John Lowery (born July 31, 1971 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan) is the real name of a performer and guitarist known as John 5, who is an ex-member of rock & roll bands Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth Band, Two, country music singer k.d. lang and is currently the guitarist for Rob Zombie. He has been married to Aria Giovanni since the summer of 2005.
John 5 has recorded two solo albums. His solo material is a mixture of hard rock, progressive bluegrass, and country music. His second solo album, Songs For Sanity, features guest appearances by Albert Lee and the award winning Steve Vai. John 5 is also close friends with Steve Vai who has been quoted as saying "John 5 is an underrated guitar giant. It's rare to hear a musician fuse various styles and create a unique blend and brand all of his own. It takes balls, but that's what's needed to be truly original." John 5 has also done a short movie called God Is Closed Vol. 1. Originally available on his official website, the film can now be purchased on the Japanese version of "Vertigo", available from the official site store. A clip of "God is Closed" is also available to see on John 5's MySpace page.. John 5 has also recorded music for some TV commercials and video games.
He went to Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia.
In 2005 John 5 played guitar for Rob Zombie during Ozzfest 2005 and also recorded eight out of eleven tracks on the "Educated Horses" album which was released on Geffen Records in 2006. Due to conflicting commitments between John's band "Loser" and "Rob Zombie", John moved over to playing for Zombie full time in early 2006. Although John 5 had hoped that Loser would be able to find a temporary guitarist during conflicting tour dates, record company Island Records, decided to drop Loser altogether from their record label. "Being the founding member of Loser, my decision to leave was not an easy one," states John 5. "I've been juggling two careers both with Loser and Rob Zombie for over 1 year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once."
The same year John also worked with KISS frontman Paul Stanley on Stanley's second solo album, which will be released in 2006.
John 5 has also worked with Meat Loaf and Nikki Sixx on Meat Loaf's up and coming new album, Bat out Of Hell III : The Monster's Loose! Following a project with Canadian Artist FeFe Dobson.
Rob Zombie is directing a documentary for his new tour, in which John will be a part of. The DVD will come with a Live Concert CD as well.
On his official website it is said that he is in the writing stages of a new album, and an instructional video.
It is official news that the title of his new album will be: "The Devil Knows My Name"
In 2004, Fender introduced the John 5 Telecaster guitar. Designed in collaboration with John in Scottsdale, Arizona and built at Fender's own manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Mexico. The guitar comes in two models: the standard J5 Telecaster and the upscaled J5 Bigsby Telecaster. In an interview with Vintage Guitar Magazine, John had this to say about the origin of this guitar: