One of the bands who emerged in the wave of hard rock in the eighties was the BulletBoys, who formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. The original line up consisted of vocalist Marq Torien, former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent on bass and Jimmy D’Anda on drums. The group has released 8 studio albums to date and one live album, however their most popular were released between 1988 and 1991. Their albums consist of BulletBoys (1988), Freakshow (1991), Za-Za (1993), Acid Monkey (1995), Sophie (2003), 10c Billionaire (2009), Rocked and Ripped (2011) and Elephante (2015), as well as their only live album Behind the Orange Curtain which was released in 2007. The group took a brief break following the release of Acid Monkey, and then reformed in 1998 which had Torien and Vencent remaining in the band, and the addition of former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and future Guns n’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba. However, that line up was very short lived.
Their biggest hit by far and most likely their most known is Smooth Up In Ya, which appears on their self titled record BulletBoys. The song reached 71 on the US Hot 100 and 23 on the US Main Rock Charts- significantly higher than any of their other work. However, that shouldn’t undermine how great some of their other songs are, such as Hard as a Rock or their cover of the O’Jays classic For the Love of Money.
The BulletBoys current line up includes original vocalist and lead guitarist Marq Torien, Nick Rozz on rhythm guitar, Chad MacDonald on bass and lastly Shawn Duncan on drums. The band is still touring and making music- so you can check out all of their upcoming tour dates and latest news here.