The first band of the evening was Inherit the Earth. This hard rock/metal band from Long Island was formed by members of Savior, Permanent Scar, and One More Breath. The band features Lee Leuken (vocals), Steve Mullinax (bass), Peter Zambuto (drums), Charlie Bozza (guitar) and Vincenzo Voccia Jr (guitar). These guys warmed up the audience with their catchy rhythmic grooves and emotional melodic vocals leaving us wanting more, and fully warmed up for the next act. Make sure to check them out on Facebook and Reverb Nation.
Next up, the direct support for John 5, was New York City’s own TEN TON MOJO, featuring the whiskey-soaked vocals of Ernie Papp, the hard edge sound of guitarists Scott Lano and Gabe Mera, and driving the bus with his rhythmic beat, drummer Paul Kane who was accompanied by their new addition, Chris Laubis on bass. This no holds barred, guitar driven rock band had the audience moving and shaking with their incredible energy and combination of hard edged rock & roll and soulful bluesy melodies. My personal favorite, American Honey, is chock full of hard driven percussion, cymbal crashes, guitar riffs, and lyrical vocals that epitomize classic rock and roll and should most definitely be seen and heard live. Check them out on Facebook, Reverb Nation and be sure to get tickets to their next show on June 18th at the Bowery Ballroom when they open for The Dirty Pearls.
The headliner for the evening was John 5 & The Creatures featuring John William Lowery who is best known by the stage name John 5. The name was given to him during his time with Marilyn Manson and has stuck with him since. John 5 was joined by Rodger Carter on drums and Ian Ross on bass. John 5 has been dubbed one of the greatest guitarist on the planet. His resume is quite impressive, having worked with front men such as the aforementioned Marilyn Manson, as well as Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and his current gig as the right hand man for Rob Zombie. Amidst smoke machines and flickering lights, John 5 entered the stage in full costume, wearing makeup and a veil, strumming a brightly lit custom Fender Telecaster. The entire set, which comprised a nice blend of rock, bluegrass, and metal, was entertainingly theatrical and purely instrumental with many guitar and mask changes. John 5 played a majority of his new album Careful With That Axe, along with songs from each of his previous solo albums and quite a few familiar covers. The last show of the John 5 Tour was held in New Hampshire on March 20. Make sure to check out John 5 & The Creatures on Facebook and their new album now on Amazon.
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