The Black Halos

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The Black Halos
Also known asThe Black Market Babies
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPunk rock
Years active1993 (1993)–present
LabelsYeah Right! Records, Sub Pop, History Music, Liquor & Poker, Die Young Stay Pretty
MembersBilly Hopeless
Rich Jones
Jay Millette
Danni Action
John Kearns
Past membersAdam Becvare
Johnny Stewart
Jahmeel "JR" Russell
Rob Zgaljic
Denyss McKnight
Matt Camirand
Davey French
Robbie Hunter

The Black Halos are a Vancouver, British Columbia-based punk rock band. Their music also includes some glam rock.


The band was founded in 1993 by lead singer Billy Hopeless and guitarist Rich Jones, and at first, was called The Black Market Babies. They released their first album, Black Halos (Die Young Stay Pretty) in 1999.[1]

The band went through a number of lineup changes,[2] toured around Canada, and released an album, The Violent Years, on Sub Pop Records in 2001.[3][4] They later signed with History Music. They performed at Canada Music Week in 2007.[5]

The Black Halos' fourth album, We Are Not Alone, came out in 2008.[6] The band had a setback later that year after having their equipment stolen while on tour.[7] They decided to disband,[8]

The band reformed in 2016, with Hopeless and Jones as well as some new members.

In 2020 they released a new single on Yeah Right! Records and are playing live with original members Billy Hopeless, Jay Millette and Rich Jones in addition to new members Danni Action and John Kearns.[9][10] A new album is in the works with this line-up.


The song "No Tomorrow Girls", from their 2001 album The Violent Years, was featured in the Xbox 360-exclusive racing video game Forza Motorsport 3.[11]


Current members
  • Billy Hopeless - vocals
  • Rich Jones - guitars
  • Jay Millette - guitar
  • Danni Action - Drums
  • John Kearns - Bass

Former members
  • Adam Becvare - guitar
  • Johnny Stewart - guitar
  • Jahmeel "JR" Russell - bass
  • Rob Zgaljic - drums
  • Denyss McKnight - bass
  • Matt Camirand - bass
  • C.C. Voltage - bass
  • Davey French - guitar
  • Robbie Hunter - bass
  • Make Up Mike aka M.U.M. - drums


  • Black Halos (Die Young Stay Pretty, 1999)
  • The Violent Years (Sub Pop, 2001)
  • Alive Without Control (Liquor & Poker, 2005)
  • We Are Not Alone (History Music, 2008)


  1. ^ " The Black Halos Black Halos Die Young Stay Pretty". AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
  2. ^ "Black Halos Punk Preservationists". Exclaim!, By Shawn Merrill Feb 01, 2000.
  3. ^ "Black Halos Tour With Supersuckers". Chart Attack - Aug 17, 2001
  4. ^ "The Black Halos The Violent Years". Pop Matters, Wilson Neate 19 March 2001
  5. ^ "The Black Halos @ CMW 2007". Chart Attack, Mar 12, 2007
  6. ^ "The Black Halos We Are Not Alone". Exclaim!, By Keith Carman Mar 17, 2008
  7. ^ "Vancouver's Black Halos Officially Throw in the Towel". Exclaim!, By Josiah Hughes Sep 24, 2009
  8. ^ "Black Halos Break Up". Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-11-19.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) "Black Halos Break Up"]. Chart Attack.
  9. ^ Lawrence, Grant. "...The Black Halos, Jan 2020". Vancouver is Awesome. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  10. ^ MacInnis, Allan. "A reunited Black Halos leave the bad blood behind, Feb 2020". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  11. ^ " Track list of Forza Motorsport 3. on"

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