Sin City Presents Magazine February 2019 Volume 6 Issue 2 - Page 36

More with Johnny Dee

So I like the challenge of it as well. They had some really great songs which are fun to play. And the guys in my band are all such good players and people so I dig spending time with them. Seeing the reactions of INXS fans is the best though! We’ve met so many new friends and cool people… it’s a beautiful thing to help keep that music out there. The tribute scene has exploded due to the time we live in and many of the greats not being around anymore. And also, because many people can’t afford to see the originals if they are still touring!

As for the performance part…or recreating covers, I like to approach it to try and stay true to the original while adding a bit of my own style. Even in DORO…if it’s (for example) an older Doro (or Warlock) song that I did not originally play on, technically, it IS a cover! So, again, I keep the best “bits” and add a few of my own. Some covers can take some work just to get the right feel…or can be more difficult technically, which I always see as a cool challenge. Whether I’m playing or watching someone else, I like to hear certain signature fills or beats played true to the original. Unless of course, you’re doing a completely different take on a song…then it’s cool to do whatever’s necessary to make it work.

CV: Unfortunately, artists come and go in this business. It just seems to be the nature of the beast. Have you ever thought about quietly walking away from music and going off somewhere to do something completely different? And if so, what would that “something different” be?

JD: I like to dabble in a lot of stuff in addition to music…drawing & painting, photography, graphic design, travel, cooking, nature, fitness…so, it would have to satisfy me creatively and of course, provide a bit of income. It could also be within the music field as a tour manager or doing bookings, etc. Or possibly just running a solar powered Bed & Breakfast in the Swiss Alps where I could ride my bike, take pictures and paint all day! Hahaha!

CV: Everyone is on the merchandise craze. Fans love to be able to take a piece of their favorite rock star home with them. You have a incredibly unique piece of merchandise now available to the fans. What’s it feel like to have your very own official action figure?

JD: Ha! Well, it’s not really an action figure…but still super cool to have! It’s a 3D printed figure with no moving parts, quite delicate, but still awesome. The company is called “Staramba” based in Germany, and you can check them out on the web:

CV: With so many bands reforming and the carrousel of old and new members revolving, would you ever consider a potential offer to join an established American-based band?

JD: Sure. Is Metallica hiring? ☺

CV: If you had to name the one-character trait that has kept you going all these years, what would it be?

JD: Narcissism? Hahahaha

CV: Doro released a new, 2-disc CD last August, “Forever Warriors, Forever United.” What are some highlights from the new album?

JD: Yes, 25 songs…a double album. It is packed with Doro goodness, positivity and uplifting Rock and Metal anthems. And as with every Doro CD, the more sensitive and soulful (sometimes sad) side of the spectrum is represented as well, which is very important to her and I feel has always set her apart. There are a ton of special guests on there as always.

I enjoyed hearing an ‘ol Philly bud, Doug Aldrich lay some bad ass solos on a track called “Heartbroken” over my drum tracks. We’ve known each other for over 30 years… jammed a bunch of times but never did a recording together. So now we finally have one, haha, even though we were never in the same room together! One of the amazing things you can accomplish with technology these days… collaborating across the globe by internet.

The record really covers a wide variety and I think the true fans will love it while also having “something for everybody”, if they are checking out Doro for the first time. It did quite well in the German charts the first weeks of release and the first leg of the tour went amazingly well in Germany last December. We had quite a few sold-out shows and performing the new songs was fun.