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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!!
Ladies, gentlemen, friends and fans in 2014 The BusBoys are moving and grooving, serving their special brand of musical entertainment via TV, films, recordings and live shows.
Starting this April 12th and 13th at the Rampart Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, and May 8th 11th at the Riverside Resort and Casino in Laughlin, The BusBoys and Special Guest Otis Day will be performing a series of tour dates they’ve entitled Roll the Dice. For more information go to our news page on this site and check in on us at www.facebook.com/thebusboys.
After over thirty years of innovative, unique performance and songwriting, the band The LA Times called “revolutionary” has released The Best of The BusBoys -.
This digital collection features songs from all of their recordings, with subjects ranging from nuclear destruction on “D Day,” to gentrification on “There Goes The Neighborhood” to the first person testimony of Minimum Wage. Of course, the bands signature song “The Boys Are Back In Town” and other tracks from their on screen performance in the Paramount blockbuster “48 HRS.” are included. If you like great rock, roll and soul, its a must for your collection.
Speaking of hot, The BusBoys single “City’s On Fire” from the upcoming “Freeway City” Soundtrack continues the bands scorching and creative social commentary. It was inspired by Brian’s memories of the Watts Riots and is powerful, insightful new music. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the preview featured on this page.
The track and The Best of The BusBoys is available on iTunes and other digital outlets, with more information, interviews and pictures going forward here and at www.facebook.com/TheBusBoys
“City’s On Fire” and other songs are from the soundtrack for the documentary film “Freeway City”, which tells the story of the City of Gardena where Brian and many of the original members of The BusBoys grew up and went to school.
“I’m glad to be doing a project that highlights the place the band got started and that gives me a chance to reconnect with so many of my old friends and stomping grounds” says Brian. The film is supported by the Normandie Casino, other local business and community leaders in Gardena, including former Assemblyman Paul Bannai and Councilman Ronald K. Ikejiri and is scheduled for a 2014 release.
BusBoys TV has officially begun filming. The show features live, in studio performances of material from The BusBoys catalogue, as well as appearances by guest artists and musicians playing and singing unique arrangements of some of their songs. Short, webisodes from the show are being previewed on www.facebook/thebusboys and on www.youtube.com/TheBusBoys
Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheBusBoys, let us know what you think of what you’ve seen so far. There are also new and vintage pictures, plus special, updates and videos.
We want to call your attention to the availability of BusBoys’ music on our site via the Store Tab. “Minimum Wage Rock and Roll,” the music from our debut effort, is there at affordable pricing, re-mastered to play full blast into your digital world. There is also our “Boys Are Back In Town” CD, featuring songs from the film classic “48 HRS.” that are still full of fun and excitement.
Good things come to those who wait and “We’ve been waitin’ for a long time – -”
The Soundtrack for “48 HRS.” from the Paramount Pictures blockbuster of the same name has been released. For more about the release click on the News tab above, where you can also get a limited edition, autographed copy.
If you want to kick off a weekend with a rock and roll, move and groove vibe, check out “It Must Be Saturday Night,” from the new BusBoys Recorded Collection. This song is guaranteed to move you and get you pumped up for whatever your weekend pleasure may be.
The band is also working on a documentary about the Ghostbusters movies, “Cleaning Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters.” As you may know, The BusBoys were nominated for a Grammy for their song “Cleanin’ Up The Town” from the original Ghostbusters film. The new documentary is being produced by British company Bueno Productions, under the direction of Anthony and Claire Bueno. Anthony is a gifted director and has successfully interviewed the Ghostbusters cast, crew and production team, including director Ivan Rietman, singer Ray Parker and Brian O’Neal. The band was recently filmed doing their Grammy nominated track for potential inclusion in the documentary. “We wanted to do something live and intimate, so we sat in my living room around the piano and recorded the song. It’s The BusBoys making music in the spirit of the true soul of rock and roll,” says Brian.
To see the trailer for the documentary click:
For booking information contact – Steve Selak
The BusBoys continue to serve fine rock, roll and soul into the 21st Century.
Thanks for the support and stay tuned!