Metal Melt Down at NAMM JAMM 2016
Friday, January 22
by Robert Cavuoto
Chuck Garric is most notably known as Alice Cooper’s bassist, but fans can now see him fronting and playing guitar in his own band – Beasto Blanco. With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, the band has been performing at select dates between his touring schedule with Alice.
On January 22nd Beasto Blanco put a metal melt down at The Grove in Anaheim CA. for NAMM Jam 2016, presented by Delve Texas. This show is always the hottest ticket for NAMM attendees and exhibitors.
Chuck hit the stage dressed in his Road Warrior battle gear and wearing a devilish snarl like he had a few trick up his sleeves. His partners in crime are Chris Latham on guitar, Jan Le Grow on bass, Tim Husung on drums and Calico Cooper on vocals.
Not many bands today truly embody the spirit of a classic hard rocking band. Many try, but only a few succeed and Beasto Blanco hits the mark. Their songs yield a powerful combination of heavy riffs, driving bass, and melodic choruses. Thought out the set they performed songs off their debut CD which including two of my favorites “Motorqueen” and “Breakdown.” Ravenous worshipers rocked back and forth raising their fists and banging their heads in submission.
With Calico by his side most of the night, the two put on a truly macabre performance. Calico dressed in a black leather bikini, fishnet stockings, and an insane look; wielding instruments of death like a spiked bat, whips, and smoke cannon with one objective in mind, to pounce and pummel Chuck.
I asked Chuck if he had any reservations about being a front man in his own band? He told me, “I’m going out there to destroy and do what I need to do to get the point across. There is a lot more pressure on me and show prep. I have to make sure my vocals are good. Also playing guitar is a completely different animal at times for me. So it is two sides of the coin, and I have to really apply myself. This is my lifestyle; it’s what I do, and I want to be the best at it.”
To close the set out, Alice Cooper made a surprise to appearance on, “Feed my Frankenstein.” Together Alice, Calico, and Chuck traded off vocals and brought down the house.
Beasto Blanco is a force to be reckoned with, destined to make an impact on the music industry and a spectacle on stage. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this band live and be sure to pick up their debut CD, Live Fast Die Loud, you won’t be disappointed!