Red Carpet Interview
1997 Scheduled Featured Guest – 7th annual LA Music Awards “The Bus Boys”
Brian O’Neal and The BusBoys
The BusBoys are one of America’s premiere roots, rock n’ roll band. Having created an American rock classic, “The Boys Are Back In Town,” The BusBoys have taken the lyric line from that song literally and are ready to let the world know that they are indeed ‘back in town,” and ready to rock.
This step into the future is based on their past: it was in the early months of 1980, with the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip as the site, that a group of teenagers forever changed the direction of rock and roll. With a nod to past rock pioneers Chuck Berry and Little Richard, The BusBoys took a step into the future. They were Black, bold, irreverent, and they rocked. It was an auspicious debut for the group who laid the foundation for acceptance of black rock and rollers who now regularly climb the charts.
The BusBoys took rhythm and blues roots and fireballed them into a blazing, amazing multi-dimensional rock and roll career trail. Under the creative and musical leadership of founder Brian O’Neal, they lit up the big and small screen, full-tilted the concert stage and collected multitudes of fans.
Their work has been released on four major label albums, including the multi-platinum soundtrack for “Ghostbusters” which earned a Grammy nomination. The group toured extensively, either headlining or co-headlining with many top acts, including Linda Ronstadt, Brian Setzer and The Stray Cats, ZZ Top and Eddie Murphy. During their many television appearances, they rocked “American Bandstand,” “Soul Train,” “Rock Concert” and
“Saturday Night Live.”
But they are no doubt best known for their internationally acclaimed on-screen performance in the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte Paramount Pictures blockbuster, “48 HRS.” The performance of several original songs lit up the film, most notably the song destined to become a classic:
“The Boys Are Back In Town.”
In the mid-90s, the band reduced their performing schedule, but continued to place songs on soundtrack albums for major Hollywood studios including Paramount, Tri-Star, Disney, and Columbia Pictures. They also contributed their musical talent to a series of national television commercials for Anheuser Busch, Electronic Arts, and the NBA.
The Boys also collaborated with singer/songwriter Brian O’Neal for an on-screen performance in the critically acclaimed Denzel Washington/Jennifer Beales Tri-Star film, “Devil In A Blue Dress.”
At the end of the 90s, the band’s long-awaited “Boy Are Back In Town” CD was released. Happily for the longtime fans, this most well known BusBoys title track finally became available to radio and to the consumers who always wanted a copy all their own, but had only been able to enjoy it during airings of 48 HRS.
The band continues to work on new releases from their Recorded Collection “Sex, Love and Rock & Roll,” having already released two singles, “It Must Be Saturday Night” and “City’s On Fire” from the documentary film
The BusBoys are also sharing their rock, roll and soul talents live, on stage, with some other gifted performers as Special Guests. These include Ray Parker, Jr., Otis Day of
Otis Day and The Knights and Willie Chambers of the Chambers Brothers.
After over thirty years of innovative composing and dynamic performing, the group recently released The Best of The BusBoys, available via iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-the-busboys/id597795975?uo=4 and other digital outlets. The collection captures a snap shot of some of the bands most well known work, providing an opportunity for listeners and fans old and new, to enjoy the music and perspective of the group that the Wall Street Journal said was “–launching an assault on the musical mainstream. A remarkable rock band.”
2013 features big plans for a hard working band. BusBoys TV, a new television show featuring The BusBoys and Special Guests is currently in production. The show features live performances, vintage footage, rock and roll stories and other points of interest and entertainment and will be featured on www.youtube.com/TheBusBoys and selected local cable outlets.
The majority of The BusBoys’ new projects are being distributed digitally, making for easy, minimum wage access to the band. You can find the new singles, classic catalogue material and alternate, never before released selections of BusBoys music at the bands ever growing website, www.busboys.com.
The best news of all is this band, which has been called “the most exciting act in rock and roll,” continues to perform their unique, high energy American roots, rock and soul live. If youre going to a BusBoys show be advised: put on your dancing shoes and get ready for the all world, big school, butt bumpin, rock & roll, rhythm and blues of Brian O’Neal and The BusBoys – – spread the word: BACK!!