JOHN 5 On New MÖTLEY CRÜE Material: ‘Everybody’s Just Killing It’

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John 5, the guitarist for MÖTLEY CRÜE, had a chat with Meltdown from Detroit’s WRIF radio station regarding three new songs that he and his bandmates recorded earlier this year.

They worked with the renowned producer Bob Rock on these tracks, which includes “Dogs Of War” and a rendition of BEASTIE BOYS“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).”

“I don’t know when it’s gonna come out, but everything is a plan,” John 5 said. “Everything is mapped out and structured, and everything is, ‘We’re gonna do it here and there,’ and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. So the songs are recorded, mixed, mastered. And they’re so good. I can’t wait for them to come out. They’re so good. I’m really excited about ’em.”

“Who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know if we’ll just release singles or an album. It’s up to those guys, so I don’t know. We just record and see what happens. But these songs that we recorded are so good; they’re heavy and the melodies and everybody’s just killing it on these songs.”

When asked about his level of involvement in the songwriting process, John 5 responded: “We all sat in a room and did it together. ‘Cause me and Nikki [SixxMÖTLEY CRÜE bassist] have written for years and years and years together. So it was nothing new. And me and Tommy [LeeMÖTLEY CRÜE drummer] worked in the studio together many times as well. So it was nothing new being in the studio, but it was new with Bob Rock.

“What was so wild was we got in a room… It was like total old school, man,” he explained. “You get in the live room and there’s my amp and there’s Nikki‘s amp and there’s Tommy‘s drums, there’s a mic… ‘Cause I’m so used to just playing in the control room. And it’s, like, ‘Oh no, no, no. We’re all gonna get in this room and we’re gonna play.’ And that’s how we recorded. It was incredible. I’ve never recorded that way. And it was maybe one of the best experiences I had recording. It was so fun. It was a blast. I had to, like, make notes and all this stuff, and we just played through it. It was incredible.”

Hot off the heels of the biggest North American stadium tour of 2022 with more than 1.3 million tickets sold, iconic and celebrated rock legends MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD continue their 2023 co-headline “The World Tour” with the announcement of three exclusive Australian dates.

“After getting back on the road this past summer, we’re beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience including some special dates in Australia!” Joe Elliott of DEF LEPPARD comments.

“We had an incredible time playing ‘The Stadium Tour’ in North America and we truly can’t wait to continue taking the show around the globe with ‘The World Tour’ in 2023. Crüeheads get ready because we have a few amazing Australian dates set for you!” MÖTLEY CRÜE adds.

MÖTLEY CRÜE remains a huge global draw 41 years into their career and, in the summer of 2022 co-headlined a nearly sold out North American stadium tour with DEF LEPPARD. The tour will continue to travel to stadiums around the world throughout 2023 with John 5 on guitar as they push the limits of live performance.

With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees DEF LEPPARD — Joe Elliott (vocals),Phil Collen (guitar),Rick Savage (bass),Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike.

MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD Australian tour dates are as follows:

November 08 – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium
November 11 – Sydney – Giants Stadium
November 14 – Melbourne – Marvel Stadium