JOHN 5 + THE ARISTOCRATS @ 1720
Photos by Maximilian Ho
It was a shred fest as John 5 and The Aristocrats co-headlined a show at the 1720 in dtla showing off their formidable talents. The Aristocrats, consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller, gave us a full dose of their instrumental progressive rock tunes from their new album You Know What…? “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” was written about the time Beller had his belongings stolen by a couple. We enjoyed the somber “Last orders” which was inspired by Govan’s time in UK pubs before closing time. The trio showed their versatility during “When We all Come Together” with its Southern twang feel. In addition to Govan’s virtuoso guitar skills we were treated with Minnemann’s intricately groovy drum solo.
John 5 and The Creatures transformed the stage with Halloween themed bounced houses adorned with spooky characters. The Rob Zombie guitarist and his joker-like persona and super-human finger dexterity was on full display as he whizzed through songs off his latest album Invasion, including the funky “Zoinks!” Our heads exploded with disbelief as the J5 effortlessly picked his way through the blisteringly fast licks in “I Am John 5” while a robotic version of himself waddled around the stage. He had a bit of fun with a medley of popular rock and metal riffs. In a bizarre (and really awesome) twist, J5 closed out the show by inviting blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa on to the stage to play some Hendrix’ covers. Yeah, that happened.