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John 5: Roth album sounds like old Van Halen

Guitarist hopes record he made with vocalist will see the light of day

John 5 says the album he has recorded with David Lee Roth sound like "old Van Halen."

The pair recorded the as-yet-untitled album last year and, so far, there are no plans for it to be released. But Rob Zombie collaborator 5 insists it's a "great" piece of work and says he hopes Roth puts the record out at some point.

John 5 tells Guitar Player: "I know one thing – Dave loves the record. But he's doing Van Halen, which is doing great too. So we'll see what happens in the future. It's old Van Halen. It sounds like Could This Be Magic? It's just that sound, that tone.

"The songs are so good, they're really great."

John 5 and Roth previously worked together on the DLR Band album, but the guitarist says this latest record ended up being terrifying thanks to some last-minute changes.

He adds: "We did it without a click track, because he wanted that natural feel. Then he wanted to get drums on and some percussion, and the engineer was, like, 'Well, we're really gonna need click.'

"I'm leaving for a tour with Zombie in 40 hours. So Dave called me and he said, 'John, you've gotta come in and record the whole record again.' We're talking overdubs, harmonies, everything. 

"He says, 'You've gotta come in and redo these guitars on the whole record.' Anybody else, I'd be, like, 'You crazy,' but it's Diamond Dave, and so I was, like, 'Okay.'"

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