Saturday, November 9, 2002 @ 9:58 AM
Bulletboys Live at Don Hill's
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Review By: CubNQnsNY
Aside from a slight chill in the October air, it was a calm night to see Bulletboys perform at Don Hill's in NYC. My friend and I got to the club VERY early at 9:00, and the doors weren’t even opened, so after walking around the block a few times, we waited by the door until 9:30 so we could get stamped and come back later.
Well while we were waiting who do I see? Lo and behold, it’s Marq Torien himself, talking on a cell phone giving some unnamed girl his location. I went up and said “Hey” and got him to sign my CD cover to their first album. After he signed it, he introduced me to Jason Hook, his guitarist, who was very cordial and friendly. Marq himself couldn’t have been more gracious, and so I say “Thanks, Marq!”
Well anywhooo, my friend and I left the club after finding out that the band wouldn’t be on until 12:30, and seeing I need to get a few brews down before the show, we ventured more towards civilization and more bars where we chatted up and finally returned to Don Hill's at 11:00. After seeing -- and I say this lightly -- "eclectic" mix of opening acts, Bulletboys finally hit the stage at 1:30 and not the 12:30 as they said.
Opening up with "Hard As A Rock," I felt I was back in ‘89 when I first saw them... I wasn’t disappointed as they went from "Hell on My Heels,” “Shoot the Preacher Down,” “For The Love of Money,” “THC Groove,” “When Pigs Fly,” “Kissin Kitty” (personal favorite), “F#9,” then finishing with, you guessed it, "Smooth up In Ya."
Throughout the show, the band was tight backed by a returning Jimmy D'Anda, who by the way, his wife Lorraine was celebrating her birthday, and get this Anthony Espisito (sorry for the wrong spelling) formerly from Lynch Mob, on bass. Jason Hook's guitar pyrotechnics, despite amp difficulties, made me forget Mick Sweda, and kept the already party atmosphere going. Then there's Marq himself, with rock star posturing and cock on the walk control of the stage, he hit every note with the same conviction and didn’t sound like ten plus years have gone by since Bulletboys hit the scene. Now ‘80s metal maybe passé to most, but for this fan it’s great and exciting to see that some guilty pleasures haven’t disappeared completely.