"When I drove to LA when I was 18, from my parent's home in Grosse Pointe, I never thought I would be standing on the stage with some of the world's most renowned performers. I never dreamed I would be making records with bands I grew up listening to. I just wanted to play guitar. I just wanted to have a career as a session musician, make music and that would have been happiness enough. I can tell you honestly, I still grin from ear to ear completely humbled by what life, music has done for me. I feel like the happiest man alive sometimes – I kid you not!" – John 5, LA, February 2013.
John 5 is undoubtably one of the hottest shredders on the planet right now. His impressive resume of working with frontmen such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth and his current gig as the right hand man for Rob Zombie, show he's impressive skills have not gone unnoticed, but it doesn't do him justice to label John 5 as a shredder – he's a guitarist, a great guitarist – and there's little he can't put his hand to.
GROWING UP. HEE HAW, CLUBS AND MAKE-UP
John 5, was born John William Lowery, on July 31 1971, in Grosse Pointe Michigan, in a safe, affluent neighbourhood "it was safe, and I had my own maid". His love of guitar came at the age of seven, from the Hee Haw series he would watch with his father, as well as The Monkees; "I watched the guitar playing and knew that was what I wanted to do. My friends wanted to be astronauts and such but all I wanted to do was play and play and play". Other influences included KISS and Jimi Hendrix "one of the hardest but most graceful guitar players of all time".
For John it was having the support of his parents who permitted him to play in bars and clubs on the condition that he kept his grades up, which gave the biggest push to his burgeoning career. That support of family still drives John today "I'm very lucky, I practise all the time and yet my wife, my family get it. You come to my house and you will rarely find me wit