob Zombie. For more information on John 5, visit his website http://john-5.com.