Johnny was a member of The Kids in the late 80s and until their dissolution in the summer of 1984.
It was with this band that moved from South Florida to Los Angeles in search of fortune.
The The Kids began as The Kydz, toward the goal 'of 78, as you can see from this article saved from an early member of the group, Thu Ardizzola:
The very first training was this:
* Bruce Witkin - bass, keyboards and lead singer
* Bill "Beano" Hanti - drums
* Mitch Brownstein (aka Perry) - keyboards, guitar and sometimes singer
* Thu (George) Ardizzola - leading guitar and occasionally singing
Mitch Perry briefly recalls the early days of the Kids in this 1986 article of Guitar Magazine:
Since 1980, the Kids were a house band, it also made a name in the music scene in South Florida.
Later joined (in chronological order): Mark, Joey Malone (who remained in the band until its dissolution), Cosmo, and George Mazzola, as well as' a
keyboardist Larry Dermer.L 'Johnny ambition was to become a member of the band and become', made after a hearing for them.
He became the guitarist guide towards the end of 1980.
The formation of this period was undoubtedly the most stable and successful career of the band:
* Bruce Witkin - bass and vocals
* Johnny Depp - guitar guide
* Joey Malone - guitar and backing vocals
* Bill "Beano" Hanti - drums
(Contrary to the article of The Big Bopper teen magazine shown below, Johnny was not really considered to be a singer and therefore its contribution vowel was always minimal).
Usually played in clubs like The Treehouse and The Agora, and opened concerts for names like Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Iggy Pop, The B-52s, and A Flock Of Seagulls. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Johnny also mentions that he found in Atlanta and he also played for the opening of Chuck Berry. Their sound was like "new wave / pop blend," which he described Johnny with a little 'imagination as "something between The Clash and U2" or "U2 mixed with The Sex Pistols."
Johnny mentions The Kids in the output of 24 January 2008 on the Rolling Stone:
The band recorded at least 5 demo:
* Tell Me What You Want
* Maybe Someday
* Time To Explain
* Backstage Girl
* I Wanna Be Me
I Wanna Be Me b / w Time To Explain was published by the "Air records" as a single. Both songs were written by Bruce Witkin.
They were also known to do the following songs live:
* I Do not Care (K-102 show 10/17/81)
* Time Is The Key (K-102 show 17/10/81)
(These two songs were released on the album K-102 Homegrown Rock Festival Album)
* Can not Believe It's True (WSHE show '81; Sheila Witkin benefits 01/28/07)
* Gonna Love Ya (WSHE show '81)
* My Time Has Come (WSHE show '81)
* Make Up Your Mind (The Agora, date unknown, as seen on Bravo Profiles)
* The Man That Knows Too Much (28/01/07 Sheila Witkin benefits, also appears on the compilation CD given to show
Johnny is credited with having written the following songs for Kids, according to the 1989 biography of Randi Reisfeld's 1989
* Everything I Need
* Nothin 'For Nothin'
* Backdoor Girl [sic]
(You are not able to confirm that Johnny actually made these songs, and even though the song to which it relates in the biography Reisfeld
Others, like "Backdoor Girl" is the one currently known as "Backstage Girl.")
On 13 December 1983 he moved to Los Angeles, following the advice of Don Ray, their promoters, and had some success. But competition was fierce and between the fact that Johnny got his first role in A Nightmare On Elm Street and the fact that other members of the band
left Los Angeles, the group disbanded in July 1984.
In 1985, probably while Johnny was filming Private Resort in Florida, The Kids reunited for a show at the Button South in Hallandale.
Jimmy Gambone replaced Joey Malone on guitar for that show. Still in 1985, the song Time To Explain was included in the movie "The Legend Of Billie Jean. "
Here is a segment of the closing credits of the film
They gathered (perhaps) in 1996 (during the filming of Donnie Brasco) and dinuovo 2002.
On January 28, 2007 Bruce, Joey, Beano and Johnny got together once again for a special performance of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert held in Pompano Beach, Florida. Sheila Witkin was a manager and the hidden force behind a significant number of the major bands that played in South Florida between 70 and 80.
Sheila died in 2006, and this concert held in his honor was a tribute to her and a way to raise money for charity, so near and dear to Sheila when he was alive.
A young local band called Blank Tape started the show, playing a large repertoire, aided by the daughter of Bruce Witkin, Veronica.
After a nice performance by Charlie Pickett, Critical Mass, Z-Cars, Slyder, and Tight Squeeze (The Cichlids unfortunately were not able to
participate), as beautiful as a special performance by Tomey Sellars with a video montage, The Kids took the stage and played for 2 hours,
repertoire, both original pieces that cover famous.
Towards the end of the exhibition, The Romantics joined them, and so other members of other bands. The great success earned him more than $ 30,000 for " the Dan Marino Foundation "and" the Sheila Witkin Foundation . "
(Look at the Photo Gallery for photos)
The show and the music scene in South Florida on which was based the show itself became material for an upcoming documentary called
"Another Night At The Agora."
The trailer is now online (see below) and additional information about the documentary should be out soon!
Some scans of the show (the manuscripts of songs, some signed ..)
text I can not believe
text of Precious
Text 2 Precious
Some information about the charities named in the show:
* The Dan Marino Foundation
* Chabad Of Mt Olympus (part of "the Sheila Witkin Foundation")
The Dan Marino Foundation
In 1989, the reporter Randi Reisfeld of 16 Magazine wrote an early biography on Johnny which includes the story of The Kids
Here are some magazine blurbs mentioning Describing and The Kids ...
* March 1988 YM
* Sept. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 1
* Sept. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 2
* Sept. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 3
* Oct. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 1
* Oct. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 2
* Oct. 1988 Bop: Bruce and Suzanne Witkin p. 3
* Sept. 1988 Big Bopper The Kids on p. 1
* Sept. 1988 Big Bopper The Kids on p. 2
* April 1990 Interview (with John Waters) excerpts
* Nov. 2004 Empire blurb on The Kids
* July 13, 2006 Rolling Stone excerpt 1
* July 13, 2006 Rolling Stone excerpt 2
(The biography of Randi Reisfeld.)
SIX GUN METHOD
After moving to Los Angeles, the kids decided to change their name to Six Gun Method.
In any case, did not stay together long after their move to Los Angeles!
* Summer 1989 Dream Guys mention
On 22 August 2008, Johnny, Joey, Bruce and Beano were interviewed by Paul and Young Ron Morning Show in Miami's Big 105.9 FM radio station to promote a couple of shows for the second edition of Sheila Witkin Memorial Concert August 29 and 30, 2008.
Concerts resoero tribute to Sheila Witkin, as well as musicians Bruno Martinez and George Mazzola, who died recently. George Mazzola was once a member of The Kids. Some of his relics were sold at auction, including signed guitars and football shirts, whose proceeds went to the Dan Marino Foundation.
Here are the scans of the event:
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