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Johnny Lima has had a couple of melodic rock albums out with Now & Then with a new album on the way. A great vocal talent - check him out.

1. What are you currently up to?

Trying to get the new album finished. I'm just about done.

2. Who were your influences?

There's too many to name.

3. Brief history of the band plus the style of music you play.

Released the debut album independently in 1996. SHINE ON was released in 1999. I guess you could call my style Melodic Rock.

4. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

Highlights would have to be the two times I played in England. Lowpoints would have to be the long flight back from England. HAHAHA!!

5. How easy is it to gets gigs? What is the live music scene like?

Well, I've played two shows in 6 years. It's not that it's difficult to get gigs. More like it's difficult to get gigs that are worth playing. I'm not going to play live for the sake of playing live. The music scene is great here in California if you're a cover band. But if you do originals, then you're better off staying home. Which is what I've chose to do. I don't know of any touring plans. But we'll see.

6. What do you think of the state of rock music at the moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the Internet helped music grow or hindered it?

I think rock music is fantastic today. I'm not kidding. I always hear people bitching that rock music is dead or something. Obviously they're looking in the wrong places. I don't listen to radio one bit. I hate it. Same fucking songs over and over. Radio stations in the U.S. are owned by just a few huge companies. It's bullshit. So you're not hearing the best music out there. Just the music that the majors are willing to pay big bucks for. That's why the major labels are scared to death of the internet. We don't need radio to discover bands nowadays. And it very inexpensive for an unknown artist to reach millions of people via the internet. So needless to say, I'm Pro-Internet and Anti-Radio. HAHA!

7. If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and why?

Me on vocals and guitar Danny Danzi on Lead Guitar Jack Blades on Bass Ted Poley on Drums David Bryan on Keyboards Can you imagine how awesome the vocals would sound? DAMN!

8. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

The debut is out of print and won't be available until I re-record it and have it released. SHINE ON is available at all your fine stores. At least it should be. If not, then email your record store and tell them to get their shit together. =)

9. Message to your fans?

Thank you for all your support throughout the years and most importantly, thanks for your patience. I know you've been waiting a long time for the new album. It will be done soon. I promise.

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