Johnny Crash (band)
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Labels||WTG, Columbia, Suncity|
|Associated acts||Tokyo Blade
Guns N' Roses
|Past members||Christopher Stewart
Stephen "Punky" Adamo
Johnny Crash was a heavy metal band, formed in 1987. Members originally included former Tokyo Blade singer Vick Wright (Vicki James Wright), former Champaign guitarists Christopher Stewart and August Worchell, bassist Andy Rogers, and former Rock City Angels drummer Stephen "Punkee" Adamo.
Their sound was likened to that of AC/DC and contemporaries Junkyard, Rhino Bucket and The Four Horsemen. In 1990, the band released their first album, Neighbourhood Threat, featuring Vicki James Wright (vocals), August Worchell (guitar and backing vocals), Christopher Stewart (guitar and backing vocals), Stephen "Punky" Adamo (drums) and Terry Nails (Tommy Tutone, Steve Jones, Ozzy Osbourne) (bass). The band, with Andy Rogers on bass, toured for a short time with bands such as Mötley Crüe and Pretty Maids. The single "Hey Kid" became a minor hit and its video received some rotation on MTV
Guitarist J.J. Bolt and then-future Guns N' Roses members Dizzy Reed and Matt Sorum joined the band to replace Worchell and Adamo. However, before the second album could be released Johnny Crash were dropped by their record label, and Chris suggested moving to Europe. Vicki disagreed and the band split up.
In 1992, bassist Andy Rogers died of a heroin overdose.
In 2007, an interview with Vicki James Wright stated that the then unreleased album, now titled Unfinished Business, will come out on Suncity Records sometime "soon". In 2008, Unfinished Business was released on Suncity Records.
Vicki James Wright has since gone back to his original name, Vick Wright. He released his first novel titled South of the Pole through midnightpressbooks.com in 2007.
- Christopher Stewart - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1985-1992)
- Vick Wright - lead vocals (1985-1992)
- Stephen "Punkee" Adamo - drums (1985–1991)
- August Worchell - lead guitar, backing vocals (1985-1991)
- Terry Nails - bass guitar (1985-1990)
- Andy Rogers - bass guitar (1990-1992; died 1992)
- J.J. Bolt - lead guitar, backing vocals (1991-1992)
- Dizzy Reed - keyboards (1991-1992)
- Matt Sorum - drums (1991-1992)
In 2010, Vick Wright wrote and directed the short film entitled "White Trash Noir" produced by Vick Wright's boutique film company, Vicktory Films. He won the "Best Director for a short or feature" award for "White Trash Noir" at the AOF Festival in Pasadena, CA in 2011 and the award for "Best Horror Film" at the Action On Film International Film Festival 2013 for his first feature film, "To Hell With A Bullet".
"To Hell With A Bullet" is a low budget feature film scheduled for release in 2014. The film is about a washed-up rock singer who makes a deal with a mysterious doctor who promises to return his voice to its prime, with horrifying consequences. Wright is influenced in this production by the late, Rod Serling (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery)along with a modern take on Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected".
The next production for his film company will be the feature length version of "White Trash Noir", which is scheduled to go into pre-production sometime in 2014. Wright has also penned the script for his 2007 novel, "South of the Pole" which is rumored to go into production in early 2015.