BulletBoys’ Marq Torien Reunites With Former Drummer At Thuggs Gig
February 28, 2010
Drummer Jimmy D’Anda was joined by his former BulletBoys bandmate Marq Torien for the first time in years at a recent Thuggs show at Long Beach California’s Gaslamp On February 25th. The Thuggs are D’Anda’s new cover band featuring vocalist Andrew Freeman, best known for his work with Lynch Mob and the Offspring. Freeman took over on bass and background vocals when Marq Torien joined the band onstage to perform the BulletBoys classic Smooth Up In Ya.
During the show Torien said, “It’s very loney for me, as a musician, not being able to play with my little brother… Mr. Jimmy D’Anda.” After the show D’Anda stated, “Had some crazy deja vu last night! My old singer from BULLETBOYS came out to see the THUGGS and we ended up doing SMOOTH UP.”
Albert Rowuin of http://albertr.com captured video of the duo reuniting, which can be viewed below.
In releated BulletBoys news, Marq Torien and company will appear on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at The Pittsburgh Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square as part of a benefit for local 80’s metal fan, Darryl Kunkle who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called, Mesothelioma. The show will begin at 6:30pm with a special spiritual tribute to Mr. Kunkle. The show being produced by Lawless Entertainment and will be filmed by local TV show “GlamSLAM28 Presents…The Music Asylum” for future airing, will offer 80’s “hairmetal” fans quite a show for a great cause.
The show will be a full on rock-n-roll spectacular for “The Darryl Kunkle’s KICK CANCER’S ASS” benefit show with “Bang Tango” featuring original lead singer, Joe Leste with Alex Grossi (ex- Quiet Riot, Adler’s Appetite) on guitar, Anthony Focx (Beautiful Creatures) on guitar, Trent Anderson (Dogs Divine, D’Molls) on drums and bassist, Lance Eric (Lunchbox). JUST ADDED to this benefit show in a VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE is “ORIGINAL GUITARST for W.A.S.P.” CHRIS HOLMES! Chris will be jamming a special “W.A.S.P. plus” set with members of Bang Tango and guest lead singers.
Chris Holmes and Alex Grossi will also be making an in-store appearance at the Robinson Township location of GUITAR CENTER from 5-6PM.
Mr. Kunkle recently underwent a 14.5 hour surgery earlier this month to remove a giant tumor from his abdomen to the crust of his diaphragm. While in the I.C.U. Mr. Kunkle awoke to greet his wife, Dianne with a “Hi ‘Sweet Pea”” and later alerted the doctors that in no way shape or form would he be staying in the hospital any longer than needed because he “had a show that he was NOT going to miss.” The doctors feel that they got 99% of the cancer out, but Mr. Kunkle will be undergoing additional Chemotherapy. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is believed to be attributed to exposure to Asbestos. Darryl Kunkle was enlisted in the Air Force stationed in Panama and was trained to work on brake linings that may have been lined with Asbestos. He was also employed by the Nabisco Company for 6 years in which the building he worked was closed for Asbestos removal. This show will benefit Mr. Kunkle’s additional medical and prescription costs. Get tickets at www.showclix.com or by contacting the Hard Rock Cafe by phone at 412-481-ROCK. Tickets are only $13 in advance and $15 at the door.