December 22, 2002 the world, and by association Johnny, lost Joe. A sudden heart attack claimed Johnny's musical idol and inspiration for so long. He stood for what was right about music and more importantly the music business. He demanded lower album prices for fans. He demanded the warm-up acts on his tours be treated equally with The Clash and when he found out the promoters weren't shared what his band had. Johnny read an article that one night in a bar meeting with magazine reporters he wondered outloud why a player piano/cd playing piano was allowed to exist instead of a musician who was being paid proper money for a live performance.
In his memory we dedicate the Jersey City Desk today.