Could be a catfight in Kitten’s pharmacy
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Having weathered a dozen lineup changes over nine years, Roxy Monoxide play their final gig on Saturday, December 18, at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge. Singer-guitarist Scott Samuels concedes they failed to reinvent themselves following the departure of frontwoman Coree Levy. “After a few bad gigs, we realized how difficult it is for people in our age group — 40s and 50s — to come out and listen to bands play original music. Also, [bassist] Darko came back from Serbia and had a great time playing with his old blues band over there and decided he needed a change. So Scott [Southwood, drummer] decided that, after four bass players, four vocalists, and three guitarists, he didn’t want to stick around bringing yet another player up to speed.”

For the final gig, “We’re planning on having Michael Rennie and possibly a few other former Roxy members get up and play a few tunes with us.” Samuels remains with his other band A.M. Forever, which includes departing Roxy guitarist Tim Bennett.

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Also splitting — again — are Kathleen “Kitten” Johnson and Sean Siever of Pharmacy, whose musical divergences previously fractured their late-’90s ensemble Kitten’s Pharmacy (which included above-quoted Roxy Monoxide founder Scott Samuels). This time, Johnson is keeping the Pharmacy name, though song custody is still in dispute. “After leaving Pharmacy and Ms. Kitty, there have been quite a few issues,” says Siever, who mentions “sending BMI and my publisher after her for using three songs that I wrote 98 percent of.” Siever is currently working on new music with Mark Todd (ex-Radio 1) and Nick Peters (Baja Bugs).

“Sean is just bitter,” responds Johnson. “He threatened to contact MySpace and all the clubs we’re playing that the three songs that were written by me and other members were not ours, that he wrote them, which is not true. He was looking to get money out of us; he wanted, like, $200 by a certain date, otherwise he was contacting a lawyer.” Johnson says all Pharmacy songs have been taken offline, other than three she maintains were written by other members. “Sean was not present at practice when we did them.” Pharmacy appears January 7 at the Chico Club in La Mesa.

Add to the breakup list — for now, anyway — Ratt. Bassist Robbie Crane, currently touring with Lynch Mob, told the Metal Sludge website, “As far as I’m concerned, there is no Ratt to be fired from, as Ratt is on an indefinite hiatus [since] we’ve finished the Infestation tour in Japan.... Warren DeMartini has dates with his and Dee Snider’s Christmas band, [and] Stephen [Pearcy] has four to six months of solo dates.”

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Jonny Vee Dec. 15, 2010 @ 3:09 p.m.

This article kind of makes an issue out of something which is not even important to us - As we have been cranking out new songs every week, and no mention of our show in Hollywood at the Rainbow Bar & Grill 9015 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood - Tonight! (December 15th, 2010)- Forgive me but I need to correct a little of that, our first Hollywood show with this lineup. We do appreciate the Blurt - so thanks a lot for that. Here is the link for the event:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175895429101635&index=1

Also we need mention new members, me, Jonny Vee from Social Spit and Eric Lucero from Gravitorium. Because this is the band now! This is a whole new Pharmacy will an all-new assortment of Pharms for a Pharm Party!

Regarding this "Conflict" with Sean, Well, All one needs do is search the online Copyright Records at http://www.copyright.gov/records/ and search for "Siever, Sean" and it reveals only that he copyrighted a cassette in 1993, and I sure HOPE the three original Pharmacy songs we play are not that old! Thanks for the mention!

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Jonny Vee Dec. 15, 2010 @ 3:38 p.m.

Ah, just to make that other link clickable!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175895429101635&index=1

There ya go!

Hm, I guess they got Facebook pages verboten from being clickable here - Just copy it and paste it into your browser!

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Jonny Vee Dec. 16, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m.

Thanx a lot - Dont know why my link would not post - It was in interesting place last night, hope we'll play there again!

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sesmls Dec. 15, 2010 @ 4:42 p.m.

Not that it's incredibly important, but in the interest of historical accuracy:

Kitten forgot to mention in her comments above that Sean Siever was never a member of Kitten's Pharmacy. He was in a short-lived band called Pharmacy which existed for a few months in 1994, and included Scott Samuels, Kitten Johnson, Sean McAnally (aka Siever), and Nick Peters. The late '90s band mentioned above, Kitten's Pharmacy, included Kitten Johnson, Scott Samuels, Dave Farmer, Franc Alonso, and Andrew Bissessar, and recorded a CD called "Recommended By Doctors" in 1998.

Also, Tim Bennett is a former member of A.M. Forever, while Scott continues on in AM Forever (the band can be seen the first Fri/Sat of every month at Carver's in Rancho Bernardo)...Tim and Scott are in process of putting together another project as well.

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Jonny Vee Dec. 16, 2010 @ 3:02 a.m.

That's some good info, she probably had mentioned it to the interviewer, but it might have been edited. In my opinion, they edited out any real interesting info, for that thing about the dumb songs - Which is news SO old it is now no longer news, but forgotten. But just so people go to the Copyright dot Gov website and find for them selves, that Siever had nothing to do with the things he's griping at. We would have had this been that other short lived "pharmacy" in 94, but THIS ain't that band!

Anyway, we just got back from Hollywood, and THIS Pharmacy has as much to do with Siever as I have to do with Rush Limbergerbaugh, meaning, nothing. Thanx for your comments, is it Scott?

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mzkitten619 Dec. 17, 2010 @ 9:03 a.m.

Like Scott Samuels said Sean Siever was NEVER a member of Kitten's Pharmacy .. never recorded, wrote or had anything to do with the band . go check out Roxy Monoxide at Humphrey's backstage tomorrow night ... you guys had a good run ,...

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mzkitten619 Dec. 17, 2010 @ 9:33 a.m.

Was ask back to play Rainbow bar again in Feb 2011 .woo hoo .. rockin on the strip

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