BulletBoys were one of the most original rock bands of the late 80â€™s â€“ their music was compared with the best releases by Van Halen, yet the group managed to work out their own style.Â Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of â€œBehind the Orange Curtainâ€, the ultimate live collection of BulletBoysâ€™ greatest hits, performed on a breathtaking show at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California.Â It wass aÂ dazzling performance which featured all of the bandâ€™s most memorable songs, such as â€œHard As A Rockâ€, â€œFor The Love Of Moneyâ€ and â€œSmooth Up In Yaâ€. The release brilliantly recovers the oldâ€“school rockâ€™nâ€™roll vibe, bringing a set of classic rock compositions which havenâ€™t aged a bit!
â€œBehind the Orange Curtainâ€ is a dream come true for all fans of both BulletBoys and classic hard rock itself! This live set of the bandâ€™s greatest hits will take you all the way back to the 80â€™s, delivering a truly unforgettable rock experience. New digipak edition, limited to numerated 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc will be available on 5thÂ May 2008 (Europe only).
â€œBehind The Orange Curtainâ€ (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1155 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Release date: 05.05.2008 Europe
1. Hard As A RockÂ
2. Hell On My HeelsÂ
3. Shoot The PreacherÂ
4. For The Love Of MoneyÂ
5. Hang on St. ChristopherÂ
6. The Groove
7. When Pigs FlyÂ
11. Shake Me AwakeÂ
12. Smooth Up
It all started back in 1988 after the split-up of a mid-80â€™s rock band called King Kobra. Three members of that group â€“ vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda and bassist Lonnie Vincent – decided to form their own project, with the help of young drummer Jimmy Dâ€™Anda. But the band didnâ€™t have an easy start at all. For some time all of the BulletBoys literally starved in LA until finally they managed to sign a record deal. In an interview with Gary James soon after the release of their debut album, Lonnie Vincent recalls the harsh times that the group had to go through at the beginning: â€œ(â€¦) we were badly in debt, all of us, we were broke, and very disgusted because we knew the talent we hadâ€. Luckily, the talent got noticed in time. â€œWhen we felt we were ready to showcase, our manager Dave Kaplan set up 6 major labels in 6 days.â€ â€“ says Vincent. â€œOne day it was Geffen. The next day E.M.I./Manhattan was down, the next day Warner Bros., the next day Chrysalis, and so on. We would play for them, and basically you could feel the vibe. Someone would say, Yeah it sounds pretty good, you ought to develop a following and call us back, and we’ll come back to check you out. We said OK, thank you for your time. See ya. (â€¦) When Warner Bros, came in it was Roberta Peterson, who is Ted Templeman’s sister, her and Felix Chamberlain are the Warner Bros, people who came down to see us. She loved the band so much, she went home and called her brother and said ‘ Hey, you gotta get down here and see these guys.’ Ted came down the next day with his sister Roberta and we played him 40 songs, and he stood up and said, â€˜Let’s make a recordâ€™.â€ Vincent admits that this was what the whole group was waiting for: â€œIt just couldn’t have come along at a better time, because I don’t know how long the band could’ve lasted without some financial help. We had a lot of good people around us, moral support.â€ The deal with Warner Bros. brought two full-length albums: â€œBulletBoysâ€ (1988) and â€œFreakshowâ€ (1991). Both releases became a great success, selling in over a million copies worldwide. The critics compared these albums to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen (mainly because of Marq Torienâ€™s similar vocal style, but also because both bands used the same producer, Ted Templeman). Unfortunately, in 1993 BulletBoys decided to split up for personal reasons. However, the name BulletBoys was still used by Torien and Vincent â€“ in 1995 they recorded an alternative-inspired album called â€œAcid Monkeyâ€, which nevertheless had little to do musically with the groupâ€™s previous works. All of the bands members reunited in 2000 to record the album â€œGreatest Hits: Burning Cats and Amputeesâ€. Three years later Torien and Vincent recorded another BulletBoys album entitled â€œSophieâ€ (featuring vocal performances by ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach).
In 2007 a historical moment took place at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, California, where BulletBoys reunited for a dazzling performance which featured all of the bandâ€™s most memorable songs, such as â€œHard As A Rockâ€, â€œFor The Love Of Moneyâ€ and â€œSmooth Up In Yaâ€. The release brilliantly recovers the oldâ€“school rockâ€™nâ€™roll vibe, bringing a set of classic rock compositions which havenâ€™t aged a bit!