John5 and the creatures took his solo Its Alive Tour to Jacksonville Florida at the 1904 Music Hall. The doors didn’t open until 8pm, but that didn’t stop the fans to start lining up at the entrance about an hour early. wanting to get in and get their spot up front and close to the action. John 5’s day job may be playing foil to Rob Zombie, he often has the chance to take center stage himself, and that is just what he did at 1904.
John5 and the band hit the stage, after playing a few riff in the waiting room just of the side of the stage at 1904 with “Flight of Vulcan Kelly” sporting a flashing colored grill in his mouth and that got the crowd throwing their hands and pumping the horns in the air. John is quite the showman on the stage as he plays this guitar like it was part of his body, he is an insane player that could play the phone book and I think he did at one time…haha. To call J5 a “good” guitar player is an underplaying his mass talent. His fretboard pyrotechnics mixed with the fierceness of his backing band leave no question of who is in control here. The guys backing up J5 consisting of Ian Ross on bass and Logan Miles Nix on drums, they have played on stage and in the studio with John for the last few years and it shows in the tightness they bring to the music. J5 switched guitars like he changes his socks, and the guitars are all works of art in their own right. His art in guitars goes from ones with LED that light up the whole body of the guitar to ones that just look killer. J5 is a showman at best, even changing into different costumes throughout the performances.
After the first 4 songs of pure guitar outrage, John gives the crowd a chance to put their faces back on with the jazzy “Jiffy Jam” that has a little twang to it that got the foot tapping. John is the master of mashups and bleeding songs from one to another, he would do that throughout the night with tunes like “Enter Sandman” but Metallica all the way to the final song of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.
Flight Of Vulcan Kelly, Crazy Ones, Rifle, Making Monsters, Jiffy Jam, Hellhaw, El Cucuy ??, Season Of The Witch, Enter Sandman, Portraits of Sydney Sloan, Dr. Evil/First Victim/Solo, Black Grass Plaque, Behind The Nut Love, 666 pickers, Guitar-Tits and Monsters, then a medley and Beat it.
All and all the show was entertaining and masterful, John kept the crowd in it all time and kept the fans wanting more at the end.