13 MIN LONGFORM VIDEO FOR “JOHNNY’S BAND” REVEALED TODAY. PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL SINGLE TO BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 4.
Deep Purple20. July 2017

Today, the brand new longform video for the song “Johnny’s Band” by rock legends DEEP PURPLE is being premiered.
Following the four minute video clip for the song, the 13 minute longform serves as a fictional documentary about Johnny’s Band. Its title “From Here To By There” is a clear reference to Deep Purple’s movie documentary “From Here To infinite” which is part of the limited edition of the band’s recent worldwide success “inFinite”.

The 13min longform of the video for “Johnny’s Band” can be watched on earMUSIC’s official YouTube channel:

The video (and song) is an in-depth, affectionate portrait of a fictional band that quickly gains success – and as quickly loses it.
Having been scripted and directed by Craig Hooper and Collin Games who are also responsible for the original Deep Purple documentary, it gives a lot of attention to detail and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The members of Johnny’s Band are casted with quite some familiar faces:
in addition to S.E.X.’s Phil Jones, Sassafras’ Dai Shell and Budgie’s Steve Williams, the founding member and bass player of Saxon, Steve “Dobby” Dawson, who is said to be the inspiration for the “Spinal Tap” character Derek Smalls, is playing Old Bill the Bass. The young lead singer of Johnny’s Band, Johnny Jones, is being played by singer-songwriter Steve Balsamo who among other things wrote and recorded together with the late Jon Lord.

The strictly limited collector’s edition single for “Johnny’s BandC is going to be released on August 4th on earMUSIC, both physically and digitally, and includes four previously unreleased songs, all exclusive to this EP.
Besides the “In & Out JamV, recorded by Roger Glover during the rehearsals for the album recording of “inFinite”, the single is spiced with not only one but three live versions, all recorded on the successful “NOW What?!” world tour in Gaevle, Sweden on August 10th, 2013.

Track list
1. Johnny’s Band
(Album Version)
2. In & Out Jam
(Rehearsal Recording By Roger Glover)
3. Strange Kind Of Woman
(Previously Unreleased Live Version)
4. The Mule
(Previously Unreleased Live Version)
5. Hell To Pay
(Previously Unreleased Live Version)

DEEP PURPLE – JOHNNY’S BAND MUSIC VIDEO & LONGFORM
CREDITS

Director
CRAIG HOOPER

Producers
CRAIG HOOPER
COLLIN GAMES

A COOLHEAD PRODUCTION

Concept by
CRAIG HOOPER
Based on the song by
GILLAN/ GLOVER/ PAICE/ MORSE/ AIREY/ EZRIN

Director of Photography
TREVOR BURGESS

Cast
Johnny – STEVE BALSAMO
Bill the Bass – MORGAN LYNHAM
Pete – JAKE POWELL-HUGHES
Crazy Benny – MATT THOMAS
Old Johnny – PHIL JONES (S.E.X.)
Old Bill the Bass – STEVE DOBBY DAWSON (Saxon)
Old Pete – DAI SHELL (Sassafras)
Old Crazy Benny – STEVE WILLIAMS (Budgie)
The Major – MIKE BUBBINS
June – LEAH COLLINS
Chris Peacock – STEVE FISHER
DJ Ralph – JOSH FOLKS
Nurses – KELLY GUMBLEY & AIMEE THOMAS
Narrator – Jaspor Blakeley

Cameras
STEPHEN MEREDITH

Sound
BRIAN ULLAH

Editor/Compositor
COLLIN GAMES
        
Dubbing Mixer
DAI SHELL

Assistant Director
IAN FITZELL

Studio Lighting Director
DAVE THOMAS

Runners
LEAH COLLINS
AIMEE THOMAS
KELLY GUMBLEY

Set Dressers
EZRA OLSSON
LUCY CHAPLIN
LARYSSA CZORNYJ
ELLIE KOSZACK

Band Costumes Provided By
DOOGIE WHITE

With Thanks To
MASONIC HALL, CARDIFF
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF
THE DEEP PURPLE FANS WHO TURNED UP AT VERY SHORT NOTICE..!

Stills
STEPHEN MEREDITH

Executive Producer
earMUSIC