BULLETBOYS separated from the original members Jimmy D’Anda (battery) and Mick swede (guitar).
Mick said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We as BULLETBOYS had to play the whiskey [A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on December 16], and, unfortunately, at the last minute, realized that Lonnie [Vencent] was not going to be able to do it. So, this kind of concert went down in the tubes. And if the truth was known, this concert had to be Jimmyis the last. He decided he was not going to continue.
âAnyone who knows anything about this group knows that volatility has been a huge part of both their success and everything in between,â he continued. âSo that was something we expected to deal with at the whiskey concert. was not sure at that point, that was how it was all going to turn out. I guess there was a hope that everything would be resolved and we would play the concert and everyone would be happy and we could come to a resolution; at least that was my fervent hope. But it was not to be. And so, as a result of all of this, I also decided that I would not continue with BULLETBOYS.
“So unfortunately even though there are some concerts booked, and I’m sure they will be played, you won’t see Jimmy and you won’t see me at these concerts. So despite all the pictures you see, whatever press you see, BULLETBOYS will unfortunately no longer be the original members. And I’m sure that will never happen again. “
Sweden went on to reiterate that “BULLETBOYS, whatever form it will take, is not is going to be all original. It will not include me; he will not include Jimmy. So these shows that you will see advertised, just know they are coming in. And don’t hesitate to spread the word, too, because obviously my main concern is that people expect one thing and get another, and we sure can’t have that. “
As to why he and From Anda chose to leave BULLETBOYS two years after the announcement of the reunion of the group’s original formation, Sweden said: “In the past, I know it has been said that anyone who is not in BULLETBOYS abandoned the fans. And that may or may not be something that you will hear in interviews or whatever. And believe me he has nothing to do with stopping the fans and everything to do with not wanting to go down a path that’s strewn with conflict, mistrust, bitterness and everything in between.
âIt is really, at this point in our lives, imperative – at least for me; I will speak for myself here – that I simply remove all forms of toxicity,â he explained. “And I’m sure you all understand that it can’t be a part of my life anymore. And the fact that we’re all original and have good shows and have a good time playing the shows – it doesn’t there’s no doubt about it; I had a wonderful time and couldn’t wait to do it throughout 2022 – but once it gets to a point where it’s toxic you can’t have it in your life …
“I’m grateful that everyone understands, and I apologize to you. I was really looking forward to it being a great race, a great year and finding a way out. But it’s not. not the case.”
The original BULLETBOYS The lineup made a live return in December 2019 with a sold-out performance at Whiskey A Go Go.
Aside from a show in 2011, original BULLETBOYS members From Anda, Sweden, Vencent and singer Marq Torien hadn’t played together since 1993.
BULLETBOYS formed in 1988 at the height of the Los Angeles glam metal movement. As a collection of talented musicians, BULLETBOYS have managed to quickly capture the attention of music fans around the world. Unlike other rockers of the time, the BULLETBOYS had more hard rock-blues fusion than pure hair metal. Through comparisons with people like AEROSMITH and VAN HALEN, talent scouts rushed in and the group quickly received their first contract with a major record label.
BULLETBOYS” the eponymous debut album was released in 1988 via Warner Bros. and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two hit singles, a cover of the O’JAYS classic “For the love of money” and “Smooth in Ya”, both of which have been featured on the Mainstream Rock charts and have been featured regularly on MTV. BULLETBOYS went on to release two more albums, 1991 “Freakshow” and the years 1993 “Za-Za”, before going their separate ways.