Bulletboys vocalist Marq Torien sat down with Australian journalist Steve Mascord recently in Hollywood, California for a chat about the band’s past, present and future, as well as the original line up reunion on December 30, 2011 at Club Vodka in the legendary Key Club in Hollywood.
The interview was originally heard in early February as part of the “White Line Fever” podcast, but now be viewed in two videos below.
Torien said about the reunion of Bulletboys original lineup; Torien on vocals, Mick Sweda on guitar, Lonnie Vencent on bass and Jimmy D’Anda on drums: “It was a wonderful, wonderful night — a magical night. It was for one night only, to get together for the fans right before the New Year.”
“I love Jimmy and Mick and Lonnie — very much so. We’re all like brothers; sometimes we’re feuding, sometimes we’re loving, sometimes we’re not talking. But we made some amazing music together. And it was just a wonderful night, man. And hopefully we’ll be able to come, at some point, to some resolve in the future to hopefully play some more shows. I know I’m open to it. I know I would love more than anything to continue on with it with my three other mates.”
Regarding Jimmy D’Anda’s recent Facebook posting in which the drummer claimed that “Marq 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,” Torien said, “Jimmy’s statement was a complete falsehood. Basically, he wasn’t being honest, not only with himself, but with our fans.”
Torien continued, “I penned a letter to all three of my mates to talk about doing something in the future, and Jimmy just never really read the letter and just decided that he was going to air dirty laundy out in public, and myself, Mick, Lonnie, we’ve never done that with this band. It was very hurtful, because I was trying to be very open with my feelings with the letter . . . I also mentioned that I wanted to create something for our fans and our friends, which would be something new musically.
I know Torien struggled keeping the Bulletboys name alive for years while the other members did their own thing, but for Bulletboys to be part of any package rock tour or to play the biggest venues possible, the original lineup needs to get back together. Let’s hope it happens at some point soon.
Here’s performance footage from the Club Vodka gig: