There’s Gonna Be a Showdown at The Zoo

Fresh from their barnstorming support to their mates The Beasts (ex-Beasts of Bourbon) earlier this year, The Johnnys are returning to Brisbane for a headliner of their own at The Zoo on Saturday, July 13.

They’ll be joined by Brisbane hometown heroes Mick Medew and the Mesmerisers, packing their new album “Open Season”, and hard rocking fellow locals Lovejoy. Pre-sale tickets are available on oztix.com.au

The Johnnys formed in Sydney in 1982 when basset guitarist Graham Hood tried out for the Hoodoo Gurus after quitting the Allniters. He met Hoodoo Gurus’ guitarist Roddy Ray’da and, with drummer Billy Pommer Jr, they formed The Johnnys, playing their first show at Palms Disco on Oxford Street in Sydney.

New Zealand-born Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and the four-piece released their single “I Think You’re Cute” in October on Regular Records. Ray’da left and was replaced by Slim Doherty. The Johnnys then signed with independent label Green Records before joining major imprint Mushroom.

The Johnnys quickly became Australia’s hardest working band. Their live shows – on stages crammed with hay-bales and a fridge – were the stuff of legend. The Johnnys racked up eight singles and three albums, playing almost every pub and club the length and breadth of Australia and convening an instant party wherever they went.

After seven years, thousands of kilometres and innumerable demolished backstage riders, The Johnnys were Australia’s indisputable, rough riding champions of cowpunk before the members moved on to other things.

They never really broke up for good, however, and with the passing of Spencer P Jones, they’ve re-activated as a trio, gigging extensively around Australia and New Zealand.

The Johnnys are Graham Hood (bass and vocals), Slim Doherty (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr (drums.)

 

 

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