Fender Presents John 5: Professor of Shredology

Join us on March 31 at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles for insight from one of hard rock’s greatest guitarists.

An accomplished solo artist in his own right, guitarist John 5 has also compiled one of the most impressive resumes in rock, including his famous stint with shock rocker Marilyn Manson and his current gig with ghoulish heavy metal rocker Rob Zombie.

But throughout his career, the virtuoso metal shredder has been inclined to master other musical genres, as evidenced by his diverse work with artists such as Lita Ford, K.D. Lang, David Lee Roth, Meatloaf, Salt-N-Pepa and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“I hated it when I was in school and someone would ask me a question that I didn’t know the answer to,” John 5 said. “I never wanted to feel that way with guitar. I always wanted to know that if someone asked me to play a certain kind of music, I could do it.”

John 5 will demonstrate these varied and masterful techniques on Wednesday, March 31 during a special evening program at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.  The self-described “Fender fanatic”—he owns a jaw-dropping collection of Fender Telecaster guitars­­––will also discuss his signature gear (J5 Telecaster, J5 Special Edition acoustic and J5 Triple Tele Deluxe), share insight about life on the road with Rob Zombie and talk about songs from his latest solo album, Requiem.

“I really, really love doing these clinics,” said John 5. “It’s a blast. You get to interact with the crowd and they get to ask you questions. You get to play these instrumental songs. It’s so much fun, and I love having my name associated with Fender because I’m such a big collector. It’s like if you were a kid and you loved Superman and he came and asked you to come speak at his place. It’s like, ‘Of course!’”

Those attending the free program should also expect a solid dose of chicken picking. An ardent lover of bluegrass music that dates back to his childhood discovery of Hee-Haw, John 5 even weaves chicken picking into his rock concerts with Rob Zombie.

“I love chicken picking,” John 5 says. “I try to incorporate that into rock music whenever I can because I think it’s important to do. A lot of rock musicians, a lot of rock fans, aren’t fans of country music, but the guitar playing of country music is so incredible. I love to fit that in whenever I can. It’s always a crowd pleaser because it’s something you don’t hear all the time and when you throw in country licks and chicken picking at a Rob Zombie show, it really makes your head turn.”

John 5 will answer questions and sign autographs immediately following the program.

Doors open at 7 p.m. This very special event is free and open to the public; reservations are required and may be made by contacting the Grammy Museum at 213.765.6800 or programs@grammymuseum.org.

The Grammy Museum is located at 800 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015. For further information online, visit www.grammymuseum.org.


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