86 Bullets is a rock band that brings powerful sound as well as incredible enthusiasm and energy to every performance. These boys were born to rock! Only three months after forming 86 Bullets debuted at the 2016 M3 Rock Festival in 2016 sharing the stage with legendary hard rock bands Tesla, Queensryche, Night Ranger and Motley Crue’s very own Vince Neil. Due to the huge buzz their amazing performance at M3 generated, 86 Bullets exposure on radio stations is steadily increasing and the band would love to take you along for the ride!
86 Bullets have a heavy sound with a pop sensibility and a setlist that gets everyone to stand up and take notice. Not only does this band rock a crowd, they rule, conquer and take no prisoners. On April 30, 2017, the Baltimore-based rockers released their dynamic new album Agents of Absolution featuring the single “A Beautiful Lie.” The track quickly became a favorite of numerous hard rock radio outlets.
The members of this band are all long-time veterans of the Mid-Atlantic music scene and are some of the area’s finest musicians, each with their own following of fans and musicians alike. Steve, Chris, Eric, and Jerry oppose the abuse and exploitation of animals, children, and anyone else that cannot speak or defend themselves and it is their passion for animal rights that led to the naming of the band.
Question About the Name: How Many Bullets Does It Take To Like an Elephant?
Tyke was an African elephant who performed with Circus International of Honolulu, Hawaii. During a performance on August 20, 1994, she killed her trainer, Allen Campbell, and injured her groomer, Dallas Beckwith. Tyke bolted from the arena and ran through the streets of the Kakaako central business district for more than thirty minutes. Police fired 86 shots at the animal, who eventually collapsed from the wounds and died. Tyke became symbolic of circus tragedies and a symbol for animal rights.
Allen Campbell’s autopsy revealed that he had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. Officials at the Denver Zoo confirmed that there were complaints of animal abuse filed against Campbell during the late 1980s when he operated an elephant and camel ride concession in the city. The Tyke incident inspired legislation on local levels in Hawaii and abroad.
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Steve Graybeal // lead vocals
Chris “Shredder” Elliot // guitar
Eric “Rock Star” Dee // bass
Jerry “Jyro” Oxendine // drums
86 Bullets Online
86 Bullets (2020) Melodic Revolution Records CD & Digital
Burn (2020) Digital Single
Animals and Angels (EP) 2018 Melodic Revolution Records CD & Digital
The Elephant in the Room (EP) self-released October 2017 CD & Digital
Agents of Absolution (EP) self-released May 2017 CD & Digital
This is the official music video for “Begin Your Life Again” from the EP Agents of Absolution.