BulletBoys

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BulletBoys
BulletBoys, 2008
BulletBoys, 2008
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal,[1] glam metal[2]
Years active1987 (1987)–1993, 1995, 1998–present
LabelsWarner Bros., Wounded Bird, Swordholio, Perris, Crash Music, Cleopatra, Deadline, Chavis
Associated actsRatt, King Kobra, Beautiful Creatures, Vince Neil Band, Guns N' Roses
Websitebulletboysofficial.com
MembersMarq Torien
Lonnie Vencent
Mick Sweda
Jimmy D'Anda
Past membersSee List of former members

BulletBoys is an American heavy metal group. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1986.[1] The group's original lineup was composed of former Ratt and Kagny and the Dirty Rats[3] guitarist/King Kobra lead vocalist Marq Torien (vocals), former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda (drums, percussion). The group released two successful albums and had a number of singles featured on MTV between 1988 and 1991.[1] From the 1990s 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[4] (ex Guns N' Roses, later of Adler's Appetite), Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) and DJ Ashba[4] (ex Beautiful Creatures, Sixx:A.M. and Guns N' Roses). The original band reunited for one show in December 2011 before disbanding again.[5] In December 2019, BulletBoys original lineup reunited again for a show at the Whiskey A Go Go.[6]

To date, the band has released nine studio albums: BulletBoys (1988); Freakshow (1991); Za-Za (1993); Acid Monkey (1995); Sophie (2003); 10¢ Billionaire (2009), Rocked and Ripped (2011), Elefante' (2015), and From Out of the Skies (2018), as well as the live album Behind the Orange Curtain (2007).

History[edit]

Platinum-selling artists BulletBoys were formed in 1986 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 Jimmy D'Anda on drums.[7] The group were strongly influenced by AC/DC and Van Halen[1][4] with Torien drawing comparisons to Van Halen singer David Lee Roth.[1][4] 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.[8] 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[9] and number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100[9]), and "Smooth Up in Ya" (which peaked at number 23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart[9] and number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100[9]), 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.[8] The single "Hang on St. Christopher," a cover of the Tom Waits song, peaked at number 22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.[9] 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,[10] in 1993, but it failed to chart, as well as the album's singles. Both Sweda and D'Anda left the group the same year.[11] 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[4] briefly, with a tour of the US planned with Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango and Enuff Z'nuff.[4] 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.[12] A compilation album, titled Burning Cats and Amputees, was released in 2000, through Deadline Records.[13]

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[14] while former drummer Jimmy D'Anda formed the group Zen Lunatic with John Corabi (formerly of The Scream and Mötley Crüe) and Stevo Bruno (formerly of Revel 8).[15] 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 performed at the Groove Remains the Same, a tribute to John Bonham.[16]

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'".[17]

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.[18] A tour was to follow, with L.A. Guns, however this was soon cancelled after an incident with the group's bus driver.[19] 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.[19] Jason Hook was briefly a member of BulletBoys during this time.[20] In 2004, Torien was in line to tour with Stephen Pearcy (formerly of Ratt), Joey Belladonna (formerly of Anthrax), Ron Keel (Keel, IronHorse) and Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Watchtower) as part of the "Bastards of Metal" tour. However, this tour never came to pass. [21]

In January 2006, the group were announced as support, along with Bang Tango, to Stephen Pearcy on his tour,[22] however they soon pulled out[23] 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.[24] Torien also announced that BulletBoys were to reunite and record a new album stating:

"In 2006 there will be a BulletBoys reunion and I wanted to let you know that on your show. The powers that be are working on it right now, so you will be seeing the BulletBoys out there. But, I wanted to let everyone out there know that we will be coming back out and that we are coming back out for our fans as well as for rock 'n' roll. But I don't really feel that I should be out there touring if I don't have anything new to offer to the musical community like a new fresh record. So that will be happening. A new BulletBoys record will be coming out this year. It's time to go at it and it's time to get it back together again..."[25]

Drummer Jimmy D'Anda stated that none of the original members were involved in the reunion album soon after,[26] while Torien stated that only D'Anda was "resistant to the idea" with the other former members (Sweda and Vincent) willing to return.[27] However, a reunion failed to materialise. BulletBoys went on to tour with the Tracii Guns led L.A. Guns[28] and announced plans for a live album as well as an album of new material in 2007.[29] The group released the live album, titled Behind the Orange Curtain, on April 3, 2007 through Crash Music[30] while they were one of the confirmed acts for Rocklahoma in July of the same year.[31] Also in 2006, the song "Hard As A Rock" appeared briefly in the movie Beerfest.[32]

In 2009, they released their sixth album, titled 10c Billionaire, on Chavis Records. The material was originally written in 2006[27] with plans, by Torien, for a new project using the same name.[27][33] 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[34] with a tour of the US announced soon after.[35]

In January 2010, the group were confirmed to play the Stockholm Rock Out Festival on April 30 of the same year.[36] In March, the song "Smooth Up In Ya" appeared briefly in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.[32] In April, the group were confirmed to play another Festival, Rock N America, that took place July 23–25.[37]

On August 28, 2011, former drummer Johnny Giosa died in a car accident in Los Angeles at the age of 42.[38]

On December 12, 2019, BulletBoys announced that their original lineup would be reuniting. The reunion kicked off with a hometown gig on December 30, 2019 at the Whiskey a Go Go. [39]

Personnel[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Marq Torien - vocals, guitar, bass, congas (1987–present)
  • Lonnie Vencent - bass, backing vocals (1987–2000, 2006, 2009–2014, 2019-present) [39]
  • Mick Sweda - guitar, backing vocals (1987–1993, 1999–2000, 2011, 2019-present)
  • Jimmy D'Anda - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1987–1993, 1999–2000, 2011, 2019-present)

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions
US US
Main
"Smooth Up In Ya" 1989 71 23
"For the Love of Money" 78 30
"Hang on St. Christopher" 1990 22
"THC Groove"
"Talk to Your Daughter" 1991
"Mine" 1993
"Laughing With the Dead"
"Balls to the Wall" 2009
"Road to Nowhere"
"Symphony" 2014
"D-Evil" 2018
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ McPadden, Mike (September 23, 2015). "The Hair Metal 100: Ranking the '80s Greatest Glam Bands, Part 3". VH1. Viacom. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Kagny & The Dirty Rats". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Steven Adler Goes From Guns To Bullets While Ex-Guns Remain Active". MTV. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "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.[permanent dead link]
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  37. ^ "SCORPIONS, TWISTED SISTER, RATT To Headline Oklahoma's ROCK N AMERICA Festival". Blabbermouth.net. April 1, 2010. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010.
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  39. ^ a b "It's Official: Original BULLETBOYS Lineup Reunites For More Than 50 Shows, New Music". Blabbermouth.net. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.

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