In a recent interview, Bruce Witkin revealed that Johnny followed The Kids from venue to venue with guitar in hand, wanting to audition. In fall of 1980, Johnny joined The Kids as lead guitarist. They played a blend of new wave and pop music to sell-out crowds in South Florida, and took second place in a local Battle of the Bands. Following this success, they opened for artists such as Chuck Berry, Pat Benatar, The Pretenders, The Ramones, Iggy Pop and Billy Idol. In December 1983, The Kids changed their name to Six-Gun Method and moved to Los Angeles in search of a music contract. After several months of playing in popular venues, they split up. Ironically, their single "Time to Explain" was featured in the film Legend of Billy Jean after they split.
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The Kids have reunited several times. In spring of 1996 while Johnny was filming Donny Brasco, The Kids played at the Rockandy Club, Fort in Lauderdale, Florida.
Most recently, The Kids reunited for the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concerts at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida. The concerts were held on January 28, 2007 and August 29 - 30, 2008. Sheila, Bruce Witkin's mother, is credited with revolutionizing the South Florida rock music scene in the late 1970's and early 1980's. She was well respected as a manager, a friend to all, and often referred to as "Mom" by those she managed. Money raised by the concerts was donated to charities in Sheila's name. The concerts featured bands that played in South Florida during the time that Sheila was a manager. Each night of the concerts, The Kids headlined. Johnny played an old friend, a 1956 cream-colored Fender Telecaster, and avoided the limelight whenever possible. The 2007 concert was the subject of the documentary: Rock and a Hard Place: Another Night at the Agora.
Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert Photo Gallery|
Club Cinema, Pompano Beach, Florida, January 28, 2007
Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert II Photo Gallery|
Club Cinema, Pompano Beach, Florida, August 29-30, 2008