LIVE AT FUBAR STL-5/23/19
What do you get when you combine a bit of Rob Zombie with a splash of Motorhead and a LOT of in-your-face rock and roll? You get Beasto Blanco. For those not in the know,Beasto Blanco formed in 2012 and is the creation of longtime Alice Cooper bass player Chuck Garric,who takes up lead vocals and rythym guitar this time around. The band also features guitarist Chris "Brother" Latham, bassist Jan LeGrow,drummer Sean Sellers and last but definitely not least, co vocalist Calico Cooper, daughter of Alice Cooper.
The band hit Fubar STL in St. Louis May 23rd in support of their ALBUM RELEASE TOUR. They are touring ahead of the release of their new album,,We Are (Rat Pak Records),which is set for a May 24th ,2019 release. Not knowing what to expect,the excitement grew as the stage was being put together by the crew. A mannequin torso here.....a full size mannequin over there next to a rack of baseball bats and..oh, yes...what were the fire extinguishers for?
At 9:25pm,the lights went down and the band hit the stage. For the next 65 minutes,Beasto Blanco did not let up onbce and gave a rock and roll show full of big riffs,heavy melodies,and eye catching theatrics. Whether it was the flailing arms of Sean Sellers behind the drum kit,Brother Latham on stage left shredding it on lead guitar,or the lovely yet terrifying Calico Cooper,stalking the stage from side to side and front to back with her spiked baseball bats and other devices,the band were in constant motion,which just further contributed to the energy coming from the stage.
From the start the band almost literally grabbed the audience by the throat and wouldn't let go as it tore through a 12 song set list comprised mostly of songs from their 2016 self-titled release.They managed to work in three new songs from their upcoming release which all went over really well with the crowd. However, the highlight of the evening was the band's version of Alice Cooper's "Feed My Frankenstein",which whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
This was my first time seeing Beasto Blanco live,and for sure it will not be my last.The band put on one of the best shows I've seen in recent memory and did not disappoint. Special thanks to the band for allowing me to grab some really great shots of the show.
To top this show off, opening the evening's events were local sensations Torchlight Parade.Having opened shows for national acts such as Stryper, Faster Pussycat and soon to come,80's pop metal fan favorite Autograph,the band are currently working on their debut album, which promises to be one hell of a release. Be patient,boys and girls. This is one album that will be well worth the wait.
Review written by Jeff Smith. All Photos Copyright 2019 RNRI.INC/SmithJ Photography.All Rights reserved.