The original lineup of the BulletBoys reunited for what was billed as a ‘when pigs fly’ show on December 30th at Hollywood’s Key Club, showcasing the fact that it has been years since vocalist Marq Torien, drummer Jimmy D’Anda, bassist Lonnie Vencent and guitist Mick Sweda had shared the stage together. Well, apparently it will be awhile until they share it again. Band members have now taken aim at each other with a series of online postings.
“Unfortunately the singer Marq (Torien) wants to continue to tour and record without the original members of the band so that he can maintain 100% control of the name BulletBoys,” claims drummer Jimmy D’Anda. “It’s a bummer for those of us fans who will not get to see this line up again.”
“Mark’s contract states that the guys (guitarist Mick Sweda and bassist Lonnie Vencent) and I are on a trial basis for a year, and if he thinks we’re deserving in that year then we can ‘buy’ a portion of the name BulletBoys… and if we’re not, then he’ll go back to hiring scab players,” continues D’Anda. “That’s unacceptable. Either we do this… or we don’t. Either we’re a band… or we’re not. Mick and I came in with a positive attitude and put the past aside so that we could see our fans happy with ‘BulletBoys’ once again and have a future. The contract needs to read equal shares for all across the board period! Show the fans you love them by agreeing to this here on my (Facebook) page, with a simple ‘Agreed’ and let’s get to work!”
BulletBoys singer Marq Torien posted his own comments by explaining the negotiations with the original members.
“I would like to start by saying that I had a blast playing with the original guys at the Key Club in Hollywood,” said Torien. “Even though we agreed to do a one-night only reunion show for all of our fans, we were open to getting back together. As a result, I wrote a heartfelt and loving letter to the guys in an effort to move forward with the original members. Contrary to what Jimmy posted on his Facebook page, I want to play with the original members and that I am MORE than willing to share everything equally.”
Torien continues, “Regarding the name BulletBoys, the original members sold out the group and the name 18 years ago. Despite their sellout, my fair and equal offer remains on the table. I will always love Mick, Jimmy and Lonnie with all my heart. By God’s good graces, I hope to work this out where everybody can be happy. I want to thank BulletBoys fans all over the world for always being so supportive. I love you.”
“As for ‘in the now’, I will carry on with a new single, video and tour in 2012”, concludes Torien. “We will see you this year with Great White and more!!! Cheers!” Well, it sounds as though there is a chance they could all come together again at some point. Work it out guys and make it happen!
Here’s some reunion show footage from the Dec. 30th show: