BulletBoys Get Into Altercation At The Sound Garden


March 7, 2008

Michael Wood recently reviewed a BulletBoys gig in Myrtle Beach in which Marq Torien had to be escorted to the band’s tourbus. The following is the review that appeared on the Weekly Surge website, Myrtle Beach’s free alternative for entertainment:

Excluding House of Blues gigs and bike week events, Myrtle Beach has had about five ’80s metal shows in the past five years. Almost every one of them was a beautiful disaster. From L.A. Guns leaving the stage because someone threw a cigarette at them, Steve Adler of Adler’s Appetite being too screwed up on God-knows-what to play (someone from Bang Tango had to play for him), to the unbelievably amusing crowds (as if these people really have just hibernated since the ’80s, women with hair-sprayed bouffants and men sporting non-ironic mullets). Friday night’s (Feb. 29) BulletBoys show at The Sound Garden was no exception.

Scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m., the show actually started closer to 10 p.m. The first band, Suhgarim, came down from Columbia to play the show. They are a female-fronted band that sounded like they fit the bill well. Taking cues from 80’s metal gods Motley Crue, Suhgarim added some modern influences and dramatics of bands such as Evanescence. There were some major cheese elements, but the band played well and seemed to get the audience warmed up and ready for the rest of the night. The bassist, Mike Davis, gets credit for having the first mullet of the evening (oh, but not the only one).

The break between bands was really long, so I started paying attention to the crowd. And I started seeing more mullets. This was beginning to look like less of an’80s rock show and more like a NASCAR gathering.

Up next: Pyromatic, from Whiteville, N.C. They came in with amazing energy and had the crowd eating out of their hands. The singer, Brett Ward, soundsalmost exactly like Poison lead singer Brett Michaels. I guess it’s no coincidence that Poison is number two on their top friendson Myspace.com. Yet another well-placed act on this bill.

The co-headliners of the evening, Myrtle Beach’s own SharkLegs came to rock, and they did. The sound was a little off, but they played with great energy. They delivered their metallic driving songs fiercely as usual. Their new guitarist, introduced as the only non-ugly band member, Sean Lane, did a great job, despite his “Crocodile Dundee” hat. Ed Tanner, drunk and hilarious as usual, followed that comment by noting that drummer Ryan Kickass, is not ugly, but is so short he looks like a hobbit. Tanner also granted the audience with drunken sex stories (something to do with hooking up with old ladies).

This is where the night started to get really interesting. BulletBoys hit the stage around 1 a.m. Their sound is a little more on the ’70s hard rock side than ’80s hair-metal, which seems to be what they are known for. They can be easily lumped in with such artists as Ted Nugent and Van Halen. After a few songs, singer Marq Torien, says “Fuck you to the opening band for taking all that time playing. You guys came to see the BulletBoys, not them!” This comment didn’t go over so well with SharkLegs, who let the BulletBoys use their equipment. So Sharklegs newcomer Lane actually got on stage to tell them how he felt. Torien quickly called for security. They played a few more songs, eventually getting to their biggest hit, “Smooth Up In Ya.” Members of the SharkLegs were waiting for them beside the stage after their set. Torien was quickly escorted to the backstage area, and on the way he was barely able to dodge punches being thrown at him from audience members and band members alike. He was not a popular man at this moment. Tanner was able to get backstage to talk to Torien and try to get an apology out of him. Unable to do so, Tanner stood up and calmly said, “I’m going to knock your teeth down your throat.” He was quickly escorted out before he could do that. We stood outside next to BulletBoys’ van, and the other members of BulletBoys came out, all apologizing for Torien, and in not so many words explaining that his has-been rock star persona is the reason why he is the only original member left in the band.

To my knowledge, everyone escaped physically unharmed. Being that no one was actually hurt, I don’t feel too bad saying that this was one of the most entertaining moments in Myrtle Beach rock show history. The show was sold out. The music was decent, but by far the highlight was the drama caused by has-been rock star Torien. One thing you can say about these ’80s metal shows Myrtle Beach has been getting more and more of these days is that you just never know what’s going to happen.

Courtesy of www.weeklysurge.com