JOHN 5 Says His Next Solo Album Will Feature 'A Bunch Of Guest Stars'

ImageROB ZOMBIE and ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) recently spoke to Artisan News (see video report below) about his forthcoming solo album, an all-star affair which is tentatively due in 2014. “Rob Zombie is obviously my priority, and everything I do is just when he’s doing a movie or something like that,” he said. “And you know, I never play live with anyone else, I never tour, ’cause I never wanna confuse anyone. I’m just a writer. So as soon as they see a credit — ‘Oh, John 5 wrote on this Ricky Martin song,’ or whatever like that — then that will… So it doesn’t really get in the way. But I love doing my instrumental records and people really enjoy ’em, so I’m always working on those. I’m working on one right now. I’ve got Elton John’s bass player doing stuff. I mean, I have a bunch of guest stars on this one, so it’s gonna be really good.” Regarding how his upcoming album will be different from his last effort, 2012’s “God Told Me To”, John 5 said: “The last one was half acoustic, half electric and I always like to change it up, so this one, I’m just gonna have a bunch of guest stars. So I’m gonna start asking my friends for favors and all this stuff. ‘Hey, come on in. I watched your house and I let your dog out that one time, so come play on my record.’ So I’m gonna start my long list of people to come and play. I think it’s fun.” He continued: “These albums are a lot of fun. I just do ’em for the love of guitar and to inspire a couple of people on the way… I just really enjoy doing that. It’s great. It was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. Right when I left MANSON, I was, like, ‘OK, so I guess I’ll finally make my instrumental record.’ And it did really well, and I’m on my sixth one. And I don’t do them for money or anything — I just do them for the love of the guitar — and I think the audience really can see that. I’ll do something like a Chet Atkins song and then some crazy death metal-type song. So it’s a very wide range of music; there’s no format and there’s no rules.”

KORN REVEAL PLANS FOR 2013 FAMILY VALUES FESTIVAL

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‘Are you reeeeeeeaaaaaaady?’ That’s exactly how the brief 30-second clip teasing the 2013 Family Values Festival kicks off, with Korn’s Jonathan Davis growling the line at the top of his lungs.

While it’s been a long time since a Family Values tour has kicked up some dust, this 2013 event will be a one-off gig headlined by Korn and set to take place Oct. 5 at a yet-to-be-revealed location.

If the clip above is aimed to foreshadow the bands performing at the upcoming festival, fans will get to seeRammsteinStone SourLimp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Deftones and of course, the main attraction, Korn. All of the aforementioned acts have that date open on their schedule except for Deftones, who are scheduled to perform on Avenged Sevenfold’s tour that day in Indianapolis. So that raises the question if this clip is a preview of what’s to come or a celebration of past acts.

Rock fans may remember the annual Family Values tour, which was the brainchild of Korn. The trek kicked off its inaugural run back in 1998, combining the best of rock and hip hop with additional treks in 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, making it one of the most anticipated rock tours each year. Throughout its existence, the Family Values tour offered up bands like Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Evanescence and DMX, just to name a few.

While the video teaser is short on details, it definitely raises a lot of excitement over the new festival. The festival date falls on an off day mixed in with the string of intimate club dates the band recently revealed. Stay tuned as the festival details develop.

Korn’s new disc ‘The Paradigm Shift’ is due out Oct. 8, so the Family Values Festival will serve as the perfect record release party.

ROB ZOMBIE's 'Great American Nightmare' Offering Unsigned Bands Chance To Perform

ImageFullerton, California’s The Slidebar has partnered with Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to host the Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands live local music showcase this September and October. Unsigned talent will have a chance to compete for a chance to play the Monster Energy Main Stage on one night of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween music and horror event — will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 to November 2 at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles. The live music showcase nights for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands will begin with preliminaries at Slidebar on September 9, 16, 23, and 25, and will culminate with the four finalists competing on October 6. One winner will earn the honor of performing on the Monster Energy Main Stage at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. The performance date for the winning band will be announced at the final battle at Slidebar on October 6. To enter the competition, bands should email slidebarvenuebooking@yahoo.com by September 13, 2013. Each entry should include: band name, genre, Facebook page, Twitter, contact name, and contact e-mail. Bands will be chosen from these entries to perform at the weekly battles, each featuring five bands. Also visit the SlideBLOG at SlidebarFullerton.com for more details. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will feature 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2 headlining performance by Rob Zombie himself. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in the realms of hard rock/metal, rock alternative, EDM, and Latin music. Each Thursday night will feature rock alternative music, Fridays EDM, most Saturdays will feature hard rock/metal, and most Sundays will be Latin music focused. Please visit GreatAmericanNightmare.com for the full list of music performances by date. A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: “Lords Of Salem Total Black Out”, “The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D” and “Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses”. “The Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard” will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night. Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30 – September 29). VIP packages are available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. FEARPlex (Fairplex) is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, California, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 'Hail To The King' Headed For Top Of U.S. Album Chart

ImageAVENGED SEVENFOLD’s sixth album, “Hail To The King”, is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 27 via Warner Bros. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s fifth album, “Nightmare”, opened with 162,500 units back in August 2010 to debut at the top of The Billboard 200 chart. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s self-titled fourth album registered a first-week tally of 94,000 copies in November 2007, nearly three times what its 2005 effort, “City of Evil”, sold in its biggest week on the chart. AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows said a few months back that the sound of the new CD was channeling earlier records from acts like PANTERA, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH and others, and he told The Pulse Of Radio again just recently that the band was aiming for an older feel. “We said, ‘Well, why don’t we make a record that we would want to listen to today, that sounds like a late ’90s or before record?'” he said. “And then we said production-wise we’ve got to make it sound like one of those records. We’ve got to have the big guitars, the huge drums that are over the top, and just like the punch that those records gave you. So what I would say is that this is a record in 2013 that reminds me of like an early ’90s or before type metal record.” “Hail To The King” is AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s first full album written and recorded without drummer and charter member James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009 during the early stages of writing for “Nightmare”. The band was scheduled to debut a number of new songs live at a free show in Los Angeles on Monday night (August 26). AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career as the song “Hail To The King” reached the top of the Active Rock radio chart. The band will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST. AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s video for the song “Hail To The King” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Syndrome, an award-winning design and live-action directing studio.

“Hail To The King” track listing:

01. Shepherd Of Fire

02. Hail To The King

03. Doing Time

04. This Means War

05. Requiem

06. Crimson Day

07. Heretic

08. Coming Home

09. Planets

10. Acid Rain

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Featuring CHESTER BENNINGTON: New EP Title, Release Date, Cover Artwork

ImageThe new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK’s Chester Bennington will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks, including “Out of Time” and “Tomorrow”. The cover artwork for “High Rise” can be seen below. “Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart earlier this month. “We’re really thankful to all the people listening to our music that made this happen,” says bassist Robert DeLeo. “It feels great on so many levels.” STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will kick off a North American tour on September 4 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The opening act on almost all the dates will be FILTER. This will be the first major run of live dates, as well as the first official recording, since STP fired founding vocalist Scott Weiland earlier this year and recruited Bennington to take over. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert and Dean DeLeo recently revealed why STONE TEMPLE PILOTS parted way with Weiland. In a radio interview, Robert explained that he thinks that you get to a point in your life where your BS meter starts running down to a certain kind of tolerance and that it wasn’t just a musical decision, but it was a business decision. Robert added: “It was a quality-of-life decision and that really what it’s about. That’s where we wanted to be. Chester is a person that’s really surrounded by good fortune and that’s something you want to be around. It’s no longer three guys in a room, trying to make a record or trying to get a tour together — it’s four guys in a room.” Dean explained that they wanted to be able to fulfill their commitment through the band too. He said: “Robert, Eric [Kretz, drums] and I, we want to be able to come to town and give you everything we’ve got and it was getting to a point where we were unable to do that.” STP will release the new EP through their own label. It will contain five songs, including “Out Of Time”. STP fired Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol. The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career. Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.