The Armed Alliance tour featuring Bullet Boys and Gunzo ripped and teared through New York City.
Summer concerts are in full swing in New York, along with humidity and heat advisories. During the month of July NYC hosted a wealth of memorable performances such as Heart, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, and Def Leppard. Tuesday night was no exception as Marq Torien and his Bullet Boys headlined the Gramercy Theatre. Joining in on the action was GUNZO, a Tracii Guns led band featuring Rudy SarZO (get it?) on bass. The night also featured Swedish/Canadian rockersÂ Killer Bee.
Tracci Guns has been involved in many projects during his long career, and just like the previous ones, he has surrounded himself with excellent musicians. Guns collaborated with the incomparable journeyman bassist Rudy Sarzo, who has played with just about every hard rock band imaginable. Guns also features vocalist Keith St. John (Burning Rain, Montrose) and Shane Fitzgibbon on drums. With this kind of line up it’s only fitting that the set list would include songs from the different bands they were apart of. The band is touring in support of their last studio album Elefante.
GUNZO ripped into their set with the LA GUNS classic, “Rip And Tear,” and the audience showed approval by raising their fists and drinks in the air. Other set highlights included Â Osbourne’s “I Don’t Know,” “Crazy Train,” and the fan favorite “Ballad Of Jayne.” Vocalist Keith St. John certainly has the chops and proved it with every song that GUNZO played.Â A nod was given to him in the form of the Montrose hit “Rock Candy.” Though it was a good choice it would have been great to see St. John perform a Montrose tune from his time with the band. Nevertheless, the audience was very receptive. Prior to the show there was lots of buzz circulating their performance, and the crowd came away pleased.
After a brief intermission it was time for the to take the stage. They kicked of their set with “Born to Breed” from their 2009 album, 10 Cent Billionaire which had the audience singing and dancing along.
Marq TorienÂ may be the last original member of the band, but he proves to be the most important one. Besides vocals he has taken over some of the lead guitar duties over the years. Speaking of his vocals, Torien’s voice hasnâ€™t changed since the bandâ€™s debut CD from 1988. He owns the stage commanding attention with his energetic performance.