Thursday, June 16, 2011

Big Guns



1985-1986
Big Guns was the brainchild of Johnny Press, who had envisioned the harder edged songs wrtitten during his time with the band Velocity, as a basis for a new band.

He recruited Wayne Orlowski on Drums, Bobby Young on Bass, Ritchie Ramuno on Keys and Les Brown on vocals. After acquiring management and financial backing, a 5 song set was cut at Ivy Lane studios.

After Les left to join a New York band, John Brindisi was brought in to re-record many of the Big Guns vocals. At that point, Bobby Young decided he wanted to leave the band to do a blues project, so Scott Hanley was tapped to replace him on bass.

Months had passed, writing and getting ready for this new line-up to do a live show, when the unthinkable happened. Johnny was working a day job and had an industrial accident which broke his back in 2 places. It took a while for Johnny to recuperate enough to do their one and only gig together.

The band received an amazing crowd response but that gig marked the end of an era as an original band. Johnny went into retirement for 12 years, never picking up his guitar or listening to music in that time while  Big Guns subsequently went on to play together as a cover band with a few different lineups.


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