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Australian Cowpunks The Johnnys Announce New Zealand Tour

Australian Cowpunks The Johnnys Announce New Zealand Tour

Wednesday 27th June, 2018 10:09AM

Australian cowpunk legends The Johnnys are making their long-awaited return to Aotearoa this September for their first national tour in twenty eight years. With a fistful of foot-stomping tunes tucked under their belts, the rough riding band struck gold with their 1986 album Highlights Of A Dangerous Life spurring numerous chart hits in New Zealand and Australia, and party-starting sets at legendary local venues The Gluepot and Warners. The tour is being held in tribute to their ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones (also of Beasts of Bourbon), who sadly won't be crossing the ditch to join the trio of Graham Hood, Slim Doherty and Billy Pommer Jr. They're hitting the dusty trail with five full-length shows lined up around the country, back after a whiplash set at Punk It Up's final King's Arms Tavern event earlier this year. Don't go whistling in the breeze, saddle up for the gigs via the details below...

The Johnnys

Wednesday 26th September - The Cook, Dunedin w/ Bulletproof Convertible
Thursday 27th September - Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Lindon Puffin
Friday 28th September - San Fran, Wellington w/ The Rubberneckers
Saturday 29th September - Galatos, Auckland w/ The Bads
Sunday 30th September (twilight show) - Sawmill, Leigh w/ The Bads

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to The Johnnys' singalong classic tune 'Bleeding Heart'...

Watch a wild vintage clip for their 1986 tune 'There's Gonna Be A Showdown'...

Press release:

The Johnnys barnstorming shows at legendary NZ venues like The Gluepot and Warners back in the 80s made an impenetrable impression. Their 1986 album ‘Highlights Of A Dangerous Life’ was a runaway success in Australia and New Zealand. It was firmly embedded in the NZ Album Top 20 chart, where it remained for 10 weeks, thanks to infectious tracks like Bleeding Heart, Injun Joe, and (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown.

The band – comprising Kiwi-born Graham Hood (bass and vocals), Slim Doherty (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr (drums) - will be knocking out their 2018 NZ tour in the same dynamic fashion.

Says Graham Hood: “After so long away, it will be great to tour New Zealand this Spring and reconnect with everyone. Full-length sets, a whole lot of fun and some very talented local opening acts. See you there!”

The tour also serves a tribute to their very ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones (The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon) who won’t be crossing the Tasman.

The band formed in Sydney in 1982 when Kiwi-born Graham Hood (ex-Normals) 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.

Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and the four-piece released their single "I Think You're Cute", before joining major label Mushroom.

They racked up eight singles and three albums, played the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand – convened an instant party wherever they went – and cemented their place as the indisputable, rough riding champions of cowpunk.

The Johnnys played a blistering 6-song appearance at Punk It Up’s farewell Kings Arms show earlier this year, which proved to be the catalyst for this five-date tour. Of that brief appearance, reviewer Sarah Kidd said: “The audience couldn’t get enough as the mosh pit doubled in intensity for the band who delivered their tracks such as ‘There’s gonna be a Showdown’ and ‘Injun Joe’ to an extremely appreciative audience.”


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