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Guitar Greats: John 5

Perhaps the only thing more unique than John 5's playing is his career itself.

Best known for his work with Marilyn Manson from 1998-2004 and Rob Zombie since 2005, John 5 has worked with a ridiculous amount of artists from the likes of David Lee RothMeat Loaf, Paul Stanley, Scorpions, Filter, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart and Rick Springfield.  (Yes, that Rick Springfield.)

Among guitarists today, his resume is second to none.  Frankly, if we listed all of his credits, our hands would cramp up from all of the typing.

 

John 5 performing with Marilyn Manson.

 

Marilyn Manson at the Virgin Megastore - September 15, 1998

Madonna Wayne Gacy, Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson, John 5 and Ginger Fish of Marilyn Manson Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Madonna Wayne Gacy, Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson, John 5 and Ginger Fish of Marilyn Manson at the Virgin Megastore - September 15, 1998.

John 5 portrait.

 

John 5 of Marilyn Manson video shoot for the controversial 'Guns, God and Government' DVD release.

 

Photo of JOHN 5

Photo of JOHN 5; live at the Roxy Club Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

John 5 live at the Roxy Club.

 

Photo of MARILYN MANSON

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John 5 portrait.

 

John 5 during OZZFEST 2005 at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel - July 26, 2005 at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

 

Guitarist Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, guitarist John 5, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, renowned rock photographer Robert Knight and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, pose in front of a memorabilia case that was presented to Slash and Knight during a dedication ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino July 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

John 5 performing on stage in Las Vegas.

 

John 5 performs during a concert at the Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino to celebrate the resort's 20th anniversary October 2, 2009 in Las Vegas.

 

John 5 performs at the Mayhem Festival at White River Amphitheater on July 13, 2010 in Enumclaw, Washington.

 

 

John 5 performs at the Rock Against MS benefit concert at The Whisky a Go Go on March 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

 

 

John 5 performs on stage at Pinkpop 2014 on June 9, 2014 in Landgraaf, Netherlands.

 

Kirk Von Hammett's 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil

John 5 performs as Monster Jam Encore at 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil at Rockbar Theater on April 11, 2015 in San Jose, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

John 5 performs as Monster Jam Encore at 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil at Rockbar Theater on April 11, 2015 in San Jose, California.