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Current Rob Zombie guitarist
and longtime Roth associate John 5 tells Guitar
he and David Lee Roth recently laid down an entire album’s worth of acoustic
songs with two of Roth’s "Skyscraper"-era bandmates: drummer Gregg Bissonette and keyboardist Brett Tuggle.
John 5 says that the new material is anything
but boring. He says that it’s not “strummy, campfire stuff,”
but instead “lots of cool, crazy jazz chords” and “50 or 60
overdubbed guitar tracks with all this harmonizing and other weird
stuff going on.”
are about a dozen songs completed and John 5 says that Dave is in
good form, calling his vocals “incredible” and saying that he
“sings his ass off.”
5 notes that “Dave obviously has his plate full right now with Van
Halen, but hopefully this record will get released one of these
Dave and John 5 first worked together when Roth hired the guitarist,
who was then known as John Lowery, to play on his fifth solo album,
credited to the DLR Band and released in 1998.
was working with Rob Halford at
that point, something that was of little concern to Roth.
said, “Here’s what I wanna do. I wanna go into the studio and I
wanna cut this record just like the old Van Halen days - just knock
it out.” John replied, “That’s great, Mr. Roth. Only I’m
rehearsing for a tour with Rob Halford.”
Roth replied: “No problem. But I wanna have
you fresh every day, so what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna start
recording at 6 a.m. Then afterward, you can go do your other thing!”