Guitarist Mick Sweda joins Sonny and Steven to talk about his current band Lies, Deceit, & Treachery, as well as his time in the Bulletboys and King Kobra. Sweda is joined in Lies, Deceit & Treachery by two other original members of Bulletboys plus Last In Line frontman Andrew Freeman. We chat about some of the trials and tribulation of the music business and get into his earliest musical memories.
What's The Story?
We use the term "desert island" album a lot on this show. For both Sonny and I, the Bulletboys debut album falls into that category. Like so many others, I discovered the Bulletboys through the "Smooth Up In Ya" video on MTV, quickly went out and got the album, and became a fan. In addition to the Bulletboys record, I was also a fan of the King Kobra debut, and although not a "desert island" record, I was known to crank it up from time to time. So it was a real pleasure to speak to Mick, who was absolutely cool as hell and very gracious with his time. - Steven Michael
Mick Sweda is a songwriter, guitarist and singer born in Gowanda, New York on April 18, 1960. After attending college on a drama scholarship and touring the east coast with various bands, Sweda moved to Los Angeles. He spent time in various musical projects, including the band Stormtrooper whose Armies of the Night EP surfaced in 1985.
In 1984, he was approached by Carmine Appice to join his new band King Kobra, which had been signed to Capitol Records. Sweda recorded two records with King Kobra (Ready to Strike and Thrill of a Lifetime) and toured extensively, opening for bands such as Iron Maiden, Kiss and Ted Nugent. Sweda left the band in 1987 and started BulletBoys with Lonnie Vencent and Marq Torien, the latter of whom had briefly served as King Kobra's lead singer. The band signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988. Upon the release of their eponymous debut, the band toured extensively opening for bands such as Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and others, as well as headlining theaters. BulletBoys recorded two more records for Warner Bros. (Freakshow and Za-Za) and supported both records with tours before Sweda left the band in 1993.
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