John 5 Doesn’t Have Regrets About Leaving Rob Zombie

John 5 recently sat down with the Talkin’ Rock podcast for a chat and said that he held no regret about his departure from Rob Zombie.

Sharing his feelings on leaving Rob Zombie and joining Mötley Crüe, the guitarist said:

“Well, it was very difficult, of course. Because for me and Rob, for 17 years [we were] very close, had a wonderful working relationship, a friend relationship, and we made so much great music together. This opportunity came, and I was like, ‘I gotta do this for me. I want to see this through me eyes and experience everything I can experience in my life.’ And I’m happy I did it. It’s the greatest thing ever!”

He also talked about performing on huge stages with Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard, explaining:

“It’s just a dream, and that’s what’s important because there are so many musicians or actors or artists that are like, ‘I don’t know. It’s a one-in-a-million shot.’ But, you gotta do it!”

The news of John 5 joining Mötley Crüe was confirmed in October 2022. Speaking to Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation several months after he departed from Rob Zombie, the musician shared his reaction when he told him about the news, saying:

“I talked to Rob, and he understood. Rob is a smart, rational person. I mean, he wasn’t psyched, but he understood. And I think that was amazing of him. He was just, like, ‘Go get them.’ He was fine about it.”

He also talked about if there was any animosity between him and Zombie:

“I called Rob, and I said, ‘This is what’s happening.’ And we did a show, Louder Than Life, together, and that was my last show. But no bad blood or anything; it wasn’t anything bad. It wasn’t dramatic or anything. And Rob was super cool. He was, like, ‘Hey, I get it.'”

After replacing John 5 with Mike Riggs, Zombie is currently focused on his next album. It will mark a return for Riggs, who last played with Zombie on ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ and ‘The Sinister Urge’ before departing from the band in 2003.