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John 5 On Rob Zombie: ‘He’s Like the Brother I Never Had’

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With a movie, new album and a co-headlining tour with Megadeth already on the books for 2012, you would think Rob Zombie would be stressed out. However, guitarist John 5 says that despite his busy workload, working with Zombie has never been better.

It was recently announced that Rob Zombie will hit the studio this June to record their ‘best record yet.’ The sessions are set to begin immediately after their co-headlining trek with Megadeth, which includes stops at both Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma. Zombie’s new film ‘The Lords of Salem’ — a modern day tale of witchcraft — will also see the light of day at some point in 2012.

Having worked on all of the aforementioned projects, guitarist John 5 has been spending a lot of time working closely with Zombie of late. “He’s like the brother I never had,” John 5 tells The Examiner of the pair’s working relationship. “We get along great and it’s just unbelievable. It’s a dream gig, it’s like being with your best friend on tour.”

When John 5 first began working with the band in 2005, his playing style immediately seemed to mesh with Zombie’s hard rock stylings. “Well I was a fan of Rob Zombie, so I know his style,” explains the guitarist. “So it’s easy that way. Rob will say, “Give me something like Electric Head,” and I’ll know exactly what he’s talking about it. But if someone said, “Hey come write on a Billy Ray Cyrus record,” it would be a bit more difficult.”

After his lengthy stint as guitarist for Marilyn Manson, John 5 says that he prefers his current gig over the former. “Well it feels more like a band. I can’t explain how great it is being in this band. Of course Rob is the leader and he makes the decisions and we know that. But he doesn’t treat us like that. Manson was a little more separated. Here we’re always walking around together, we’re in the same dressing room, the same bus, we’re just friends … but Rob makes the decisions.”

The new Rob Zombie album will be John 5′s third with band and will serve as the follow-up to 2010′s ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2.’ The guitarist also did the score for Zombie’s upcoming horror film ‘The Lords of Salem,’ which has a tentative 2012 release date.

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