ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 will discuss and perform music from his upcoming fourth solo album, "Requiem", during a string of exclusive in-store appearances in early June.
In the next installment of the "Guitar Center Sessions" series, Guitar Center welcomes guitar virtuoso John 5 for a series of exclusive in-store events. John 5 will be sharing his experiences, discussing his new signature Fender Telecaster and showcasing his brand of crunching metal and Delta dynamite pickin' techniques as he performs songs from "Requiem".
Developed to promote players with a deep passion for and commitment to the craft, "Guitar Center Sessions" is a music education-based, artist-centric initiative developed to educate, inspire and conserve the tradition and art of music, Featuring informative, provocative discussions and hands-on tutorials from today’s top artists, "Guitar Center Sessions" serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them with an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their heroes in a comfortable and intimate setting.
The details are as follows:
Guitar Center Phoenix
2772 West Peoria St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Guitar Center La Mesa
8825 Murray Dr.
La Mesa, California 91942
Guitar Center Las Vegas
6587 S. Las Vegas Blvd. STE B172
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Guitar Center Hollywood
7425 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90046
Guitar Center San Francisco
1645 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, California 94109
For more information, visit www.guitarcenter.com/sessions.
John 5 was a guest on the "Maximum Threshold" show on May 13. John 5 spoke about "Requiem", due on June 3 via 60 Cycle Hum. He said that this new record will be different from the other albums, for which he did most of the work himself, and that the new CD's style is more intense. He stated, "it is a really, really crazy-sounding record. The record actually sounds like a symphony. Some songs were actually 14 minutes long and [I] had to put ID markers in the middle of the song because they were so long." He added, "The songs are absolutely insane. If you like crazy guitars and music that has everything in it, including the kitchen sink. There will be intense guitar shredding, bluegrass, classical, swing and every kind of avenue in this record and that it is really over the top."
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By definition requiem is prayer for the salvation of the soul(s) of the departed, requiem is also the title of various musical compositions used in such liturgical services. In the case of John 5, requiem is a mind-blowing, sinister guitar instrumental with song titles named after torture devices. "I find the macabre fascinating, it's all over history. In researching the torture devices I heard music to describe each one," explains John 5.
John 5 performs all instruments with the exception of the time-keeping by Zombie bandmate Tommy Clufetos (drums). The album was recorded in the middle of night that lent a cool vibe and only time John 5 had studio times. Most of the songs are 12-13 minutes long so John 5 decided to put in markers to divide them up so when songs change from track to track it seems to meld in to each other.
John 5 has revealed the cover artwork for "Requiem", designed by ROB ZOMBIE bassist Piggy D.
A track from the forthcoming CD, "Sounds of Impalement", is available for streaming on John 5's MySpace page.