Mick Sweda reveals that he and drummer Jimmy D’Anda are no longer part of the BulletBoys

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Mick Sweda reveals that he and drummer Jimmy D’Anda are no longer part of the BulletBoys

Big news in the BulletBoys camp as the reunited original line-up of lead vocalist Marq Torien, guitarist Mick Sweda, bassist Lonnie Vencent and drummer Jimmy D’Anda are no longer together. In December 2019, the BulletBoys announced that their original line-up was reuniting again and would be releasing new music together. The reunited line-up did play a number of shows together but no new music was released in the last two years.

The group was supposed to play the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, USA on December 16, 2021 but the gig turned into an acoustic gig from Torien with Sweda making the following comments on Facebook earlier that day:

“It is with great sadness and disappointment I have to announce that BBoys will not be playing the Whiskey gig tonight due to circumstances beyond our control. I was very much looking forward to hitting it hard with all of you and hope for a redo in the future. My apologies to you. It sucks…badly.”

Sweda made a video announcement on his Facebook page last night (on January 3, 2022) to provide more insight on what happened on the day of the Whisky gig and the changes in the BulletBoys line-up going forward. Sweda stated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx):

“Without further ado, we, as the BulletBoys, were scheduled to play the Whisky and unfortunately, at the last minute, we realized that Lonnie wasn’t going to be able to make it. So that gig kind of went down the tubes and if the truth would be known, that would have been — hey, happy new year Lori — to be known, that gig was Jimmy‘s last. He decided that he wasn’t going to continue on and anybody knows — hi Roberta, happy new year — anybody that knows anything about this band knows that volatility was a huge component in both its success and everything else. And, though that was something that we expected to deal with at the Whisky gig, what I wasn’t sure about at that point was how it was all going to turn out. I suppose that there was a hope that everything would be resolved and we would play the gig, and everybody would be happy and we could come to some resolution. That was my fervent hope but it was not to be.

And so, as a result of all that, I have also decided that I will not be continuing on with BulletBoys, So unfortunately, even though there are gigs booked, I am sure that they will be played. You won’t be seeing Jimmy and you won’t be seeing me at these gigs so in spite of whatever pictures that you see, in spite of whatever press you see — hey Eric, how are you doing buddy? — sorry, I keep interrupting. It’s probably not very good, especially at a time like this. But yeah, BulletBoys is not going to be unfortunately the all-original members anymore and I am very sure that it won’t be ever again. So, as unfortunate as that is, I certainly have plenty to do, obviously with the Hot Summers album, which I am in the process of finishing up. It’s closer than ever! I know, yeah, yeah, yeah Mick. You’ve been talking about it for, I don’t know, ten years. But it is much closer now and you should be hearing more from Hot Summers in the near future, and we’re looking forward to getting out there and doing our business, and playing new songs, which I love, for you guys. So, that’s the good news. Like I said, the bad news is that the BulletBoys in whatever form it’s going to take is not going to be all original. It won’t include myself. It won’t include Jimmy.

So these shows that you’ll see advertised, know that going in and feel free to spread the word too because obviously, my main concern is that people are expecting one thing and getting another, and we definitely can’t have that. In the past, I know that it’s been brought up that anybody who isn’t in BulletBoys — hi Michelle, yeah that sucks, thank you — has you know quit on the fans. And that may or may not be something you’ll hear in interviews and whatever, and trust me, it has nothing to do with quitting on fans and everything to do with just not wanting to travel down a path that is fraught with strife and distrust and bitterness, and everything else. It’s really at this point in our lives, imperative, I’ll speak for myself here, that I remove all forms of toxicity and I’m sure all of you understand, it just can’t be a part of my life anymore. And the fact that we were all original and you know having some good shows, and having a great time playing the shows. There is no doubt about that. I had a wonderful time and I was looking forward to doing it all of 2022 but once it gets to a point where it’s poisonous, you can’t have that in your life and you all know that. We’ve all had to go through the same thing at certain times, I’m sure.

So, I’m grateful that everybody understands and I apologize to you. I was really looking forward to this being a nice run, and being a nice year, and you know finding a way to make our way through it but that is not to be. so for anybody who is joining late, I’m not going to be a part of any BulletBoys shows in the coming year or ever at that point, at this point. Just look forward to the Hot Summers is to come out. Shane [Tassart] and I are working fervently on these — and feverishly too — on these mixes so that will be forthcoming and I’ll have plenty of time to finish it up now so anyway, that’s the announcement. Like I said, I just want you to know that you know, in spite of everything you hear, everything you see, I’m here for you guys and I look forward to seeing you in some form or another very soon and just remember that when you’re going out to see BulletBoys, it’s not going to be all original.

The problem is that — I spoke to somebody about this today — ummm, some of the promoters are either a) unscrupulous, or b) don’t care, or c) just unaware of some of these things so you may very well see a picture of me out there as a BulletBoy and that will be 100% inaccurate. So there it is. Enough of that. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer. Yeah, thanks Chris. I know. And yeah, everybody, everybody knew there was a shelf life. It goes without saying. Anything and in particular with this band — thank you Debbie [inaudible] I love it — but you know, like I said, we were hoping to continue this on in the year and make some real how are you over the summer and beyond. So, that’s the reality and the sucky thing for me is that I’m not going to be seeing you guys as I thought but it doesn’t mean that I won’t be seeing you soon. Yeah, thank you guys. I appreciate all the kind words. Yes, stay in touch with me. Stay in touch with our Hot Summers page. Just know that I’m here always and looking forward to seeing you guys and not repeating myself over and over. But if that’s what it takes, ha! So, anyway, love you guys and stay safe. Be careful…”