L.A. Guns announce new guitarist Johnny Monaco

L.A. Guns announce new guitarist Johnny Monaco

L.A. Guns featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns have announced their new guitarist who is none other than former Enuff Z’Nuff lead guitarist and lead vocalist Johnny Monaco.

The following succinct message was posted on L.A. Guns‘ Facebook page about 30 minutes ago: “Please welcome to L.A. Guns Mr. Johnny Monaco.”

Monaco‘s biography on his website states (with slight edits):

Johnny Monaco is a singer, songwriter, guitar player, jester, barber & part-time socialite from Chicago, IL.  After graduating from Harper College, Johnny moved to Hollywood, CA where he attended & graduated from Musicians Institute. Shortly after, Johnny was asked to join pop rockers Enuff Z’nuff as lead guitarist and eventually lead singer for the band. For the next twelve years, Johnny toured extensively throughout the US, Europe & Japan.​

After leaving this twelve year stint in 2008, Johnny continued to front his own pop band and released his solo debut, Overrated. Edgy, sharp-witted power pop for the 21st century with a flair for sugary choruses & the ultra catchy melody.

When he’s not out performing live, you’ll find Johnny holed up in his Chicago home studio crafting the perfect pop/rock gems that combine elements of British Invasion song craft with today’s latest studio trickery. Johnny‘s nonconformist approach to life & music has a familiarity to it, yet is all together his own.  Songs of love, life, lust, boredom & suburbia sit side by side with songs of distant planet aliens & dream demons.

Johnny has also been very successful in the creative world of the pop-jingle business and has written & performed on several TV & Radio tracks with production team Genuine Music. Clients include: Coors, Budweiser, Michelob, L&M, Pall Mall, KFC, Ivory, Army, Jeep, Ford, DodgeToyotaNintendo, GoodwillMaytag & Oreo. In addition, Johnny has appeared in several print publications including Guitar World, Guitar Player, Young Guitar, Burrn!, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Spin & Rolling Stone Magazine.​​

In the summer of 2013, Johnny teamed up with former band mates Enuff Z’nuff for their twenty-eight city 80’s Invasion Tour UK Winter Tour beginning in Wales at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival. Johnny continued to front the band throughout multiple lineup changes until his departure in 2016.

In winter of 2016, Johnny was invited to instruct aboard the very first all guitar dominated teaching cruise Axes & Anchors along with guitar legends Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk WyldeMarty Friedman.

Today, Johnny has launched his very first podcast It’s Not MeIt’s Absolutely You! and continues to perform regularly throughout Chicago & the Midwest.  Johnny is also a talent with international, globe leading, interactive songwriting team SongDivision. Clients include: Virgin, Microsoft, American Express, Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola, L’Oréal, Bayer, Marie Claire, The Salvation Army, P&G, Virgin Mobile, Novo Nordisk, Condé Nast, TD Bank, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gilead Sciences, Aesynt, Quicken Loans, Commonwealth Financial, LAUNCH, Omnicom, Cardinal Health, MWI Animal Health, Total Wine, Abbott, FLIRT & Swift.

Currently, Johnny is accepting offers for new opportunities in music, TV & film. In Johnny‘s musical world, any subject is fair game and he delivers with a style & swagger that’s all his own and hard to resist. Listen to all of Johnny‘s latest music on iTunes Spotify.”