Perhaps one of the most underappreciated guitarists in metal today – John 5 has staked his claim to fame as the power behind the behemoth sound of Rob Zombie but this summer he has a new solo album coming out. Titled Invasion, it will be landing later this year but to stoke fan interest – the first single and accompanying video from the album is upon us. Titled ZOINKS! – it’s a fun animated romp that features John and his band literally playing in the hands of The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Did you catch the little cameo by Nikki Sixx? How could you miss it? That wasn’t the only surprise in the clip – read on for the press release that holds a few other secrets.

From the Press Release:

JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – released a brand new music video for the new track “Zoinks!” yesterday, January 1! The full video – featuring an innovative blend of classic 2D hand drawn animation, 3D computer generated imagery and a live action performance – clocks in at just over eight minutes. In the tradition of Scooby Doo and Groovie Goolies, the video is written and directed by Disney animator Brett Boggs (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), with live footage shot by Matt Zane.

As previously announced, the video features a cameo from Nikki Sixx voice acting as himself, as well as additional voice acting from Susan Olsen (known for her role as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch), and Fred Coury. Coury also is credited for scoring the video alongside JOHN 5.  Just like 2017’s Season of the Witch, Invasion – produced and mixed by Barry Pointer and scheduled for release during the summer of 2019 – will be entirely released via a series of music videos. Now that “Zoinks!” has been unleashed to the world,JOHN 5 is announcing the release dates for his next two music videos. JOHN 5 adds that his new album will feature a very special guest. He says, “My new album will be out this coming summer, and will feature a very secret, special guest that I will reveal in the coming weeks. Up first, on February 1, we’ll release the next music video for the track “Crank It”. Then, on March 1, we’ll release the video sequel to “Zoinks!”, for the track entitled “I Am John 5”. This video, like “Zoinks!”, will also be animated and directed by Brett Boggs.”JOHN 5 adds that the “Crank It” video is directed by Israel Perez and produced by Nicole Hatley, with art direction by Cody Varona. Wardrobe and masks are provided by Forgotten Saints LA, with additional masks by Scott Blake. Stay tuned for more details on the new music videos and new album, coming soon.

John 5 And The Creatures head out on tour in February – with a stop in Akron Ohio – at The Empire Concert Club on March 10th. If you haven’t yet picked up your ticket to be in that crowd – CLICK HERE and I’ll see you there!