Johnny Venus

Updates about and from Johnny Venus and his entourage

Update from Johnny! (May)

  • This is from MAY. Sorry for the delay. More updates on Johnny this week
  • "Hey guys! First off I’d like to apologize for not making updates on here since my release from the hospital. I was just so excited to get home and get healthy as soon as possible I wasn’t thinkn about much else. Secondly, i wish i could thank each of you individually with a hug for your support for the last 3 months but since that may not be likely please know Maleah and I both have a special place in our hearts for you. There’s no way I’d be feeling as good as I do without having you all behind me, pushing me through this. We appreciate you all very very much!!!
  • When I was first admitted i weighd 168 lbs. I lost 35 lbs in the hospital and a lot of strength and stamina. It took me weeks to get readjusted to home life. My appetite eventually came around so i could slowly regain my health (I’m currently a healthier 156 lbs). A bone marrow biopsy showd that I was in cytogenetic remission, which is good and meant that we could start my first of two 5 week Arsenic treatment cycles. My body has been handling the treatments very well, the only side effect is exhaustion. I usually take a nap during or afterwards. I’m still working on regaining strength all over. It’s still challenging going up and down stairs and running feels very awkward. When i play drums I’m sore for a few days after. My driving and road rage skills are back to normal however hahaha! But all in all I feel fairly healthy. My blood and platelet counts are all normal nowadays, have a few more months of chemo treatments but the future looks great!!
  • I’ve enjoyed the last 2 weeks off from outpatient chemo treatments and today I startd my 2nd, 5 week cycle. My last hoorah happened this past Saturday at Pointfest. I got to see for the first time the great Dan Marsala of Story of the Year fill in for me behind the drum kit. Dan is an amazing friend to do this favor for Greek Fire and I while I recover and he is fitting in quite nicely. Thanks Dan!!! Also got to watch our friends in Hurt, Killer Me Killer You and Shamans Harvest. My proudest moment came when Moon introduced me to the hometown crowd…the applause of support from the 8000+ crowd tugged at the ol’ heart strings and I had to fight back tears of gratitude. Cannot express enough how grateful I am to my family, friends and fans for everything they’ve done for me the past few months.”

VIA GREEK FIRE:

In February 2012, shortly after an amazing tour of Japan, GREEK FIRE drummer and longtime STORY OF THE YEAR drum tech Johnny Venus was diagnosed with Leukemia. As anyone can imagine, this devastating news came as a complete shock and rocked the entire camp to the core. Johnny is fighting the battle of his life, and even in these darkest of times his incredible courage and strength inspired Johnny’s fellow band mates to write a song about this profoundly difficult and emotional journey. 

The song, “If this is the End (The Sound of Belief) was utilized for a video GREEK FIRE released via YouTube on May 15th, 2012. The video was made for zero dollars by a group of amazing and selfless individuals that donated their time and talents with no thought of reward or payment, and the result is a heartfelt and emotional offering of hope and support for anyone, anywhere who has experience with cancer. Greek Fire is releasing this video in hopes that it can help people find the courage and strength to fight with all of their heart, and that there are people everywhere in the world fighting with them. That is the mission: HOPE. Please share this video with as many people as you can. Nothing will make Johnny Venus and the band more proud than if it can help someone, somewhere, in some way.


If this is the end (The sound of belief)

VIA GREEK FIRE


ITS TIME! New song “If this is the end (The sound of belief)”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-this-is-end-sound-belief/id527512365 In brief; here’s the story: This is a song the three of us wrote shortly after our drummer Johnny Venus was diagnosed with Leukemia. In a matter of hours our best friend was in the hospital fighting the battle of his life. Initially music was the last thing on our mind, but we soon found that music was something we could turn to in the hope of expressing what all of us as his loved ones were going through. This is the song that came out of us. ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE JOHNNY VENUS LEUKEMIA FUND. LET’S SPREAD THIS AROUND THE GLOBE!
THE ENTIRE SONG CAME TOGETHER FROM INDIVIDUALS DONATING THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! John Pessoni of THE URGE was kind enough to donate his time and unbelievable talents to JOHNNY VENUS by performing the drums on this track. Thank you to Matt Amelung, Mike Jones and Encapsulated studios for donating an incredible studio and talents. Thanks to Allan Hessler for donating his time to mix this track for Johnny!


We are are releasing the long awaited video for “If this is the end” directed by our own RYAN PHILLIPS at 1pm Central today at http://www.youtube.com/greekfiretube Also for those looking for the song on other outlets it will be available this week WORLDWIDE on ITUNES, AMAZON, SPOTIFY AND A DOZEN OTHER OUTLETS

HELP JOHNNY VENUS AUCTION NOW LIVE!

DATE: MARCH 27, 2012

UNITE THE UNITED FOUNDATION LAUNCHES

JOHNNY VENUS LEUKEMIA FUNDRAISER AUCTION MARCH 27

The Unite The United Foundation has announced a fundraiser auction for St. Louis native Johnny Venus, drummer for the rapidly up-and-coming indie band Greek Fire and drum tech/stage manager for internationally known rock band Story of the Year.

Upon returning from an amazing and successful Story of the Year/Greek Fire tour of Japan in February, Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia. His disease emerged with virtually no warning. Within hours of a blood test, Johnny was admitted to a hospital where he remains under fantastic care and surrounded by people that love him. Johnny feels supremely lucky to have access to the proper care and treatment this country has to offer. However, like millions of Americans—and most aspiring artists and musicians—he does not currently have health insurance. Needless to say, this is a major hurdle in his fight to beat leukemia.

Johnny’s friends and family report that he is “staying strong and fighting with brilliant positive energy. His band mates, his family, and his girlfriend are by his side doing everything they can to keep his spirits up, but he still needs every ounce of help he can get.”

The Unite The United Foundation fundraiser auction for Johnny will run from 9am PT on Tuesday, March 27 through 9am PT on Friday, April 6 at: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/unitetheunited

Here are messages of support from Johnny’s friends:

“Johnny has been one of our dearest friends over the past decade. In addition to being the drummer for Greek Fire, Johnny has toured the world with SOTY as our drum tech/stage manager and has been with us through all of the ups and downs. We are doing everything that we can to help get our boy healthy again.”

—Story of the Year

"Johnny is a great guy and a friend to so many. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope that everyone will do what they can to help us give Johnny a better chance to win this fight."

—David Freese, 2011 World Series MVP/St. Louis Cardinals 3rd baseman

“Johnny is one of my favorite people on this earth. I love him like family, because that’s exactly what he is to me. I am so blessed to be a part of something as special as Greek Fire, and to be able to share it with someone as talented and amazing as Johnny is a dream come true for me. I want my brother back in good health more than I can possibly put into words.”

—Ryan Phillips of Greek Fire and Story of the Year

"Johnny is my best friend of 17 years. He’s never hesitated to give me the shirt off his back. With everyone’s help we have a chance to give a little back to a guy who would and has done anything for us all. Love you buddy!"

—Moon of Story of the Year and Greek Fire

Items to be auctioned off include the following:

—Signed St. Louis Cardinals David Freese home jersey - World Series edition

St. Louis Cardinals World Series home jersey signed by 2011 World Series MVP David Freese.

—World Series baseball signed by Tony LaRussa

Official MLB Baseball autographed by manager Tony LaRussa. Signed with the years he won a World Series Championship as a MLB manager for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

—Rockstar Energy Drink Signal custom snowboard

—Custom Glamour Kills skateboard

—Rockstar Energy Drink Custom Longboard

—Signed Story of the Year Page Avenue CD inserts (15)

15 signed CD inserts from Story of the Year’s debut album Page Avenue

—Signed Shinedown Somewhere in the Stratosphere 2 CD/2 DVD set

—One pair of tickets/VIP passes to any one show on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour

—One pair of tickets/VIP passes to any one show on the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

—Kicker iKICK501

The new iKICK501 now certifiably works with iPhone,™ along with iPhone 3G and all 4th-generation or newer iPod media players. Another feature is composite video output, allowing the user to play video from the unit to larger screens. Still portable and still loud, the iK501 still features the outrageous, square-shaped reflex subwoofer on the back of the unit, along with a pair of five-inch woofers and silk-dome tweeters. It’s all juiced by a powerful internal amplifier with digital signal processing for the richest, best-sounding docking system available.

—Signed Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival 2010 Drumhead

Commemorative Evans drumhead signed by Platinum rock bands Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, along with Stone Sour, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Airbourne, New Medicine, and Hail The Villain.

—Signed Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival drumheads (4)

Autographed Mayhem drumheads from: Megadeth, Godsmack, Machinehead, and Kingdom of Sorrow

—Signed Megadeth Evans drumheads (8)

—Signed Red Fang Mayhem Remo drumhead

—Signed Disturbed Mayhem Evans drumhead

—Signed Shure 55 SH Series II (Elvis Mic) Kelly Clarkson microphone

—Signed Shure Beta 58A Shure Alan Jackson microphone

—CD Package

Various CDs from City and Colour, Deer Tick, Hanni El Khatib, James Vincent McMorrow, Library Voices, The Civil Wars, The Jezabels, The Sheepdogs, Tokyo Police Club, and Yukon Blonde.

To donate to Johnny’s fund directly, please go to: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSJ9UCWFHEKQS

For further information and to follow Johnny’s progress, please visit: http://www.johnnyvenusGF.tumblr.com http://www.twitter.com/JohnnyvenusGF

About Unite the United Foundation: Unite The United Foundation is a public 501 (c) (3) non-profit, fundraising organization founded by the producers of the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Energy Mayhem Festival and the Country Throwdown Tour. It’s our mission to encourage fans, artists and industry leaders from the music, touring and action sports worlds to work toward positive change, by supporting local charities and participating in community volunteerism events across the United States. Unite The United Foundation is committed to raising funds to be donated directly to grass roots organizations that are making a difference in our national community.

GOING HOME!

"Yesterday I had the best birthday of my life thus far because Johnny came home!"  (Moon)

Check it out:

"Going home today!!! After 33 long, grueling days in the hospital, I have been released due to my outstanding blood counts, and they’re getting better daily. Still have a rough road ahead of me with the upcoming outpatient treatments, but from here on out I will be getting to go home each and everyday and will be enjoying every minute out of the hospital. Life is precious people! You’ve heard this a million times but don’t take one second of it for granted, take it from your ol’ buddy JV. I’m tryin’ to help you out! :)

jviyh”
(Johnny Venus)

Johnny Venus outside

Happy Sunday Fun Day everyone!

It has been a great day so far. Maleah and I got to go on a nice walk, soak up some Vitamin D, and smell the dogwoods. Next up….Twilight: Breaking Dawn and no she’s not MAKING me watch it! Haha!! We hope you all are having as nice of a day as we are. Life is good and getting better!
JVIYH
GREETINGS FROM THE HOSPITAL (Johnny)
"Greetings,

Last week’s treatment proved to be daunting mentally, but more physically as you can imagine. The influx of support and encouragement from the community, fans, friends, and family has helped get me through this intense time. We feel we are in the closing stretch and many good things are on the horizon. We will see all of your bright shining faces very soon and we shall blow bubbles together in our chocolate milk.

Cheers! JVIYH”

Johnny wanted me to share a picture and his latest blog with everyone and thank everyone for love and support thus far. - Moon


To help out please donate any amount:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSJ9UCWFHEKQS

Online Help Johnny Venus AUCTION goes live March 27th

GREETINGS FROM THE HOSPITAL (Johnny)

"Greetings,

Last week’s treatment proved to be daunting mentally, but more physically as you can imagine. The influx of support and encouragement from the community, fans, friends, and family has helped get me through this intense time. We feel we are in the closing stretch and many good things are on the horizon. We will see all of your bright shining faces very soon and we shall blow bubbles together in our chocolate milk.
Cheers! JVIYH”
Johnny wanted me to share a picture and his latest blog with everyone and thank everyone for love and support thus far. - Moon
To help out please donate any amount:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSJ9UCWFHEKQS


Online Help Johnny Venus AUCTION goes live March 27th

First words from Johnny Venus!

Greetings to you all from the space care facility- I have been calling home for the last couple of weeks. (Okay, I’m actually not in space, I’m in a hospital) I’m battling multiple fevers, nose bleeds, and other various ailments, so these past couple of days have been extremely difficult to deal with as you can imagine. But the incredible out pour of love and support from the Greek Fire nation and SO many others is both uplifting and encouraging. I have so much more on my mind and so much more to say, but these meds are going through my IV tubes faster than the words can travel from my heart, to my brain, and out my mouth. I truly love you all. Thank you all SO much. You will hear from me more as the days allow.
JVIYH

UPDATED DONATION LINK BELOW

An update to the donation link has been added towards the bottom of the press release below. 

DETAILS TO COME ABOUT AUCTIONS AND OTHER WAYS TO HELP JOHNNY FIGHT LEUKEMIA

THANK YOU ALL!

Dear Friends, Please read

Johnny Venus is our hero

Dear friends,

We have some heavy news and urge you to read this in its entirety and help spread the word.  

A week or so ago Greek Fire and Story of the Year returned from our tour in Japan.  Johnny wasn’t feeling normal.  Hesitant to see a doctor due to having no insurance he attributed what he was experiencing to jetlag. After a few days with no change and some loving encouragement he went for a blood test.  Within hours he was admitted to the hospital with alarming results.  After multiple agonizing days and dozens of tests the doctors informed him that he had Leukemia.  

This has jarred perspective in a way we couldn’t have imagined otherwise.  This is truly a man that deserves the world.  He’s dealt with a lot of ups and downs this week as you can imagine. Johnny is in for one hell of a battle, perhaps the battle of his life, but he is a fighter. He is going to face this thing head on, one day at a time, with every ounce of strength he has. He is going to make it through this. 

This is a terrible disease where the minds of the patient and everyone that loves them feels helpless.  He is staying strong and fighting it with brilliant positive energy.   All of us around him are doing everything we can to help out with day to day things and keeping family, friends and fans updated on how he’s doing.

Johnny is at a fantastic hospital under great care and surrounded by people that love him. All things considered, Johnny is supremely lucky to have access to the proper care and treatment this country has to offer. However, like millions of americans, (and like most aspiring artists and musicians)  he does not currently have health insurance. Needless to say, this is a major issue. We are in communication with different organizations that can really make a difference with Johnny’s situation. We are also in the process of setting up an outlet for donations as well as discussing viable fundraising options. As soon as we have concrete plans, it goes without saying that we will let everyone know how they can help Johnny fight this battle.

Anyone that knows Johnny can tell you that he is a top notch human being. He would do anything for any one of his friends and family without hesitation or thought of himself. He is our brother. He is our band-mate. We are going to do everything possible to help him through this. He has so much to look forward to and so much to live for. 

We want to keep everyone in the loop through blogs and things and give people a chance any way they can to help him whether its through his charity site, fundraisers or just posting your love and support on his twitter and Facebook Fan page.  He will read everything there. If you have his email or phone # please DO NOT  contact him though those channels.  Pour your love and support for him on his or the band’s pages. Please feel free to comment, tweet and leave messages on his fan page.

For the time being, we will continue to write, to plan, and to work relentlessly on Greek Fire. Nothing has changed as far as the future of Greek Fire is concerned. We are going to get Johnny better and then become the biggest band in the world. 

Stay tuned for more details about how you personally can help Johnny fight his battle against Leukemia. Our deepest, heartfelt appreciation for your thoughts and prayers.

At this time we have a fundraising site being set up for everyone to donate any amount to help him.

until its up we have a paypal link that goes directly to him

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSJ9UCWFHEKQS

AUCTIONS AND THE LIKE WILL BE UP SOON

DETAILS TO COME ABOUT HOW TO HELP.

THANK YOU ALL!

JOHNNY VENUS FAN SITE

 http://www.facebook.com/JohnnyVenusGF

You can follow the Johnny Venus blogs to follow his progress at 

http://www.johnnyvenusGF.tumblr.com

http://www.twitter.com/JohnnyvenusGF