John 5 Talks New Solo Album & Marilyn Manson
Amy Harris recently conducted an
interview with ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN
MANSON guitarist John 5. A couple of
excerpts from the chat follow below.
Amy Harris: Can you tell us about the name of your
album, "God Told Me To"?
John: The name, it is funny because I remember, I am from
Michigan, I am from Grosse Pointe. I was upper class growing up
there. I was brought up in a really nice environment and home and I
remember the night before I was leaving for California to really
give it my shot saying, "I am going to try this. I am going to try
to be this musician type of thing." I remember I was saying my
little prayer. I never wished to be a "rock star." I just wanted to
be a working musician. My dreams didn't even go past a session
player or a working musician like that. It was too far beyond my
dreams. That's kind of what the title means, that kind of thing,
but also you can look at in the negative way, like when someone
does a horrific murder, they always say, "Oh, God told me
Amy Harris: I have read a lot of discussion in your recent
interviews about serial killers and even the song
"Night Stalker" being written about Richard
Ramirez. Why the serial killer references behind that? Do you
have an interest in this type of people or the history and stories
John: I think it is interesting to me about how the mind
works and how someone is wired, how their mind works, how it is
completely OK to do these things, which I could never even think of
doing something like that. It was always so interesting to read
about this or watch documentaries. It is so odd for something like
that to happen so I have always had this little fascination with
it, not that I am pro for that kind of thing or anything, but it is
just very interesting to see something like that.
Amy Harris: I know that you are always writing constantly.
How did you narrow the songs for the album?
John: I kind of would write a certain thing and I would say,
"It would be really cool if I had something like this next,"
because I like a nice flow to the record and a lot of people don't
like the shredding thing all the time, I don't even, this is coming
from me. I like a nice even flow to everything and the acoustic
stuff is a nice breather to everything that is going
Amy Harris: I know you are playing the same day
as Marilyn Manson this time at
Rock On The Range. When was the last time that you saw him?
I'm sure you will run into each other that day.
John: I saw him at the [Revolver]
Golden God Awards [in April] and I didn't say
hi. Ginger, his old drummer is playing with us
in ROB ZOMBIE. It's fine. We don't have any bad
blood. We are adults; it's fine. We have no problems with each
other whatsoever. I know it would make a great story if we did, but
Read the entire interview from Amy Harris.
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