Sin City Presents Magazine February 2017 Volume 4 Issue 2 - Page 37

I know a couple of your influencers include Jimmy Page and Al DiMeola… who are some of your other musical influences?

My early influences were Carole King, The Monkees and Elton John. Later was Kiss, Cheap Trick. Guitar wise I’d say Steve Stevens, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Randy Rhoads, Russ Freeman.

Everyone including musicians sometimes struggle with motivation… what motivates you?

My wife! (Lol) Seriously! Dana was the first person I met when I moved to Las Vegas. I was extremely lazy, did not wanna do anything. She has always been brutally honest with me and that's what I love most about her. She got me off the couch and out of the house, introduced me to the right people etc. I've played over 1,500 shows since moving here. That's largely due to her.

That’s awesome! You’re a lucky man Johnny Roxx!

For our gear fanatics tell us a little bit about your gear and some of your preferences.

Honestly, my gear is kind of a joke. I use bare-bones/old school stuff. A 1x12 Peavey combo amp is my main rig. I play B.C. Rich guitars. You know, I use to have the room of amps The EVH stack, Hughes & Kettner, etc. One day I got this 1x12 as a practice amp and set it up in there. It sounded better than anything I had so it became my live rig. It's crazy! I did a show with Pat Benatar and her husband (guitarist Neil Giraldo) came over to me and said "Your stuff sounds better than mine". Brad Gillis also tripped out on my 1x12. When I opened for Night Ranger he insisted that I was hiding secret gear around the stage. He was actually looking under the drum riser! That made me feel really good. I work super hard on tone, sitting in front of my speakers for hours on end. I've learned though that tone comes from within you more than the gear. It's about attitude and delivery, not about how many pedals you own.

Lastly, you and your wife Dana are BIG supporters of the AIDS Walk here in Las Vegas, can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved, what your fundraising goals are this year and where our readers can find Team ROXX to join you in the walk or sponsor your team?

Dana started doing AIDS Walk because she has, has always had, dear friends in the LGBTQ community. She put together Team ROXX, which is comprised of local musicians and music fans, and has done the Aid For AIDS of Nevada Annual AIDS Walk for six years now. They try to raise as much money as they can to help support the costs of medical assistance, meals, and research for a cure; not only for the LGBTQ community, but the 1000s of men, women and children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Clark County. We set our team fundraising goal at $2500 this year. You can help us reach that goal by making a donation to Team ROXX

WOW! Good stuff Johnny! Thank you again for taking some time out for us and our readers! Keep on rockin’ brother! We'll see you on stage in Sin City soon! Keep us posted on your upcoming release, too.

Thanks for having me, "Sin City" Presents...!!

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