John 5 studied Motley Crue after joining the band.
The 53-year-old guitarist joined the glam metal group as Mick Mars’ replacement in 2022, and John has now revealed that he studied their old concerts in a bid to overcome his nerves.
The musician – whose real name is John Lowery – told Australian Guitar magazine: “I would go through the set every day. I prepare myself for everything because I never want to feel nervous. I don’t like that feeling.”
John paid particularly close attention to the finer details of the band’s shows.
He explained: “I would study their stadium concert tours – what Vince [Neil] is going to say, where I should go during this, where I should go during that – and I mean really study.
“In rehearsal, Nikki would say, ‘At the end of the song, we’re going to do ten hits here.’ I knew all of these endings.”
The former Rob Zombie guitarist shocked his bandmates with his intimate knowledge of their shows and their on-stage routines.
However, he doesn’t have any regrets about his preparation.
He said: “They looked at me like I had the memory of a crazy elephant. I knew their show so well because I didn’t want to be nervous.”
John was a fan of the ‘Home Sweet Home’ rockers before he joined the band and thinks that their fans will appreciate his efforts.
He said: “I did it every day for months. I wanted to play those solos exactly as they were written.
“Those solos are so important to me as a fan, and they’re so important to the audience.”
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