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John 5 Shares His Origin Story in New Video, “Land Of The Misfit Toys”


Guitar savant John 5 continues to promote his new album, Sinner, which came out last Friday, October 29 via Big Machine Records.

Following the previous single, “Qué Pasa,” featuring guest vocals from Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Mr. 5 has now released a video for “Land of the Misfit Toys,” the title of which invokes creepy imagery appropriate for the season. The clip serves as an origin story, of sorts, for how a young John Lowery became the man we all know as John 5.

Lowery / 5 explains of the song and video:

“‘Land Of The Misfit Toys’ is my favorite track on the record. It’s a real epic and the longest track on the new album. I was watching a documentary on David Foster and how he would produce, arrange and build songs which really influenced me on the arrangement and production of this track.

“The camera that was used to film the video for ‘Land Of The Misfit Toys‘ was the same camera that was used to film the new ‘Matrix‘ movie that is coming out in December, which is pretty cool. The video tells the story of the 10 year old John Lowery (played by my producer’s son), who stumbles into this haunted house and becomes possessed by an entity that causes him to start playing guitar and wearing the makeup. At the end of the video, he fully becomes John 5. Everybody knows that I’m a big fan of horror so this was a really fun video to make alongside director Chantal Savage.”

Have a watch below. Order Sinner here.

John 5 recently announced he would not be joining Yngwie Malmsteen on tour this fall as planned due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

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