OCTOBER 28th 2017


Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper

I don’t normally do my review with the headliner first, but it is a must, they are just too exceptional to leave to the last.

Okay, as many of you may know, I have been counting down the days since these two special Halloween shows were announced. I attended the show in March of this year at the same venue, so knew what to expect, and waking up today, was like waking up on Christmas morning, almost too excited to go. It all took place at Tony V’s Garage in Everett, Washington on October 28th.  I also attended the V I P, there were 2 great packages available. Nothing better than getting some unique gifts, which adds to an amazing memory for the rest of your life. I rarely do VIP, but there is no way I was going to miss my chance seeing John 5 up close, and having the opportunity to talk to him. Yes, I did it last time too, and am still in awe at how humble the man is, how polite, and always a smile on his face. He even signed my poster “Happy Birthday Rita”, now that’s pretty special wouldn’t you say.

Now Fear This:

There was a variety of songs played, each one exploring rock with some metal elements, mix to that some funky country western moments, and you have a night you won’t soon forget. I will say again, never did I expect to enjoy so much a band that was all instrumental. But the talent here is phenomenal, something that just surpasses all else on this planet. It was packed tonight too, a little rowdy compared to last time. Saying that though, John 5 makes you forget everything, he draws your attention, holds it, and keeps you anxiously waiting for what’s next, enjoying every single second he is on stage. Of course, being a Halloween show, there were some pumpkins, heads, and a giant blow up pumpkin head man hovering over John 5. Was cool too that “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” was playing on a TV nearby. Noticed it once, and it was back to the unsurpassable talent of John 5 and his Creatures which included bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Nix. I think he really caught everyone’s attention when he did his rendition of Metallicas “Enter Sandman”, yes, I sang along, not in tune, but had a blast just the same. Have you ever heard a guitar sing, John 5 made his for Enter Sandman, totally blown away, so over the top. There were many songs he did, from Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson, and so many others.

Behind the Nut Love:

As many of you are aware, John 5 plays with Rob Zombie, and yes, he does a magnificent job on the stage with them, but you don’t appreciate the talent until you listen to him do his solo work with The Creatures. I just can’t really do this band justice, that is how good they are. Please, next time you hear that John 5 and The Creatures are on tour, drive, no matter how many miles to see him, you will never regret it.

Thank you so much for giving us such an amazing evening, one that I wished lasted much longer (never get enough), and hope that soon you will return and give us another night to remember, or maybe, another CD 😉

First up tonight is a band called Superfekta, a pop rock band out of Marysville, Washington. What you will hear is some catchy songs, and extremely loud. They have been around for a while, but for me, another band I have not heard of until tonight. I really couldn’t get into their sound, as it was loud enough I had to hold my hands over my ears, never had to do that before in all the shows I have reviewed. Always say, you don’t need to be loud to be good. For me, there was no reason to be that loud. John 5’s sound check was just right, not too loud, but enough to enjoy all the sounds for each member.

Next was a band called Wyatt Olney and the Wreckage, and they come from Seattle, Washington. Again, with all the shows I attend to review, never heard or seen them play before. They had a rock and roll sound to them, and the bassist was very active on stage, always nice to see some movement up there. Sadly, I did lose interest because it was just too loud, it actually hurt my ears. Really hard to review a band when you have to plug your ears, or move to the very back of the room. Just not the same. Sorry guys.  Next time, turn it down just a notch.  When John 5 played, his sound was just fine, so I don’t understand, but to each their own, and if your fans like it, that is what counts.

I think I need another show with John 5 and The Creatures again soon, because like I said above, he was amazing, such skill and precision, a man who loves his guitar, and It shows. John 5 and the Creatures, please tour again soon!