80's Rock: BulletBoys

bulletboysBulletBoys are an American hard rock band that were formed by vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Lonnie Vencent in the late 1980s after they left King Kobra. They also featured new, young rock drummer Jimmy D'Anda.

BulletBoys was formed in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. The band's first two albums (BulletBoys and Freakshow) were well received by critics and fans alike proven by the band selling over 1 million copies worldwide. Some critics compared the band to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen, as Torien's vocal and performances were similar to Diamond Dave. That argument was furthered by the fact that Ted Templeman produced both the Roth-era Van Halen albums and the BulletBoys. In addition, both bands were signed to Warner Bros. Records.

The BulletBoys split up in 1993. Marq Torien and Lonnie Vencent continued to use the BulletBoys name and recorded Acid Monkey, a heavily alternative rock inspired album that was a major departure from the band's usual hard rock style.

Torien started a band in Ft. Myers, Florida in 2005 called Transistor. They entered Miller Mayhem Battle of The Bands, hosted by Real Rock 92.5 and Miller Brewing company, in hopes of scoring some radio play. They did not count on another local band, Atrophy The Sun, blowing the roof off the battle and winning it by a landslide. Reports from credible sources claim, Marq Torien called the radio station to complain about the loss. He was told, "You did not even bother to stick around to see the band that beat you."

bulletboys_1All original members got together to record one album in 2000 titled Greatest Hits: Burning Cats And Amputees. Marq and Lonnie released a new album, Sophie in 2003 under the BulletBoys name. This album featured vocal performances from former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach.

Jimmy D'Anda also played in the bands Zen Lunatic with John Corabi and Lynch Mob with George Lynch. Jimmy is now working with Jimmy Coup from Andrew WK, and the singer Romero from Drug Under. He writes and records in his own home studio. Jimmy is fully endorsed with DW Drums, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Sticks.

Marq Torien was lead guitarist for fellow glam metal band Ratt for about 3 months in 1982, and was replaced by Warren DeMartini. It has been said that Marq could play guitar as well as Eddie Van Halen and sing as well as Steve Perry (back in the day).

After Mick Sweda left the BulletBoys in 1993, he formed the band Brain Stem Babies (among others) and recorded numerous full length solo albums. Mick currently works in his studio, dubbed Redcake Digital.

Their song "Hard As A Rock" appears briefly in the movie Beerfest.

A BulletBoys poster can be seen in the bedroom of one of the teenage daughters on the ABC sitcom "Just the Ten of Us."

Courtesy of wikipedia.org and Hair Band Rock - 80's Rock


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