Australian country punk (cowpunk) band The Johnnys will finish up a five date New Zealand tour with a concert at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe this month.
Kiwi-born Graham Hood (bass and vocals), Slim Doherty (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr (drums) hope to repeat the barnstorming shows that they performed at NZ venues such as The Gluepot back in the 1980s.
It’s The Johnnys’ first tour of New Zealand for three decades and will serve as a tribute to seriously ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones, who won’t be crossing the Tasman.
Graham says after so long away, it’s great to be back in New Zealand and reconnecting with everyone.
“Full-length sets, a whole lot of fun and some very talented local opening acts. See you there,” he says,
The Johnnys’ 1986 album Highlights Of A Dangerous Life was a runaway success in New Zealand, staying in the NZ Album Top 20 charts for 10 weeks, thanks to popular tracks such as Bleeding Heart, Injun Joe, and (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown.
The band formed in Sydney in 1982 and played their first show at Palms Disco in Oxford Street.
Subsequently, The Johnnys racked up eight singles and three albums, and played the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand.
A successful show at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, to mark the closing of the long-running music venue, inspired the Johnnys to embark on a New Zealand tour.
The Johnnys will be supported at the Leigh Sawmill concert by The Bads. The show takes place on Sunday, September 30, at 4.30pm.