Passing of Robby Settles
Bitch co-founder Robby Settles passed away on May 26, 2010 after to a year-long battle with leukemia. (See our Robby Settles Obituary Page for more information.) This abruptly brought the first line-up of Bitch to a close. Bitch's only activity in 2010 was the relaunching of the Official Bitch Website and the piecemeal recording of the All-Star Bitch Album produced by Steve Kara. Bitch had one festival date booked at the Keep It True Festival in Germany, which was scheduled for April 29, 2011, and was apparently booked by Robby.
Robby Settles' memorial service was held on May 29, 2010 and attended by a crowd of approximately 400. Following on its heels on June 12 was a private memorial all-star tribute to Robby that was attended by many metal celebrities and friends of the band. In attendance were David Carruth, Ed McCrary from the 1999 "Infatuation" period, Steve Gaines and Jay Dean of Bitch's All-Star Lineup Mark I, Bitch album producers Bill Metoyer and Joe Romersa, and many others. The songs played that night included blues standards and songs by Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick. At the culmination of the night, various members of the band came on stage and played through three Bitch songs: "Damnation Alley", "Be My Slave", and "Skullcrusher".
|Bitch's new All-Star Lineup Mark II, featuring the instrumetalists from Anger As Art: (L to R) Steve Gaines (guitar), Angelo Espino (bass), Betsy (vocals), Rob Alaniz (drums), and Dan Oliverio (guitar). Steve Gaines and Betsy are the only two members who have been in both of the All-Star Lineups of Bitch.|
On the night of the Robby Settles memorial jam, Betsy and All-Star Lineup Mark I member Steve Gaines sat down together prior to the show and discussed how to fulfill the Keep It True festival date. With Robby's passing and the twin guitarists of the All-Star Lineup unable to commit to playing the show, it was uncertain whether or not Bitch would be able to follow through on playing the date. Steve promised Betsy that he would do his part to follow through on the date.
The following Monday (June 14, 2010), Steve Gaines' thrash metal group Anger As Art had a rehearsal scheduled, and Steve and drummer Rob Alaniz (Evildead, Winterthrall, Abattoir, Despise You) were the first to show to the rehearsal. Steve told Rob about his conversation with Betsy at the Robby Settles memorial jam and mentioned that they were needing to construct a new line-up to commit to the Keep it True date. Rob's response was "If no one else will do it, I will!" The other members of Anger As Art, Dan Oliverio (Abattoir) and Angelo Espino (Reverend, Hirax, Once Dead), walked in on this conversation and started talking about their memories as Bitch fans. Angelo Espino had been good friends with former Bitch bass player Ron Cordy when he was in the band's classic line-up. Steve and Dan remembered pooling their money to buy gas to attend Bitch concerts as members of a pre-fame Abattoir. They determined that all four members of the current Anger As Art line-up had been in the same audience at some of Bitch's original shows. They decided to try playing the song "Be My Slave" during their rehearsal to see if they connected on Bitch material, and found that they did.
Later, Steve contacted Betsy and offered to have Anger As Art perform as her backing band, which Betsy consented to. He then began checking on the possibility of booking a European tour for the new lineup to coincide with the festival, and found that the European fan base for Bitch was stronger than ever. Betsy attended some Anger As Art rehearsals and rehearsed the Bitch songs "Be My Slave", "Riding In Thunder", and "Skullcrusher" with the group. Anger As Art had a headlining show booked on November 5th, 2010, and announced in advance that Betsy would be joining Anger As Art as a special guest for three songs. When Betsy took the stage the night of the show, the crowd went crazy, and Bitch's All Star Lineup Mark II was born.
The Bitch All-Star Line-Up Mark II
Betsy Bitch: Vocals
Steve Gaines (Anger as Art, Abattoir, Bloodlust): Guitar
Dan Oliverio (Anger As Art, Abattoir): Guitar
Rob Alaniz (Anger As Art, Evildead, Abattoir, Winterthrall): Drums
Bitch and Anger As Art are performing together on an April 2011 European tour, which is being called the "Angry Bitch Tour". They begin the tour with a warm-up show in their ever-faithful Los Angeles haunt Paladino's on April 15th, followed by a European tour through The Netherlands and Belgium that will end at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. The Dutch thrash/death metal group Persistence will be supporting them for most of the tour.
22 April - Little Devil, Tilburg (Netherlands) - Bitch, Anger As Art & Persistense
23 April - Rambler, Eindhoven (Netherlands) - Bitch, Anger As Art & Persistense
24 April - De Vinger, Den Haag (Netherlands) - Bitch, Anger As Art, Persistense, Existance & Priapis
25 April - Metro, Waarschoot (Belgium) - Bitch, Anger As Art, Persistense & Devastation
27 April - De Rots, Antwerpen (Belgium) - Bitch, Anger As Art & Persistense
29 April - Keep It True Festival, Lauda Konigshofen (Germany) - Bitch and many others
|Poster for the 2011 Keep It True Festival featuring Bitch.|
This is the first European tour ever in Bitch's 30-year history. Their only previous European appearance, at the 2003 Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany, was a one-off show with no coinciding tour.
The Set List planned for the shows is as follows:
Right From The Start (Be My Slave)
Damnation Alley (Damnation Alley)
Be My Slave (Be My Slave)
Riding In Thunder (Be My Slave)
Leatherbound (Be My Slave)
Save You From The World (Be My Slave)
Headbanger (The Bitch Is Back)
You Want It, You Got It (Betsy)
Let's Go (unreleased; bonus track on the upcoming Be My Slave/Damnation Alley remaster)
Live For The Whip (Damnation Alley)
Skullcrusher (The Bitch Is Back)
The real treats in this set are "You Want It, You Got It" and "Let's Go". "Let's Go" is a track demo'ed and performed live by the classic lineup in 1985 but never released initially; it is included as a bonus track on the upcoming Be My Slave/Damnation Alley remaster. "You Want It, You Got It" was written by Bruce Turgon of 1980's traditional metal group Warrior, and was the first track on the Betsy album from 1988, but was only performed live a handful of times by the classic lineup.