7/12/2019-MUSIC-Live Video of “Sweet Jezebel” at Four Large Men Tribute Show

-This is a performance of the Four Large Men (FLM) song “Sweet Jezebel” by the remaining members of FLM (Roy Coston (COSTON, Lovebone) on Guitar, Mike Merrifield (Dogs on Mars, Joey Belladonna Band) on Drums and Wayne W Johnson (CAROLINE BLUE) on Bass) and Mary Meacham on Vocals (Ardent, DC Strut).

-This was performed at The Oneida American Legion in Oneida, NY on 7/5/2019 at a tribute show for the members of FLM who have passed away including Kevin Meacham, Richard K Richmond and, earlier this year, Jerry Yerman.

-This was performed sans any group rehearsal and Mike, Roy, and Wayne haven’t performed all together in 20 years…doesn’t seem that long does it?

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7/5/2019-MUSIC-Live Performance Tribute Show for Members of Four Large Men Who Have Passed On

-Above is an awesome pic, taken by Freddie Yerman, right after last night’s performance during a tribute show to the original members of the band Four Large Men who have passed away including Richard K Richmond, Kevin Meacham and, earlier this year, Jerry Yerman. Pictured here L. to R. are me (Wayne W Johnson), Mike Merrifield and Roy Coston. The 3 of us, along with Jerry were the second coming of Four Large Men from 1993-1999. Along with vocalist Mary Meacham. (Ardent, DC Strut), the four of us played three songs during a set which included the covers “Heaven & Hell” (Black Sabbath), “The Green Manalishi” (Judas Priest) and FLM’s own “Sweet Jezebel). I have to note that we didn’t rehearse as a band for this so we were a tad loose but things went great and we were well received. I’ll have pics and hopefully video up soon (I know Roy will as well plus others). The three of us haven’t played on the same stage together all at once since 1999 and, while playing, it didn’t seem like 1999 was 20 years ago. Time just keeps marching on…

Pics can be seen on my new Facebook Musician Fan Page via the link below.

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6/29/2019-R.I.P.-The Syracuse New Times

-On June 26, 2019 THE SYRACUSE NEW TIMES published its last paper before heading off into the sunset. Back in the day when I was starting out in music, it was THE place to go to when looking to find out information about where the popular bands were playing in town. A good chunk of that was at THE LOST HORIZON where, back, then, it was the place to play for national acts that weren’t booked in arenas. (ex-include Yngwie Malmsteen, Lita Ford, Cinderella, Type O Negative and so much more-even Guns N Roses before they exploded into superstardom). It was also the place to find other musicians to form bands with-and there were even a lot of articles about local bands and the local music scene as well.

-As time went on, all of those started to decrease to where most of the stuff could be found online. And while Jessica Novak and a few others still did write-ups on local bands, it was more and more shifting to national bands. Remember back in the day when The SNT would actually have reviews of local releases? Of course, in this day and age, newspapers as a whole are taking a hit as more and more of what they do can be found online…and while the New Times was, until this year, a free publication, more people still went online to get their information-mainly (I believe) cause you didn’t have to wait a week to get the info as well as other reasons.

-Earlier this year The New Times decided to not only reformat into a more magazine-like format but also began charging $1.50 per issue. While I don’t claim to know all the reasons for this change, I would say that I believe part of that was just due to not being able to keep up the costs of making a free publication per week. However, it wasn’t too long after this change was done that it was announced that the New Times would cease publication. I’m not sure if it will continue online or just totally cease to exist.

-One interesting tidbit. Back in June of 2011, there was a call by the New Times for bands to come in and have a free photo shoot taken so that they would have pics on file for possible future publication. Of course, I went there to represent my band CAROLINE BLUE The photos were taken by Michael G. Davis and, I believe this is when I first met Jess Novak and even got some pics with her. I did the shoot and remember a lot of “Jazz Hands” poses being involved. 🙂 Not too long after that I asked about getting copies. No reply. I just recently messaged Michael again about them with the news of the New Times going under. No reply. Oh well. Maybe they will surface up at some point…

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6/28/2019-REVIEWS-Three More Video Reviews on “Night of Something Strange”

-It’s been a while but I managed to find three more videos reviews for NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (Hurricane Bridge Entertainment). You can watch them below. I also found out that there’s a topic page for NoSS on YouTube-which you can access by going HERE.

-In addition, if you’d like to see the huge backlog of reviews for NoSS, click HERE.

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5/31/2019-ACTING-Pics/Recap from “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” Now Online

5/25-26/2019 – My last two days filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal.” I rented a car for this and made my way out to East Nassau, NY in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Overall-on all days-filming went by pretty fast. There were a couple of major scenes where it took longer, but everything went great. I got to meet the rest of the cast and everyone involved in this has been wonderful to work with. As you can see from the pics there were three different masks I had to wear. The black one had a habit of tickling my nose. It actually had to be cut off me at one point. They all fit my watermelon/horse head well though 🙂 I was able to not only do some interesting vocal tone changes in this one but was able to add some “spice” to my dialogue as well as things happening in several scenes. Me and actress Jennifer Lefsyk actually teamed up a few times while doing this. I also have to admit I that I did “borrow” a little from some past roles I’ve done for this one 🙂 I spent the night in the changing room-which had been overflowing earlier with women’s clothing- and things were just going pretty quick. I didn’t sleep much all the nights before I had to film-but a little more before the last night. I have to admit to being surprised at the choice of the apron I was told to wear -thanks Dan 🙂 ………. -For me, Saturday was several small scenes and one large action/dialogue scene. I even got to do a little duet singing with Jennifer 🙂 Sunday was similar except it was one larger dialogue scene, one medium dialogue scene, and several smaller ones. In contrast, I believe I was in about 18 smaller ones for my first day alone. The last day is always bittersweet cause things are wrapping but so is all the fun and just fast as it started, it’s over. It was great working with everyone involved in cast & crew on this. Thank to Meigg Marie, Mary Adams, Carolyn Shields, Brynn Alyson, Alonnie Ailligan, Courtney Brown, Sarah Randall, Jaime Jung, Jeff Kirkendall, Kevin Miner, JB Sapienza, Rachael Redolfi, Demon Boy, Vic Sage and David Weaver for the great work as well as for putting up with me 🙂 Extra thanks to Jennifer Lefsyk for not only being a joy to work of off, but for being my partner in “spice” as well not to mention putting up with the verbal assault I was unleashing on her during filming (check out the film for some extra “spicy” points) 🙂 And, of course, huge thanks to Dan and Henrique for casting me in this role and believing I could deliver – as well as not having me wear pink this time (which was my idea but hey…) 🙂 Hopefully, we (all cast/crew) will work together on future projects. I’m looking forward to seeing this come out and the reactions 🙂

-Pics can be seen on my Acting Page on Facebook via the link below.

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5/24/2019-ACTING- Day 1 Filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” Begins (5/22/19)

-On April 1 (April Fool’s Day), 2019 I was contacted by director/writer Dan Wilder (who I had worked with last year on the short film MERCURY SCREAMS) in regards to having a role in a new feature film he was involved in called ‘Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal (BSMHM).” It’s actually part of a horror franchise created by producer Henrique Couto, where he already made the first film and just recently had a successful Kickstarter Campaign to make three more. Click HERE to check it out. Dan sent me the script and I immediately presumed that he wanted me to play the role of the heavy-a rock musician named Viper. Imagine my surprise when Dan told me that not only had that role been cast, but both he and Henrique wanted me to play the main lead role of Billy Draggs. I said I’d think about it (HA!). Of course, I said yes (after intense negotiations…I got my 2 slices of pizza minimum per day in there 😀 ). The rest of the cast was filled up in the coming weeks. As some might know, I always like to add a little “spice” to my dialogue when I’m allowed to. Not only was Dan cool with that, but I was also even able to put in suggestions for things happening in a number of scenes. Not just for my benefit either. If the production team and film win, then all the cast and crew win so I always give as much input as I’m allowed to. The rest of the cast filled up soon after. I was happy to be working again with Jennifer Lefsyk again (we worked together on “ROMEO 3000” years ago and she was just awesome) and was looking forward to filming with her and the rest of the cast and crew.

-A week before filming was to start, the guy playing Viper had to drop out. The idea of me playing both Billy and Viper was thrown around and was put in the “last option” file, but we didn’t have to worry cause two actors filled the role. Looking at the shooting schedule-it looked quite ambitious IMO. My first day would be my busiest day in terms of the number of scenes I’d have to be filming. While “Romeo 3000” was the film where I had the most dialogue (currently), this one looks to currently being the one where I’m in the most scenes as well as a lot of dialogue. In BSMHV I’m in 36 of the 56 scenes-18 of which were shot on Day One. I have to admit I didn’t expect to be filming scenes that fast, but I trust Henrique and Dan cause I know they’re going to do the best they can for this. Not to mention maybe I actually starting to get better (Nah… 🙂 ). I had a great time. It was great meeting new and older cast/crew who were involved in this and they were all great. I haven’t been on set for the last two days (but I heard they were all knocking it out of the park) but I will be there for the next two-and time for me to jack up the intensity! \m/

-Pics from the first day of filming on “Babysitter Massacre: Heavy Metal” can be seen on my acting page on Facebook via the link below.

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5/18/2019-ACTING – “Hex” Released on You Tube

-The short film “Hex” (AKA “She Dances With Matches”) which I worked on last year has been released on YouTube. Directed by Frankie Heagle. I play the role of a hired killer named Roy in this. Filmed up in Oswego County in 2018. It was a fun project to work on. Starring Sydney Lattenhauer, Tim Smith and myself. Looks like I have a new stage name via the credits (“Wayne J. Johnson”) 😀 It was great working with everyone involved and thank you for having me onboard for this.

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