John 5 Recalls Gene Simmons’ Advice Over His Solo Band
John 5 recently joined an interview with KNAC’s George Dionne and said that Gene Simmons was right when he suggested touring just as John 5 instead of John 5 and The Creatures.
Over 35 years as a professional musician, John 5 has worked with many prominent artists and bands throughout his career. He played with names like David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, and many others helped him make quite a name for himself in the music industry. Besides those, the guitarist also formed his solo band and started to perform with John 5 and The Creatures.
The band features the bassist Ian Ross and the drummer Alex Mercado along with John 5. The band has continued touring and working on John 5’s solo albums. The guitarist’s recent North American tour in support of his 2021 album, ‘Sinner,’ kicked off on April 21 in Roseville and will end on July 11 in New York. The tour also features special guests, including The Haxans, the guitarist’s bandmate, Piggy D, from Rob Zombie, and Ash Costello of New Years Day.
During his recent interview, John 5 stated that performing under the name John 5 and The Creatures is significant because he doesn’t want to treat them just as a group of musicians who play with him. Then, the guitarist recalled Gene Simmons’ advice about calling it simply John 5 instead of including the band’s name. John 5 explained that Simmons was right about that, but the band means so much to him that he refused Simmons’ advice. He respects his bandmates and thinks they deserve to be treated as a legitimate band.
Here are John 5’s statements on why he refused Gene Simmons’ advice:
“That’s true. And I hate the name drop, but I was with Gene Simmons, and he was like, ‘Why don’t you just call it John 5?’ And, you know, he was right. He’s right. He’s like, ‘Why not?’ But it is true, and the band is so important to me. And it’s so difficult to replace one of these guys. Because it’s the music is so intense, you know, it ain’t easy. And we got a new drummer Alex Mercado. And I mean, thank God, because he’s so good. And he just fits perfect.”
You can listen to the full interview below.