John 5 and The Creatures return to Reggies Rock Club for what has now become an annual event.

Every time John 5 and The Creatures perform at Reggies, the crowd gets bigger and bigger. Once you see this show, you’ll understand why that is. For the entire set, he pours his heart and soul (and as many notes as is physically possible) into the performance. 

Within seconds of the band taking to the stage, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this is an instrumental show. Performing a mixture of their own songs as well iconic covers, their set certainly keeps the audience on their toes. Two songs which are astonishing to see perform live are “The Black Grass Plague” and “Guitars, Tits, and Monsters.” To record these songs is a feat in itself, but to perform them flawlessly live is a whole other matter. 

As well as getting to hear some outstanding musicianship from the three-piece, these shows are also a feast for the eyes. John plays an array of usual guitars which have an intriguing visual side to them. One minute he is playing a clear guitar with yellow liquid moving around inside, the next he is shining lasers across the entire audience. Not to mention the various props and masks John uses throughout the show. 

John clearly enjoyed himself as much as the audience, as he can bearly keep the smile off his face throughout the show. As the band plays an instrumental version of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, the audience fully participate by singing along wholeheartedly, making the atmosphere electric. John impressively plays parts of the iconic song single-handedly while waving the other in the air to encourage the fans to sing louder, all the while not missing a single note. 

Whilst the spotlight is firmly on John during these shows, it should be noted that to play this music with him requires the highest caliber of musician. In bass player Ian Ross and drummer Logan Nix, he has certainly found that as they both add their own flavor to proceedings.  

This truly is a unique show, covering all genres from chicken picking to Michael Jackson to Metallica and most others in between. Their cover medley is a musical treat for the ears as they cram as many songs in as possible, including Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of,” Sting’s “Roxanne” and Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People.” The set ended on a high as they launch into Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Clearly having way too much fun to finish the show on that, they perform an additional song before calling it a night, something John said they never usually do. 

This current tour stretches through until late April, so make sure you check out the dates here and get yourself along. This is one you most definitely will not regret seeing. 


John 5 & The Creatures
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Event Date: 18-FEB-2018

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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