Monsters

19 Mar 19
I Am Worthy

I haven’t written about all the death around me lately because death is a bummer, but I found out yesterday that another friend of mine died unexpectedly on Saturday and I AM FED UP. Since October, I’ve lost three friends, one to suicide and two to alcohol. Two-and-a-half weeks ago, my young cousins – brothers […]

19 Mar 19
RowdySpeedway

Here is the entry list for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway. #00 Landon Cassill – StarCom Racing #1 Kurt Busch – Chip Ganassi Racing #2 Brad Keselowski – Team Penske #3 Austin Dillon – Richard Childress Racing #4 Kevin Harvick – Stewart-Haas Racing #6 Ryan Newman – Roush […]

19 Mar 19
Consequence of Sound
Setting the Stage: As you walk into the Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, New Jersey, you enter by the side of the stage. There, neatly arranged on a guitar stand are four Fender Telecasters, two Mandolins, and a banjo. One could rightfully assume that tonight’s band is playing Country Music and their assumption would be right … sort of. John 5 is a musical chameleon and to the unsuspecting guitar lover who’s only heard John 5’s “quieter” music, the skull logo hanging behind the drums and inflatable Halloween decorations that adorn the stage would probably have you question, “What have I gotten myself into?” Taking the Stage: Looking like the lovechild of the Bride of Frankenstein and a mad-scientist, John 5 and his band the Creatures arrive onstage as bassist Ian Ross starts the opening riff to “Season of the Witch”. With Logan Miles Nix on drums, the band blazes through three of their pure-shred numbers, including “This Is My Rifle” and “Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell, CA”. Ross and Hicks provide a rhythm section that operates with machine-like precision, lockstep to the lightning fast guitar runs and then effortlessly shift into the dance groove of “Crank It”. Making sure that there’s never a dull moment, and never taking themselves too serious, costumed characters emerge on stage at different points in the show. At one point, a pig with a pitchfork menaces the crowd then a robot with a ray gun — all done in the spirit of kitschy sci-fi monster movies from the 1950s. As guitar-shredding concerts go, John 5’s audience is incredibly eclectic. No doubt, helped by his time with Marilyn Manson and the last 13 years as Rob Zombie’s guitar player, he’s been able to draw in people that may otherwise not find instrumental music appealing. If this night’s crowd is any indication, the cult of John 5 is as unique as a fan-base can get. Within the first three rows stood a family with four (ranging in age from 6-10 years old); a pair of Goth kids decked out in black garb with matching black lipstick; and a single young woman who saw him play a few days earlier in New York City and “had to see him again”. His audience, like his music, can’t easily be explained and lumped into neat parameters. [See Also: John 5 on His New Solo Disc, Rob Zombie’s Upcoming Album, and More] From songs that mix country and metal (“The Black Grass Plague”) to the soothing “Behind the Nut Love”, the show takes enough sonic detours that you’re never sure what you’re going to hear next. Tying everything together is a medley of iconic guitar riffs, from The Police to Nirvana to Pantera — it’s an ode to everything that is great about the electric guitar. Along for the six-week trek across North America is Los Angeles’ Dead Girls Academy (metal) and Jared James Nichols (blues rock). The two acts’ styles are completely different, and have little in common with John 5, but somehow it works. Not even trying to pander to the guitar enthusiast, both bands held their own and clearly made some new fans. John 5 and the Creatures’ current tour continues through an April 14th show in San Diego, California, with a full list of dates here. The guitarist and his band have been rolling out singles from their upcoming album, Invasion, which is due this summer. Following his own tour, John 5 will regroup with Rob Zombie for a North American trek with Marilyn Manson beginning July 9th in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo Gallery: John 5 and The Creatures in Teaneck, New Jersey (click to enlarge and scroll through): John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. Bassist Ian Ross of John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. John 5 and the Creatures – Invasion Tour 2019, photo by Antonio Marino Jr. All photos by Antonio Marino Jr. Setlist: Season of the Witch This Is My Rifle Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell, CA Crank It Hell Haw Howdy Here’s to the Crazy Ones First Victim The Black Grass Plague Zoinks Behind the Nut Love Mando Jam Beat it Medley I Am John 5
19 Mar 19
InfoSec Industry

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19 Mar 19
BORGWORKS

Oilpaint & oilstick & charcoal on 100x100x4cm canvas Inspired by the Belgian band ‘Het Zesde Metaal’ ©️🤠borgdenobel2019

19 Mar 19
Spook du jour

I’m not sure how many toys you had growing up but I was fortunate enough to have an older brother I wasn’t too far behind in age. We were also into a lot of the same shit which meant I got just as much joy out of the army men, dinosaurs and He-man toys my […]

19 Mar 19
Michael Seidel, writer

There I am, in a bathroom with George Clooney.  We’re dressed in matching outfits: tight white shorts that end in mid-thigh, black knee-high socks, and blue Oxford shirts open at the collar. I’m watching us from one side. That perspective never changes. The bathroom doesn’t have a fourth wall because we’re on a movie set. […]

19 Mar 19
The Little Book Witch

Lockwood & Co. #1: The Screaming Staircase Jonathan Stroud No one knows how The Problem began. Sure, ghosts and specters always seemed to exist on the periphery of society, but that all changed fifty years ago when a massive surge of ghosts began causing real trouble for the living. Children and teens gifted with psychic […]

19 Mar 19
Goblin's Henchman

Tuesday Toot – G+ is closing. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+. Background A monster I posted on G+, […]

19 Mar 19
The World of Celia McMahon

Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the e-arc! If you’re looking for a creepy, atmospherical, Miyazaki-type book, this is the one. I’m not just saying that because the protagonist has my name, but it helps. What is it about? Celia is home alone when an earthquake strikes her city. Going against her parent’s wishes, […]

19 Mar 19
Workshops, Field Trips , Volunteering Opportunities, & Homeschool Co-ops (Brandon & Gardenville)

Tampa Theatre is hosting the Fantasy Theatre Factory for their production of Whales, Magic & Cheese… Oh My! This show is aimed at lower elementary children. “Whales, Magic and Cheese… Oh My!” is FTF’s newest literacy incentive and bully prevention show. The story stars Jojo, a great kid who loves to read… That is until […]

19 Mar 19
Colin Sedgwick's blog

Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27 Last time we thought about the sad mystery of why people “fall away” from faith in Jesus. Our main focus was on people whose faith crumples because they […]

19 Mar 19
What You Talking About, Willems?

2018 record: 91-72 (2nd in National League West; 1.0 games back; lost to Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 in National League Division Series) 3B Nolan Arenado (MLB.com) SS Trevor Story (The Denver Post) Projected lineup via RotoChamp.com 1. Charlie Blackmon – OF 2018: .291/29 HR/70 RBI, 12 SB, 0.8 WAR 2018 All-Star 2. Daniel Murphy – 1B […]

19 Mar 19
Carina Bissett

On April 27, I will be participating in the annual Mountain of Authors event hosted by the Pikes Peak Library District. The event will be held at Library 21C (1175 Chapel Hills Drive) in Colorado Springs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop for a fairy tale poetry prompt, limited edition chapbooks, and more. Friends of […]