Bandsintown
get app
Sign Up
Log In
Sign Up
Log In

Industry
ArtistsEvent Pros
HelpPrivacyTerms
Johnny Kannis Tickets, Tour Dates and %{concertOrShowText}
Johnny Kannis Tickets, Tour Dates and %{concertOrShowText}

Johnny KannisVerified

216 Followers
Never miss another Johnny Kannis concert. Get alerts about tour announcements, concert tickets, and shows near you with a free Bandsintown account.
Follow

About Johnny Kannis

JOHNNY KANNIS EXPLOSION 2.0 Hitmen frontman JOHNNY KANNIS: Itching to re-declare War Against the Jive Sydney. The early 1980s. If you were a fan of live rock and roll and weren't even peripherally aware of The Hitmen, you desperately needed someone to check your pulse! In fact, you didn't even have to hail from Sydney - Australia's most bombastic and cocksure rock outfit toured all over Australia. Relentlessly. The Hitmen were originally an outgrowth of Radio Birdman, with most of its membership passing through the ranks of what was originally a party band.Their all-enduring member was frontman Johnny Kannis, whose Greek-Australian lineage didn't preclude him from being a descendant of the Dictators' Handsome Dick Manitoba and Elvis Presley. He learned his stagecraft as Radio Birdman's Master of Ceremonies and one-half of their back-up singers The Glutonics. He sang on their debut album, Radios Appear and appeared in the cult classic single, New Race – in his White Tux (the same one Mar Holden use to wear). The other constant in all but one post-Birdman Hitmen line-up was Chris "Klondike" Masuak, a Canadian-born teenage schoolmate of Kannis and close spiritual guitar kin of James Williamson and Ross the Boss. Johnny and The Hitmen became The Hitmen soon after Birdman collapsed in on itself, reaching well beyond the traditional inner-Sydney haunts and staking a claim for the hearts, minds and dancing shoes of suburbia. With high-energy music breaking out all over Australia, The Hitmen became big business, signing to a major label and becoming part of "the industry". Just the sort of behaviour to burn bridges with fickle inner-city fair-weather friends. Carrying themselves with a swagger born of near fanatical self-belief and arrogantly brushing aside any detractor or musical pretenders deemed to be not up to the mark, The Hitmen were impossible to ignore. Scores of beer and testosterone-fuelled Aussie youths grew up with the hard rock soundtrack that The Hitmen provided ringing in their ears and discovered some fine music in the deal. A near fatal car accident in 1983 all but buried Johnny Kannis and the band in the process, but for more than a decade, off-and-on, The Hitmen carried a torch for hi-energy fun. Kannis's injuries hampered his on-stage activities to the extent that he mostly moved into band management. A farewell tour and the occasional re-emergence (with the appendage "DTK" to the band name, to avoid an overseas copyright clash) kept things simmering into the mid-'90s, when Kannis' move interstate took the wind out of the sails. Rumblings of a HITMEN reunion tour have been constant for many years and in 2008 they announced their successful return. Now that co founding member, Chris Masuak has moved overseas, Johnny has rekindled his friendships with singers from bands The Hitmen use to support across Australia and recorded 2 solo singles with a special appearance by good friend, Jimmy Barnes. Ring of Fire and Edge of Reality are OUT NOW in iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play and major Digital Networks!! Stay tuned for more information right here! Band currently in the studio finishing the recording of their debut album, NEW SINGLE "Edge of Reality" b/w "Ring of Fire" (feat: Jimmy Barnes) OUT NOW in iTunes Store & Worldwide digital Networks! (Search Johnny Kannis)
Show More
Genres:
On The Edge Of Reality
Band Members:
Tony Juke Jukic, Tony The Kid Robertson, Johnny Kannis
Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

No upcoming shows
Send a request to Johnny Kannis to play in your city
Request a Show

About Johnny Kannis

JOHNNY KANNIS EXPLOSION 2.0 Hitmen frontman JOHNNY KANNIS: Itching to re-declare War Against the Jive Sydney. The early 1980s. If you were a fan of live rock and roll and weren't even peripherally aware of The Hitmen, you desperately needed someone to check your pulse! In fact, you didn't even have to hail from Sydney - Australia's most bombastic and cocksure rock outfit toured all over Australia. Relentlessly. The Hitmen were originally an outgrowth of Radio Birdman, with most of its membership passing through the ranks of what was originally a party band.Their all-enduring member was frontman Johnny Kannis, whose Greek-Australian lineage didn't preclude him from being a descendant of the Dictators' Handsome Dick Manitoba and Elvis Presley. He learned his stagecraft as Radio Birdman's Master of Ceremonies and one-half of their back-up singers The Glutonics. He sang on their debut album, Radios Appear and appeared in the cult classic single, New Race – in his White Tux (the same one Mar Holden use to wear). The other constant in all but one post-Birdman Hitmen line-up was Chris "Klondike" Masuak, a Canadian-born teenage schoolmate of Kannis and close spiritual guitar kin of James Williamson and Ross the Boss. Johnny and The Hitmen became The Hitmen soon after Birdman collapsed in on itself, reaching well beyond the traditional inner-Sydney haunts and staking a claim for the hearts, minds and dancing shoes of suburbia. With high-energy music breaking out all over Australia, The Hitmen became big business, signing to a major label and becoming part of "the industry". Just the sort of behaviour to burn bridges with fickle inner-city fair-weather friends. Carrying themselves with a swagger born of near fanatical self-belief and arrogantly brushing aside any detractor or musical pretenders deemed to be not up to the mark, The Hitmen were impossible to ignore. Scores of beer and testosterone-fuelled Aussie youths grew up with the hard rock soundtrack that The Hitmen provided ringing in their ears and discovered some fine music in the deal. A near fatal car accident in 1983 all but buried Johnny Kannis and the band in the process, but for more than a decade, off-and-on, The Hitmen carried a torch for hi-energy fun. Kannis's injuries hampered his on-stage activities to the extent that he mostly moved into band management. A farewell tour and the occasional re-emergence (with the appendage "DTK" to the band name, to avoid an overseas copyright clash) kept things simmering into the mid-'90s, when Kannis' move interstate took the wind out of the sails. Rumblings of a HITMEN reunion tour have been constant for many years and in 2008 they announced their successful return. Now that co founding member, Chris Masuak has moved overseas, Johnny has rekindled his friendships with singers from bands The Hitmen use to support across Australia and recorded 2 solo singles with a special appearance by good friend, Jimmy Barnes. Ring of Fire and Edge of Reality are OUT NOW in iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play and major Digital Networks!! Stay tuned for more information right here! Band currently in the studio finishing the recording of their debut album, NEW SINGLE "Edge of Reality" b/w "Ring of Fire" (feat: Jimmy Barnes) OUT NOW in iTunes Store & Worldwide digital Networks! (Search Johnny Kannis)
Show More
Genres:
On The Edge Of Reality
Band Members:
Tony Juke Jukic, Tony The Kid Robertson, Johnny Kannis
Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Get the full experience with the Bandsintown app.
arrow