Guitarist JOHN 5 ‘Loves, Loves, Loves’ New VAN HALEN Album

Guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-MARILYN MANSON), who wrote and recorded with VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth in the late ’90s, spoke to MusicRadar.com about the band’s new album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”, calling it “amazing.” He added, “I love the new VAN HALEN record. Let me rephrase that: I love, love, love the new VAN HALENrecord. It’s heavy. If you really sit down and listen to it, it’s totally heavy. The band isn’t playing it safe at all, and that’s what’s so great about it.”

John 5 also spoke about the album’s first single, “Tattoo”, which was criticized by many VAN HALEN fans as being a poor representation of the record as a whole. “It’s a wonderful song,” John 5 said. “I remember everybody going, ‘Ahhh, I don’t know about this ‘Tattoo’. But I’ll tell you, by the second or third time I heard it, it was in my head. And that’s the mark of any great song — it stays with you.”

John 5 recorded a cover version of Michael Jackson‘s smash hit “Beat It” for his upcoming solo album, “God Told Me To”, complete a spot-on rendition of Eddie Van Halen‘s famous solo. “It’s one of the most incredible leads ever,” John 5 told MusicRadar.com. “For me to play it any other way would have been wrong somehow. A solo like that, you have to do it perfectly.”

 


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