Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 was joined by Ace Frehley (KISS), Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Scott's wife Pearl Aday (daughter of actor/musician Meat Loaf) during his concert Friday night (April 6) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Sixx, Ian and Aday stepped out on stage for the show opener, a cover of the MÖTLEY CRÜE classic "Shout At The Devil", while Frehley came on at the end of the night to play the KISS classics "Parasite" and "Shock Me". Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, who was originally supposed to sing "Shout At The Devil" with Sixx, Ian and John 5, did not make an appearance at the event. According to John 5, Bach will now join him on stage on April 11 at Discovery Ventura in Ventura, California.
Last year, John 5 — real name: John William Lowery — took partial credit for reuniting Frehley and Gene Simmons at the former KISS guitarist's February 2017 concert in Beverly Hills, California, marking the first time the KISS legends were photographed together since their 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
John 5 told Seattle Music Insider that he "wanted to be like KISS" when he first started to play guitar. "[I] loved KISS growing up," he said. "Who didn't?" John 5 revealed in a separate interview with Digital Trends that KISS's 1977 classic "Love Gun" was the first album he connected with. "It's got a great cover. I loved it. I was, like, 'Oh my God — these are monsters with guitars!' I was so young then."
John 5 is touring in support of his concert album, "It's Alive!", which came out on January 25. The first live album released by John 5 and THE CREATURES — which includes Ian Ross on bass and Logan Miles Nix on drums — is also the first LP released by John 5 to be made available on vinyl.