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The Rock-itt : December 2010
nine song serving including such tunes as 'Didn’t Tell The Man', 'Shake Some Action', 'California Sun' 'King of the Surf' and finishing with a cover 'LA Women'. I asked singer Johnny Kannis to fill us in about the night and about the future of the Hitmen and here’s what he had to say: The Psychotic Turnbuckle who made a quick appearance was The Unknown. The Grand Wizard was also in the room, ready to jump in but we’d run out of room to fit everyone and their amps on stage! He was happy to stay in the Green Room with the Geisha Girls (his escorts for the night) he ordered on his rider. I managed the Buckles for quite a few years, so they’re part of the Hitmen extended family. They’re always ready to wrestle with us on their trips back from Pizmo Beach. Brad Shepherd played guitar and wrote a few songs on our first two Hitmen albums but when I returned from the USA to promote “It Is What It Is” release, he had split to join Le Hoodoo Gurus. He’s always stayed in touch and kept up with what the Hitmen are doing – (his brother Murray and ex Fun Things drummer is our drummer) Brad got up and played a few songs with us at the Gaelic Theatre earlier this year during the Niagara tour and we had so much fun, we wanted him to do it again! We would have been happy if he played the whole set with us! The Jets Club night was a farewell of sorts to Chris, who’s moving to Spain next year. He’s connecting with French band The Outside for a Euro Tour in Feb 2011 and has already begun speaking to people for a possible Hitmen European tour, late 2011. Hopefully we’ll head overtojoinhimforamonthorso– fans from all over Europe have been wanting us to get there for years. Chris knows the circuit fairly well from touring with Radio Birdman and, with him based in Europe, it will be easier to get some Hitmen tours up and running. W e’re really keen to get to Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Greece etc – we’re getting a lot of interest from Promoters in those Countries. Hitmen shows in Australia will be rare next year but they WILL happen!! I’m just not sure when! W e will eventually record new songs as well. The Jets Club night was also a launch of our upcoming compilation CD of demos and live rarities from our earlier years from 78 to 79. It’s called “Dancin’ Time’ 78-79” (the first song we did in the set) and it follows up the several double CD compilations we put out last year. It should be out before Christmas on Dave Laing’s label Savage Beat through Shock Records.Chris has just finished mixing his new album and will be putting it out early next year. I’m in the middle of recording my debut solo album, which I’m recording and producing with Juke (Hitmen guitarist Tony Jukic). The Kid will also be playing bass on it! It’s a mixture of originals and covers. Some of the songs are ones I’ve had rattling around in my head for years, ones I wrote with Juke in The Johnny Kannis Explosion. It’s quite different to the Hitmen but still rockin!! There’s also a few surprising covers, including an Elvis and Johnny Cash song. We’re mixing it at my brother Sammy K’s studio. Once we get the first single done, we’ll get a new band on the road to promote the Cd. Meanwhile, Muzz (Hitmen drummer Murray Shepherd) has another band called the Ride Ons who play fairly regularly and we got talking about doing some shows together for fun. So when we get to the live shows in March, it will be the Ride Ons as they are now, with me on vocals and Juke on guitar. The other guys all keep busy with other bands. The Kid (Hitmen guitarist Tony Robertson) plays regularly in Melbourne with the Little Murders and Juke plays every other weekend with his band, The Swinging Sixties. For information about the Hitmen visit www.hitmendtk.com 214 Warringah Road Beacon Hill NSW 2100 PH: 9451 6653 Workshop : 9975 2771 KINIAN MOTORS If you need a reliable fair priced mechanic for your car, you can’t go past Kinian Motors. For rego, brakes, services, tyres and mufflers, drop in and see Big John for the best deals in town.