Chad Kroeger got a sneak peek at John 5’s Motley Crue Guitar Chops

This week, Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger praise the newly minted Motley Crue tour member John 5‘s guitar prowess when it comes to playing the enduring hair metal band’s classic tracks.

Two weeks ago Motley Crue founding guitarist Mick Mars revealed that he would retire from touring with the group. Subsequently, Crue announced that John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper) would take his place their upcoming tour.

But before then, Kroeger got a sneak peek at what he called John 5’s “flawless” Motley Crue guitar chops on a Mexican vacation to celebrate the Crue drummer Tommy Leebirthday. The Nickelback singer-guitarist said so 101 WRIF this week.

“John is incredible,” Kroeger said. “He brought his guitar [with him to Mexico]. Because we were there for … five days. So on one of the evenings John took out a guitar. And many people were going to bed. And it was like, John and Tommy and myself.” (via Blabbermouth)

The Nickelback frontman continued: “Now I’m allowed to say that he’s going to fill in for Mick for the rest of the tour. And then he just sat there and played every single Motley Crue riff ever written and recorded flawlessly. Flawlessly . You don’t have to put music on when you’ve got that kind of talent just sitting there. I mean, he just ran the gamut and it was amazing.”

However, Kroger did not let the situation go to his head. “It’s really weird being friends with Tommy though, and [Motley Crue bassist] Nikki [Sixx] shows up,” he added. “So there’s Tommy and Nikki there. … The 13-year-old fanboy in me—I try to suppress it, push it down. [Laughs]

See Motley Crue’s 2023 tour dates below. Get tickets here.

Chad Kroeger on 101 WRIF – Nov. 9, 2022

Motley Crue 2023 Tour Dates

February 18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Sol
February 21 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Estadio Banorte
February 25 – Bogota, Colombia @ Parque Simon Bolivar
February 28 – Lima, Peru @ Estadio Nacional
March 3 – Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Bicentenario
March 7 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
March 9 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Estadio Couto Pereira
March 11 – Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Arena Gremio
May 22 – Sheffield, England @ Bramall Lane
May 25 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Sparkassen
May 27 – Munich, Germany @ Koenigsplatz
May 29 – Budapest, Hungary @ MVM Dome
May 31 – Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena
June 2 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Prague Rocks
June 3 – Hannover, Germany @ Expo Plaza
June 7 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock
June 9 – Hyvinkaa, Finland @ RockFest
June 11 – Trondheim, Norway @ Trondheim Rocks
June 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhagen
June 18 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
June 20 – Milan, Italy @ Ippodromo
June 23 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Passeio Maritimo
June 24 – Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain @ Auditorio Rios
June 27 – Thun, Switzerland @ Stockhorn
July 1 – London, England @ Wembley
July 2 – Lytham, England @ Lytham
July 4th – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
July 6 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Hampden Park

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