The 80s were a time of musical decadence and the kings were the hair bands, specifically those associated with Sunset Strip. The Bulletboys came on to the Sunset Strip scene a bit later but left their mark on the 80s the same as their predecessors. Their legacy was celebrated at Liquid Joes in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday November 16, 2017 as they rocked an intimate crowd into the early hours of the morning.
The evening started off with three local bands Limitless, One Way Only and Az-Iz.
The Bulletboys hit the stage around 11:00 and from their first song sounded amazing. Singer Marq Torien’s voice has held up amazingly over the years. He has defiantly taken care of what got him where he is today. The band was tight from the added guitar work of Nick Rozz to the bass of Chad MacDonald. The crowd was in for a special treat as legendary drummer Phil Varone filled in for Joaquin Revuelta. For those who don’t know Phil, he is a founding member of Saigon Kick and past drummer for Skid Row.
As the Bulletboys continued to play, a large amount of their set was comprised of songs from their debut self-titled album that hit the streets back in 1988. Songs like “Hard as a Rock” and “Kissin Kitty” brought the crowd to a roar, as did one of my favorite Bulletboys’ songs, “Hell on my Heels.” They also played songs from their 2015 release Elefante. “Symphony,” which is from that album, is a great track and it was a treat to hear in a live setting.
As the night came to an end, it would not have been complete without hearing the Bulletboys’ breakthrough song “Smooth Up.” The crowd erupted in cheer as the band hit the first few notes of the song. This was the perfect way to cap off a fun and nostalgic evening.
It was great to hear all of the classic songs that have brought the Bulletboys success and entertained the world. It was also a bonus to hear more recent songs that keep the band relevant in today’s world. That being said, by the sounds of the band I would say the Bulletboys have quite a few more years in them to entertain both the young and the old.