Rock Chain # 24: Bullet Boy


Marq Torien was Bulletboys frontman. Bulletboys was a Hard Rock band that had its first three records produced by none other than Ted Templeman.

Ted Templeman, obviously, became a world famous producer working with Van Halen.

Van Halen’s album Diver Down had a lot of covers and yielded a hilarious video for the track “Pretty Woman”, a cover of the Roy Orbinson tune.

Roy Orbinson was a member of the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

Jeff Lynne, who resurrected his band ELO and released a new album last year, also produced in 2015, Bryan Adams’ album Get Up!

Bryan Adams in the very beginning of his career helped Kiss out on Creatures of The Night co-writing “Rock and Roll Hell” and “War Machine” with Jim Vallance and Gene Simmons.

Gene Simmons produced Black N’ Blue’s third album Nasty Nasty when the band had in its ranks a guitar player called Tommy Thayer.

Tommy Thayer then worked with Kiss, before actually joining the band in make-up replacing Ace Frehley. He was chosen because Bruce Kulick didn’t want to wear Ace’s make-up.

Bruce Kulick is also a fine bass player. Actually, he plays bass on a lot of Kiss songs and on three songs on the album Live to Win the second solo effort by Paul Stanley.

Paul Stanley’s real name is actually Stanley Eisen but he added the “Paul” to honor two of his greatest idols: Paul McCartney and Paul Rodgers.

Paul Rodgers played with some of the greatest guitar players ever: Paul Kossof, Mick Ralphs, Jimmy Page, Brian May and in his solo band the modern version of Bad Company with Howard Leese.

Howard Leese achieved fame and fortune playing with Heart.

Heart once had in is ranks bassist Mike Inez who knew the Wilson sisters from Seattle due to his days with Alice In Chians and also played in Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

Ozzy Osbourne needed a guitarist to replace Randy Rhoads after his tragic death in the middle of the Diary of a Madman tour. The spot was eventually filled by Brad Gillis but do you know who they actually tested and rehearsed for the gig? Yes, future Bulletboys vocalist, Marq Torien.

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