John 5 Reveals How Rob Zombie Reacted To Him Joining Mötley Crüe

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Last year, Mick Mars provided a statement saying he was retiring from touring with Mötley Crüe; not long after this news came out though, it was announced that former Rob Zombie member John 5 was joining the band as their guitarist.

While there has been a lot of news lately regarding John 5 and Mötley Crüe, as well as what’s going on between the band and Mars, many have wondered where John and Zombie’s relationship stands. Did John leave Zombie’s bands on good terms? Well, we now have an answer.

During a recent conversation on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, John 5 spoke about how he came to join Mötley Crüe, sharing how he has been friends with Nikki Sixx for a long time and how one day Sixx approached him with an offer to play guitar in the band. At one point, John then shares how he approached Zombie with this news; he says that he was very excited about this opportunity to play with Mötley Crüe, but he was also somewhat nervous to bring up this news to Zombie. Here is what John 5 had to say about talking to Rob Zombie about joining the band (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“The hard part was telling Rob [Zombie], because we never had a negative word between us. And he’s my buddy and we made great music and great live shows together for 17 years, and we never really had a problem. But I was thinking to myself, I was, like, ‘Life is short.’ And I’m being completely honest with you — ‘Life is short. I wanna experience as much as I can in life.’ And I was thinking about myself. And I was, like, ‘I wanna do this for me, because I’m 51 years old’ at the time, and I was, like, ‘I wanna do this. I want to experience this.’ How many times do you get a new chapter in your life at this magnitude later in life?

“And I talked to Rob, and he understood. Rob is a smart, rational person. I mean, he wasn’t psyched, but he understood. And I think that was amazing of him. And he was just, like, ‘Go get ’em.’ He was fine about it. And then they got [Mike] Riggs, who I think is a great addition. That’s who he was using when Rob did the early solo records, and I think it’s a great addition. And they’re kicking ass.”

John 5 then goes on to provide some additional details regarding his conversation with Zombie:

“I told Rob before it got out in the press. But I agreed to Nikki. And I called Rob and I said, ‘This is what’s happening.’ And we did a show, Louder Than Life, together, and that was my last show [with Rob] in Kentucky. And then they got Riggs and were rehearsing with him and did the Aftershock show.

“And then it was announced — my time frame is not great, but then I believe it was announced a little bit after that. But it was no bad blood or anything; it wasn’t anything bad; it wasn’t dramatic or anything. And Rob was super cool. He was, like, ‘Hey, I get it.’ He was cool about it.”

It makes sense that Zombie would be bummed out losing John 5 in his band, but it’s also cool to hear that he is ultimately happy for his friend. What do you make of John 5 being in Mötley Crüe?

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