May 15, 2022

John 5 / The Haxans - Rams Head On Stage

Category: Live Reviews



Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD

 John 5 Set List:  Season of the Witch, Que Pasa, Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell CA, Crank It - Living With Ghosts, Zoinks!, Howdy, Cactus Flower, Land of Misfit Toys, I Am John 5, How High The Moon, Constant Sorrow, The Black Grass Plague, Georgia, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen Cover), Medley (All My Life / The Trooper / You Really Got Me / Heartbreaker / Thunderstruck / La Grange / The Final Countdown / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Runnin' With the Devil / Symphony of Destruction / Detroit Rock City / Thunder Kiss '65 / Hot for Teacher / Killing in the Name / Walk), Creepshow, Homet Sweet Home (Motley Crue cover)

 The Haxans Set List:  Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives, Lights Out, Young Blood, Slick Black Coffin, Black Cat Bone, All The Roses, Scary Monsters (David Bowie cover), Witchy Woman (Eagles Cover), Dirty Magic

 John 5 is best known as the guitarist for Rob Zombie & formerly of Marilyn Manson.  He’s a versatile shredder but his playing is not limited to just rock - John intertwines elements of Country, Jazz, Classical, and Blue Grass to create a sound and style that’s distinctly his own.

Born John William Lowery on July 31, 1970, John acquired the name John 5 when he joined Marilyn Manson and he’s performed with more artists than you most people realize.  John was a member of David Lee Roth’s solo band and recorded an entire album which remains un-released to this day, he was a member of K.D. Lang’s band for many years, he played with Rob Halford in the band Two, was a staff writer for Chrysalis Records and worked with Meat Loaf, Garbage, Lita Ford, Alice Cooper, Paul StanleyAce Frehley, Sebastian Bach, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Steve Perry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name just a few.

 John was born in Michigan and decided to pick up the guitar after watching the TV show Hee Haw with his Dad.

 Witnessing John 5 perform at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland was like watching John play a house party because the venue is an intimate, seats/tables styled dinner theatre and is not primarily known as a place to see heavier rock acts.

 The Haxans served as openers and this was their second to last date on the tour.  The Haxans are a goth/pop/rock duo featuring Matt Montgomery aka Piggy D from The Rob Zombie band and Ash Costello from New Years Day.

The Haxans utilized pre-recorded drums and are a true 2 person band.  The Haxans were fun, upbeat, interacted with the crowd, told jokes, and were truly entertaining to say the least.

 Piggy D wore a sequined dress with fishnet tights and white spiderweb boots.  Piggy joked that he wasn’t wearing underwear and apologized in advance if anyone saw too much of him.   The Haxans performed one new song off their upcoming record and towards the end of their set performed covers by David Bowie and The Eagles“Dirty Magic” closed their set and the chorus for this one makes it an instantly memorable song: 

“I can't get high enough above you

I can't get drunk enough to love you

I am the angel to your devil

I won't sink down to your level

The way I fell for you is tragic

You must have used that dirty magic over me”


The last time John 5 performed at Rams Head On Stage he scaled his usually theatrical show down and performed in a fedora/dress jacket.  John’s second performance at Rams Head On Stage offered fans the full on monster experience.   John took the stage in a Halloween styled mask which hid a glowing skull underneath.  The Creatures featured a new drummer and at one point during the show there was a mini drum solo of “Pain Killer” by Judas Priest.  When two fans yelled out that it was “Pain Killer” John told them they had won a guitar pick for knowing what song it was and asked them to walk up to the stage to receive their reward.  The two gentleman were unsure if shaking John’s hand was ok so they awkwardly put out an open hand, then did a fist bump, preceded by a Mork and Mindy styled nanoo nanoo exchange.

 Towards the end of the show John’s roadie tossed out oversized “John 5” balloons for the crowd to bounce back and forth; this was clearly and ode to/borrowed from KISS.

 Before starting his “Cover Medley” John performed “Georgia (On My Mind)” & “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen in their entirety.  The “Cover Medley” started with “All My Life” by Foo Fighters and quickly went into “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden.  The Medley ended with an excerpt of “Walk” by Pantera and then for the nights encore John closed with “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue.

 The crowd was extremely enthusiastic for a Sunday night and John made it a point to tell them that he was okay with everyone filming his show(s) because he enjoys watching them on YouTube.  John commented that whoever filmed the last time they performed at Rams Head On Stage they did a great job filming it.

 At the Merch table there was more merch for The Haxans than there was for John 5The Haxans offered fans a signed tour litho for $30, $25 vinyl, several shirt designs for $30, numerous pins, coasters, patches, buttons, etc. and perhaps the coolest item John 5 offered was a mini John 5 figure for $20.  There was an autographed John 5 Squire guitar being raffled off, tickets were $10 each and a winner will be drawn randomly on the very last date of the tour.  Fans could also get a photo with John 5 for $50 after the show.  Perhaps the most interesting fact was that they charged tax at the merch table; MOST merch tables never charge tax at a concert.

 The entire evening was wrapped up by 10:30 PM.


Author: Bob Suehs