BulletBoys

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BulletBoys
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Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Glam rock, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1987 (1987)–1993 1998-present
Labels Warner Bros., Wounded Bird, Swordholio, Perris, Crash Music, Cleopatra, Deadline, Chavis
Associated acts Ratt, King Kobra, Beautiful Creatures, Vince Neil Band
Website

http://www.bulletboysrecords.com

http://www.bulletboysofficial.com
Members Marq Torien
Nick Rozz
Lonnie Vencent
Shawn Duncan
Past members See List of Former members

BulletBoys is an American hard rock group formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1987.[1] The group's original lineup was composed of former Ratt guitarist/King Kobra lead vocalist Marq Torien (vocals), former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda (drums, percussion).[1] The group released two successful albums and had a number of singles featured on MTV between 1988 and 1991.[1] From the 90's onward, the group went through numerous lineup changes, with the exception of Torien who remained the only consistent member, which featured musicians such as Steven Adler[2] (formerly of Guns N' Roses, later of Adler's Appetite) and DJ Ashba[2] (later of Beautiful Creatures, Sixx:A.M. and Guns N' Roses) among others. The original band reunited for one show in Dec. of 2011.[3]

To date, BulletBoys have released seven studio albums, BulletBoys (1988); Freakshow (1991); Za-Za (1993); Acid Monkey (1995); Sophie (2003); 10c Billionaire (2009), and Rocked and Ripped (2011) as well as the live album Behind the Orange Curtain (2007).

History[edit]

BulletBoys were formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California by former King Kobra members Marq Torien (also formerly of Ratt) on vocals, Mick Sweda on guitar, Lonnie Vencent on bass and Marc Danzeisen on drums.[1] The group were strongly influenced by AC/DC and Van Halen[1][2] with Torien drawing comparisons to Van Halen singer David Lee Roth.[1][2] After signing a deal with Warner Bros., the group released their debut album BulletBoys in 1988 with the album peaking at number 34 on the Billboard 200.[4] The group released two singles, a cover of the classic O'Jays tune, "For the Love of Money" (which peaked at number 30 on the Mainstream Rock Chart[5] and number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100[5]) and "Smooth up in Ya" (which peaked at number 23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart[5] and number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100[5]) with both receiving airplay on MTV.[1] They released their second album, Freakshow, in 1991 however the album only peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200.[4] The single "Hang on St. Christopher," a cover of the Tom Waits song, peaked at number 22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.[5] The group released their final album with Warner Bros., titled Za-Za, a name suggested by guitarist Anthony Gallo taken from The Godfather Part III character Joey Zasa,[6] in 1993 however it failed to chart, as well as the album's singles, while both Sweda and D'Anda left the group the same year.[7] The group continued and released Acid Monkey in 1995 through Swordholio/Perris Records however they disbanded soon after.

In 1998, the group reformed, with Torien and Vencent adding former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler and future Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba[2] briefly with a tour of the US planned with Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango and Enuff Z'nuff.[2] In 1999, Ashba left the group to form Beautiful Creatures with Bang Tango singer Joe Lesté while Adler left also sometime after, going on to form Adler's Appetite in 2003.[8] A compilation album, titled Burning Cats and Amputees, was released in 2000, through Deadline Records.

In 2002, Vencent was rumoured to be involved in a tour of Europe with former Anthrax members Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz and former W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland[9] while former drummer Jimmy D'Anda formed the group Zen Lunatic with John Corabi (formerly of The Scream and Mötley Crüe) and [tevo Bruno (formerly of Revel 8).[10] D'Anda went on to tour with George Lynch as part of Lynch Mob and opening up for Dio around the states during 2001.[citation needed]. In 2009 D'Anda played drums for former Warrant singer Jani Lane doing shows in California, New Mexico and Nevada.[citation needed] In September 2010, Jimmy was a selected drummer to perform at the Groove Remains the Same, Tribute to John Bonham show where he played with other great drummers such as: Chad Smith, Vinny Appice, Kenny Aronoff, Stephen Perkins, Fred Coury, Abe Laboriel Jr. and of course Jason Bonham. The entire Bonham family was in attendance. Read about it in Modern Drummer.

The BulletBoys cover of The O'Jay's R&B song from 1973 entitled "For the Love of Money" appears briefly in the 2003 TV movie "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company'".[11]

Remaining members Torien and Vencent, released the group's fifth album (their first in 7 years), titled Sophie, in 2003 which featured a guest appearance by former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach.[12] A tour was to follow, with L.A. Guns, however this was soon cancelled after an incident with the group's bus driver.[13] Guitarist Keri Kelli, who was filling for Tracii Guns in L.A. Guns, performed with BulletBoys before leaving at the insistence of L.A. Guns drummer Steve Riley.[13] Jason Hook was briefly a member of BulletBoys during this time.[14] In 2004, Torien toured with Stephen Pearcy (formerly of Ratt), Joey Belladonna (formerly of Anthrax), Ron Keel (Keel, Iron Horse) and Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Watchtower) as part of the "Bastards of Metal" tour.[15]

In January 2006, the group were announced as support, along with Bang Tango, to Stephen Pearcy on his tour,[16] however they soon pulled out[17] while they performed at the Raven's Heart benefit concert, which featured members of Guns N' Roses, Queens of the Stone Age and Dio among others performing also.[18] Torien also announced that BulletBoys were to reunite and record a new album stating:

Drummer Jimmy D'Anda stated that none of the original members were involved in the reunion album soon after,[20] while Torien stated that only D'Anda was "resistant to the idea" with the other former members (Sweda and Vencent) willing to return.[21] However a reunion failed to materialise. BulletBoys went on to tour with the Tracii Guns led L.A. Guns[22] and announced plans for a live album as well as an album of new material in 2007.[23] The group released the live album, titled Behind the Orange Curtain, on April 3, 2007 through Crash Music[24] while they were one of the confirmed acts for Rocklahoma in July of the same year.[25] Also in 2006, the song "Hard As A Rock" appeared briefly in the movie Beerfest.[26]

In 2009, they released their sixth album, titled 10c Billionaire, on Chavis Records. The material was originally written in 2006[21] with plans, by Torien, for a new project using the same name,[21][27] however they eventually released it under the BulletBoys moniker. In October, original bassist Lonnie Vincent returned to the group while guitarist Tony Marcus (XYZ, Arcade, Vicious Delite) was also added to the lineup[28] with a tour of the US announced soon after.[29]

In January 2010, the group were confirmed to play the Stockholm Rock Out Festival on April 30 of the same year.[30] In March, the song "Smooth Up In Ya" appeared briefly in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.[26] In April, the group were confirmed to play another Festival, Rock N America, that took place July 23–25.[31]

A new rehearsal of Bulletboys took place in July 2010, in Los Angeles with Mick Sweda, Jimmy D'Anda, Lonnie Vencent and vocalist Andrew Freeman.[32]

On August 28, 2011; Former drummer Johnny Giosa died in a car accident in Los Angeles at the age of 42. [2]

Elefante 2014-present[edit]

2014 has seen the return of co founding bassist Lonnie Vencent to the lineup and new Drummer Shawn Duncan who replaced Stephen Jude Mills which the band announced in a press release on the 10th of June 2014. The band's 8th studio album Elefante is due for release in the Summer of 2014.

Band members[edit]

Current lineup
  • Marq Torien - vocals, guitar, bass, congas (1987–present)
  • Nick Rozz - guitar (2010-2011, 2012–present)
  • Chad MacDonald - bass backing vocals (2014–present)
  • Shawn Duncan - Drums (2014–present)

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Album US Certification Label
1988 BulletBoys 34 Gold Warner Bros.
1991 Freakshow 69 - Warner Bros.
1993 Za-Za - - Warner Bros.
1995 Acid Monkey - - Swordholio/Perris
2000 Burning Cats and Amputees - - Deadline
2003 Sophie - - Bulletboys
2006 Smooth Up in Ya: The Best of the Bulletboys - - Deadline
2007 Behind the Orange Curtain - - Crash Music
2009 10¢ Billionaire - - Chavis
2011 Rocked and Ripped - - Deadline/Cleopatra
2014 Elefanté

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Main Rock
1989 "Smooth Up In Ya" 71 23
"For the Love of Money" 78 30
1991 "Hang on St. Christopher" - 22
"THC Groove" - -
"Talk To Your Daughter" - -
1993 "Mine" - -
2009 "Road To Nowhere" - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Huey, Steve. "BulletBoys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Steven Adler Goes From Guns To Bullets While Ex-Guns Remain Active". MTV. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Jeff Young Gears Up For BULLETBOYS New Year's Eve Reunion Show With Special Music Without Boundaries Episode". Bravewords.com. December 28, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "BulletBoys Album Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "BulletBoys Singles Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Za-Za (CD Booklet). BulletBoys. Warner Bros. Records. 1993. 
  7. ^ "Za-Za Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer Chooses Name For New Project". Blabbermouth.net. March 1, 2003. 
  9. ^ "ANTHRAX Drummer Finds Black Metal Inspiration". Blabbermouth.net. March 5, 2002. 
  10. ^ "Ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Teams Up With BULLETBOYS Drummer In ZEN LUNATIC". Blabbermouth.net. July 11, 2002. 
  11. ^ "For The Love of Money". Songfacts.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "BULLETBOYS: New Album To Include Guest Appearance By SEBASTIAN BACH". Blabbermouth.net. October 12, 2003. 
  13. ^ a b "BULLETBOYS Cancel Tour". Blabbermouth.net. November 14, 2003. 
  14. ^ "BULLETBOYS Singer: We Were Drawing A Lot More People Than Headliners L.A. GUNS". Blabbermouth.net. January 26, 2004. 
  15. ^ "Former RATT, ANTHRAX Singers To Embark On 'Bastards Of Metal' Tour". Blabbermouth.net. September 10, 2004. 
  16. ^ "STEPHEN PEARCY, BULLETBOYS, BANG TANGO To Team Up For U.S. Tour". Blabbermouth.net. January 14, 2006. 
  17. ^ "BULLETBOYS Drop Off STEPHEN PEARCY's METAL IN AMERICA Tour". Blabbermouth.net. January 24, 2006. 
  18. ^ "GUNS N' ROSES, DOKKEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, QUIET RIOT Members To Perform At Benefit Concert". Blabbermouth.net. January 16, 2006. 
  19. ^ "BULLETBOYS Vocalist Announces Reunion Tour And New Album". Blabbermouth.net. January 22, 2006. 
  20. ^ "Former BULLETBOYS Drummer Sets Record Straight About 'Reunion' Tour". Blabbermouth.net. January 23, 2006. 
  21. ^ a b c "Former BULLETBOYS 'Semi-Reunion' In The Works". Blabbermouth.net. July 26, 2006. 
  22. ^ "L.A. GUNS, BULLETBOYS: U.S. Tour Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. September 27, 2006. 
  23. ^ "BULLETBOYS Frontman: Live Album, 'Major' U.S. Tour, 'the Surrreal Life' Appearance In The Works". Blabbermouth.net. December 19, 2006. 
  24. ^ "BULLETBOYS: 'Behind The Orange Curtain' Track Listing, Audio Sample Available". Blabbermouth.net. January 8, 2007. 
  25. ^ "ROCKLAHOMA Lineup Announced: POISON, RATT, VINCE NEIL, WARRANT Confirmed". Blabbermouth.net. March 27, 2007. 
  26. ^ a b "BulletBoys". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  27. ^ Suehs, Bob. "ROCK N ROLL EXPERIENCE - Bullet Boys Interview 2009!". Angelfire. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  28. ^ "BULLETBOYS Rejoined By Bassist LONNIE VENCENT". Blabbermouth.net. October 27, 2009. 
  29. ^ "BULLETBOYS: New Tour Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. October 28, 2009. 
  30. ^ "VINCE NEIL Confirmed For Sweden's STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT Festival". Blabbermouth.net. January 31, 2010. 
  31. ^ "SCORPIONS, TWISTED SISTER, RATT To Headline Oklahoma's ROCK N AMERICA Festival". Blabbermouth.net. April 1, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Bulletboys Updates - from BOTH Camps". [1]. June 30, 2010. 

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