SINGER Mark Torien says he looks back on the reunion of the Bulletboys original line-up in 2011 “with distain and sadness”.
Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda bassist Lonnie Vencent and drummer Jimmy D’Anda reunited on December 30, 2011 at the Key Club in Hollywood and despite declaring from the stage they would never break up again, haven’t played together since.
Sweda, Vencent and D’Anda instead maintain an alternative version of the band called Lies, Deceit and Treachery while Torien continues to play with other musicians under the Bulletboys name.
Asked on the White Line Fever podcast he remembers on the reunion show, Torien says: “I look back on it with disdain and sadness.
“It was supposed to be something that was a magical night for all for of us but, you know, I don’t like to say bad things about musicians or people that I’ve worked with.
“I can just say that it wasn’t supposed to be the way it was and I think I would have been much more ecstatic about it if the members of the band didn’t do certain things that they did
“I didn’t think they were very humble or ingratiated that we were able to play together, that there were people there, that there were fans that were there, that had been waiting for a long time, that were very emotional, and I really don’t think it was looked at as something that was really, really special by the other gentlemen in the band.”
A review of the reunion show can be found here.
Torien continues: “You know, the other gentlemen in the band left the band, left the music and didn’t really believe in the band back in the early nineties. There was always that.
“I’m not a big person that reveres quitters. I’m not a quitter. I try to see things through all the way, to try to carry on no matter what happens. When people quit, to me, it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.
“So when those guys quit on their fans and quit on the band … (it) was something that I thought was very, very special and very loving but it was not looked at that way by the guys in the band.
“There you have it. From there on in, I just kept on moving forward and trying to do the best I can with the musical ability that I have and trying to put out music for people that is at another level.”
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