Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on May 27th 2010 2:00PM by Mike Ayers
And is Johnson excited about getting back on stage with his old band? "Not really," he tells Spinner. "I'm mean [the gigs are] cool but I'm more excited about the new Time record that we've been completing over the last couple of months. It's hard to get excited about playing songs that we've already played before, but I'm excited about the new stuff."
With Prince backing their first few releases, the Time were poised to be one of pop's next big thing, but squabbles with the Purple One over control and Johnson's pursuit of a solo career left the group floundering. "For lack of a better term, I was someone else's pawn," Johnson says. "The labels wanted us to repeat the same thing over and over. The control of the original Time, it was really under control of Prince. He really dictated the play and how things went down. I wouldn't necessarily label him a bad person, but any situation where you work under someone, it's their rules that apply."
With Johnson recently been putting the final touches on the new Time album, he says he's hoping a fall release will give fans new music, this time in a way that leaves him and the band with much more control than before. Johnson's also currently promoting his new album, 'Verbal Penetration,' which he's also self-released. It's a two-disc collection that shows off his mastering of a myriad of funk, jazz and blues guitar styles on creative song titles such as 'In the Key of Nudity,' '100 Watts of Funky' and 'U & I R We R Us.' He'll also break away from the Time during this tour for a mid-set showcase of his solo material, which dates back to the mid '80s.