Johnny Rock

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People often ask how I got the
name Johnny Rock? In the late 1980s / early 1990's I was in a local Los Angeles band, "Love Like Blood." Love Like Blood was a pop/new wave band. We had a good following of fans that allowed us to play all the big clubs in Hollywood. Every five to six weeks, we played with national acts at legendary Los Angeles clubs like The Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset strip. When he saw us perform, the singer's brother always stated "Johnny Rocks," and since then, I was branded as Johnny Rock.
The singer's brother always stated "Johnny Rocks," and since then, I was branded as Johnny Rock.
Johnny "Rock" Mendola

Asia Tour

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In the Summer of 1992, "Love Like Blood" secured the opportunity to tour Asia, making stops in Japan, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Yet, this tour was much different than you would expect! As a businessman, I convinced a concert promoter that was touring Asia with celebrity impersonators to book "Love Like Blood" to open the show with our original music and back up the celebrity impersonators."


Stadium Show Promoter

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Two years later (in 1994), the next opportunity came when Michael Jackson had set up his "Dangerous Tour." Michael canceled the show while his plane and crew were in New Delhi, India, preparing to perform at a sold-out 50,000-seat Stadium event. This incident led to an opportunity, and I quickly seized the moment. I had toured Asia with impersonators and now was my chance to take my previous experience and convert it into something big. I then decided that I was to put together a stadium show and replicate Michael's "Dangerous Tour," and this is what led me to become a concert promoter. We gathered some working capital to film a promotional video. Once finished, I took a flight to New Delhi, India, to arrange, produce and promote my "Not So Dangerous, Dangerous Tour." Since my passion was to perform at large outdoor venues, I realized that the only way it would happen was if I set up my own stadium shows. So, in 1994, I was out playing, performing, and promoting my own venues with audiences of 15,000 people while over twelve million viewers had experienced our live television production.
So, in 1994, I was out playing, performing, and promoting my own venues with audiences of 15,000 people while over twelve million viewers had experienced our live television production.
Johnny Rock

Event Organizer

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Within weeks, my entrepreneurial endeavor came to a crashing halt when an act of God, a monsoon, wiped out our third show in India. Needles to say, I lost a lot of money! Leaving me with a staff and crew of 28 members, including the band, dancers, choreographer, and sound engineers, without work and stuck in a developing nation, which included high costs for hotels, food, etc. Since my environment had drastically changed, I became a stadium organizer for hire (Talent Broker). In 1997, I was hired to produce "The Hand Over Concert" when Hong Kong was handed back to China.


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Continuing on as an event organizer Johnny set up Stadium shows for various artists including
Jose Feliciano, Kelly Chan (陈慧琳) and other artists in Korea, Macau,and Thailand.
One year, in the country of Macau, I was approached by the Blind Aid Society to put on a fundraising concert to support the blind. I quickly got on the phone and booked my dear friend Jose Feliciano.
Johnny Rock
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Johnny Rock with Chinese Pop Star Kelly Chan (陈慧琳).
Kelly was the closing act at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


The Record Business

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After returning to the United States, I was approached by an independent record label (Stampede Records), which had signed a band known as Wishbone. Stampede Records was intrigued by my success abroad and asked me to join their team. They wanted me to set up stadium shows for Wishbone and handle domestic marketing campaigns, such as CD distribution, radio, and marketing. I ended up charting Wishbone on national radio in the United States and licensing the band throughout Europe and Asia, having a number one hit in Holland.


I ended up charting Wishbone on national radio in the United States and licensing the band throughout Europe and Asia, having a number one hit in Holland.
Johnny Rock
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Being successful in licensing Wishbone in 13 countries opened up the doors for working with other artist. We have had the privilege of representing a handful of platinum artists over the years, and it has opened up the doors to the major labels abroad. For instance, we picked up The Orchestra (former members of Electric Light Orchestra), and their management company asked if we would shop their new release abroad as well as set up their 2004 Europe/Asia tour. Needless to say, there was no hesitation on our part to take on the project. Now this gets exciting, because every time you pick up a platinum artist, then Universal, Sony, BMG, etc., are interested in talking to you—which leads us back to being in the right place at the right time with the right act. Once you get a relationship established with the A&R guys at the majors, it opens the doors for your other artists.
We were also blessed to represent in our catalogue Edie Money, best known for hits like “Baby Hold On To Me,” and “Two Tickets To Paradise”—again the same scenario, an opportunity to shop deals to the majors and break down those boundaries. Since then we have handled a lot of known and unknown acts, one of them being Adam Levy, who has played guitar with Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones. Adam’s CD features tracks with Otis Clay, Norah Jones, and the Holmes Brothers, to name a few. We also represented the "Hollywood Goes Wild" album that featured Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp (with Iggy Pop), Russell Crowe amongst others.


In December of 2004 we were
asked to represent a DVD for distribution in Asia called “A Tribute To The King," featuring the songs made famous by Elvis Presley, by Scotty Moore (Elvis Guitarist) and friends. Filmed at Abbey Road studios (special thanks to Ron Lovely) by a roster of international music heroes including Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood and Bill Wyman, Albert Lee and many more.

Success Stories

We have licensed, distributed and published product worldwide in the following territories: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Generating thousands of dollars in advances and royalties, as well as having a hit song (#11) on the Korean radio charts, generating nearly 5,000 units sold in a six week period. Our flagship artist Wishbone has been released in thirteen countries throughout Asia, Brazil, and Europe, which also included a promo tour of Europe.

Our flagship artist Wishbone has been released in thirteen countries throughout Asia, Brazil, and Europe, which also included a promo tour of Europe.
Johnny Rock