John 5 and The Creatures once again visited the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area and performed at the Southgate House Revival on February 22, 2018.
I’ve seen John 5 and The Creatures perform at The Southgate House Revival three times now and each time has been a great experience. The venue is an old church that has been converted into one of Cincinnati’s coolest places to see a show. This large red brick building dates to 1866, and was home to Grace Methodist Episcopal Church for 120 years. The setting at this old church could not be better for a show featuring slasher/horror movie bits on TV screens and song titles such as “Season of the Witch”, “Doctor Evil’s Spookshow”, and “Making Monsters”.
When John 5 and The Creatures took the stage the crowd was exuberant, the moment everyone has been waiting for had arrived!! The band and John 5 performed flawlessly all night long! Treating his guitar is like an appendage, John 5 moves his body and guitar in ways to communicate the emotion of his music to the crowd. John 5 and The Creatures performed a number of songs throughout the night including “Flight of the Vulcan Kelly”, “Dr. Evil’s Spookshow”, and “Season of The Witch”. John 5 also broke out into medley’s covering “Enter Sandman”, “Eruption”, I think I even heard “Hot For Teacher” in there somewhere!
Throughout the night I saw a number of different guitars and even a banjo! At one point in the show John 5 came out with a guitar that glows green liquid inside to which he took a violin bow and played it similar to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. John 5 is just masterful at his art! There are many times that I leave a show to go edit photos or do a write up but for tonight’s show I stayed until the very end. It was truly a fun time! John 5 is a serious guitar “guru”, but on stage he smiles for the camera phones being pushed into his face, he brings out a ray gun and a creepy talking doll and plays the guitar with them, it really seems like he’s having a great time with the crowd!
The night ended with a 10-15 minute music medley that had some Van Halen songs, Pantera, Alice in Chains, Slayer, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and even Rage Against the Machine. It was quite the finale and I don’t think a soul left the venue until that last note was played on John 5’s guitar!
John 5 and The Creatures are in the middle of a 43 show tour and currently are taking a few days off before hitting the road again in March and April. I would highly recommend getting tickets to see one of the best guitarists out there live in a city near you!
John 5 and The Creatures recently put out a new album called “It’s Alive” which is a live album that was recorded last year. The album just like the live show is all instrumental and the melody’s that John 5 lays down on the guitar are wonderful! It’s Alive! is available to order in all versions here, including physical CD and LP, MP3’s, etc.
Links, Photos, and Tour Dates Below!
John 5 and The Creatures Photo Gallery – The Southgate House Revival Newport, Kentucky
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