Marq Torien

Last updated
Marq Torien
MarqTorien.jpg
Marq Torien, July 2008 at the South Texas Rock Fest
Background information
Birth nameMark Joseph Maytorena
Born (1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, congas
Years active1980s-present
Associated acts Ratt, Hawk, King Kobra, BulletBoys, Love/Hate

Marq Torien (born Mark Joseph Maytorena on September 22, 1961 in Los Angeles, California) is the lead singer of the hard rock act BulletBoys. He is the only member to have remained with the group since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1988.

Contents

History

Prior to BulletBoys, Torien was a guitarist in the then-unsigned band Ratt, a guitarist for the band Hawk, a member of Motown recording artists Kagny & the Dirty Rats, a lead vocalist briefly for the band King Kobra., [1] and the lead vocalist of the band Marquis/Touch.

In addition to periodic BulletBoys ventures, Torien's solo projects included Sexual Chocolate, Ten-Cent Billionaires, and This.

Torien added vocals on the track "Texas Lawman" From The Regulators on their 1993 self-titled album on Polygram/Polydor.

Torien provided lead vocals for two tracks on Cherry St.'s second album Monroe in 1994. The tracks being "Dogtown" and "One More Tonight"

In the book Off the Rails by Rudy Sarzo, Sarzo tells a story about Torien's audition for the Ozzy Osbourne band after the death of Randy Rhoads as the group's guitarist.

Discography

with Bulletboys

Related Research Articles

Quiet Riot American heavy metal band

Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni. The band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

King Kobra is an American hard rock band, founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne from 1983 to 1984. During the time of their first two albums, the band consisted of four relatively unknown musicians that included vocalist Marcie Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol records—Ready to Strike and Thrill of a Lifetime (1986)—and an independent release entitled King Kobra III in 1988, Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.

Keel is an American heavy metal band founded in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. They are known for their rock anthem "The Right to Rock." The band was active until 1989, with a brief reunion in 1998. Keel reunited again in 2008 and toured in 2009 for their 25th anniversary. Although the band is still active to this day, they have not released any new material since 2010.

Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina, formed in 1982. The band has undergone multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with guitarist Woody Weatherman as the sole constant member. Weatherman, founding bassist Mike Dean, founding drummer Reed Mullin, and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan are widely regarded as its 'classic' line-up. After a hiatus in 2006, Corrosion of Conformity returned in 2010 without Keenan, who had been busy touring and recording with Down, but announced their reunion with him in December 2014.

BulletBoys

BulletBoys is an American heavy metal group. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1986. The group's original lineup was composed of former Ratt and Kagny and the Dirty Rats guitarist/King Kobra lead vocalist Marq Torien (vocals), former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda. The group released two successful albums and had a number of singles featured on MTV between 1988 and 1991. From the 1990s onward, the group went through numerous lineup changes, with the exception of Torien who remained the only consistent member, which featured musicians such as Steven Adler, Jason Hook and DJ Ashba. The original band reunited for one show in December 2011 before disbanding again. In December 2019, BulletBoys original lineup reunited again for a show at the Whiskey A Go Go.

Manic Eden were a short-lived hard rock band consisting of former members of Whitesnake and Little Caesar.

Lynch Mob was an American hard rock band featuring former Dokken guitarist George Lynch. He has been the band's only permanent member.

Hurricane is an American heavy metal band formed in 1983, originally featuring current Foreigner lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay Schellen (drums). Cavazo and Sarzo are the younger brothers of Quiet Riot's Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo.

Jörg Fischer is a German guitar player, primarily known for his work with the band Accept. He joined the band towards the end of the recording of their self-titled debut album and plays on the albums I'm a Rebel and Breaker until leaving before the recording of the fourth album Restless and Wild. After the recording of Balls to the Wall was completed he was asked to rejoin the band. Fischer appears on the albums Metal Heart and Russian Roulette. By this time his role had diminished mainly to rhythm guitarist, although featured on lead guitar on the songs "Living for Tonite", "Wrong Is Right', "Aiming High", "Another Second to Be" and "Lay Down the Law". Fischer left the band again around 1988.

<i>BulletBoys</i> (album) 1988 studio album by BulletBoys

BulletBoys is the self-titled first album from the American glam metal band BulletBoys, released in 1988. The cover art is a copy of ".30 Bullet Piercing an Apple" by Harold Eugene Edgerton. The album features the hit "Smooth Up In Ya" as well as a cover of The O'Jay's song "For the Love of Money". The album reached No. 34 in the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold in 1989 selling over 500,000 copies.

<i>Freakshow</i> (BulletBoys album) 1991 studio album by BulletBoys

Freakshow is the second album by the glam metal band BulletBoys. It was released in 1991 by Warner Bros. Records. It is the follow-up to their successful self-titled debut.

<i>Za-Za</i> 1993 studio album by BulletBoys

Za-Za is the third album from the hard rock band BulletBoys, released in 1993. This was their last album released by Warner Bros. Records, and the final one produced by Ted Templeman.

<i>Acid Monkey</i> 1995 studio album by BulletBoys

Acid Monkey is the fourth album from the glam metal band BulletBoys, released in 1995 on Swordholio Records. The album marks a change in direction and style after the breakup of the band in 1993, featuring more of an alternative rock and pop punk influence, with singer Marq Torien and bassist Lonnie Vencent continuing to release albums under the BulletBoys name. Torien and Vincent were joined by guitarist Tommy Pittam and drummer Robby Karras for this album.

<i>10¢ Billionaire</i> 2009 studio album by BulletBoys

10¢ Billionaire is the sixth album released by the hard rock band BulletBoys. It was released in the summer of 2009 on Chavis Records. The album was produced by Brent Woods and written by Marq Torien. It received limited amount of promotion as the record company ceased trading.

<i>Sophie</i> (album) 2003 studio album by BulletBoys

Sophie is the fifth studio album by the heavy metal band BulletBoys. The album was released October 24, 2003, and was produced by Andy Johns. The album was self-released by the band through their own label, Bulletboys Records.

<i>Welcome to Blue Island</i> 2003 studio album by Enuff Znuff

Welcome to Blue Island was the final recording of new studio material by Enuff Z'nuff before lead singer Donnie Vie left the group in 2002. As a result, Vie did not tour to support the album. However, the band continued playing shows at this time with lead guitarist Monaco taking over vocal duties. As was common for the band, Welcome To Blue Island was released first in Japan, where it charted at #90.

<i>From Out of the Skies</i> 2018 studio album by BulletBoys

From Out of the Skies is the ninth studio album by the American hard rock band BulletBoys. The album was released March 23, 2018 on Frontiers Records. The track "D-Evil" features a guest appearance by Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal. The album was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California.

Rocked and Ripped is the seventh studio album by the American rock band BulletBoys. The album was released August 31, 2011 on Cleopatra Records. The album consists entirely of cover songs. In addition to the 15 cover songs, the album also features a re-recorded version of the band's 1988 hit "Smooth Up In Ya".

Elefante is the seventh studio album by the American rock band BulletBoys. The album was released June 9, 2015 on Cleopatra Records. A music video was made for the track "Rollover".

References

  1. "Metal Sludge 20 Questions with Marq Torien". Metal Sludge. Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-01-01.