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The Legions of Metal Festival was born out of the end of the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival. Legions of Metal Festival will continue to bring the best of the classic metal from the 80’s that we all love and also bring in the newer bands who will carry the torch into the upcoming years in the metal world. You will be able to see some of the newest bands in the scene throughout the day and end each night watching the bands you grew up listening to. The fest will feature two stages and plenty of vendors.
On July 1, 1983, Bitch released the integral and influential album "Be My Slave". During the tour of the album, Bitch developed their controversial and elaborate stage shows. These included sadomasochistic elements such as bondage clothing, BDSM paraphernalia, and the humiliation of a submissive male "slave" on stage. The band then became a target in the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) controversy. The "Be My Slave" LP was featured on talk shows, and in a televised congressional hearing that took place before the United States Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on September 19, 1985.
Throughout this time, Bitch played regularly at Sunset Strip clubs like The Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Gazzarri's, The Roxy, and many others, sharing the bill with other metal groups such as Slayer, W.A.S.P., and Armored Saint.
This year, on August 1, come celebrate the release of this pivotal Metal album with Betsy Bitch and her "Boys" as they perform live in concert at the Whisky a- Go Go. 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.
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Betsy grew up in Brigantine, New Jersey, and moved to Los Angeles when she was ten. Discovering her early singing talents in her school glee club, some time later Betsy became the lead vocalist for the BoxBoys, a Los Angeles Ska band, and also worked with another local L.A. metal band WITCH.
She joined BITCH™ upon answering an ad put in Music Connection looking for a singer by Robby Settles and David Carruth the founders of BITCH™ who were initially looking for a female guitarist and a male singer - but were stoked about the idea of a female fronted BITCH™.
BITCH™ was a staple on the L.A. Heavy Metal scene, playing live all over the Sunset Strip and beyond, with other West Coast scene upstart Metal bands opening for them, like Metallica and Slayer.
BITCH™ owns the very respectable distinction of being the first female-fronted American Heavy Metal band ever signed to a label - Metal Blade Records.
BITCH™ appears on the first three pressings of METAL MASSACRE 1, in 1982, with her anthemic track "Live for the Whip". Damnation Alley, a 5-track EP was released on Metal Blade in December of 1982.
Their second album, "Be My Slave" drew the ire of the PMRC/Senate hearings back in the day, however it proved only to be more publicity for the band in the end.
The rest, as they say, is Metal History.
More than three decades later, Betsy Bitch continues to kick metal ass with BITCH's current lineup of musicians.
Chris was born in Chicago. As the youngest member of a musical family, Chris started playing drums at the age of 4 and violin at 7. After his brother taught him to play songs on guitar to prove to his dad that he could actually play at age 10, he soon received his own guitar and started playing with bands with seasoned musicians at age 11.
Chris' family ended up moving to San Antonio in the middle of his high school years, but he soon started playing with bands and building his reputation while touring through Texas. After graduating, Chris moved to Los Angeles to continue with his music education and to pursue his music career. He has performed with various bands and feels fortunate to have become friends and perform with many of his musical influences. Chris has toured the world and is an in-demand session guitarist and vocalist. Chris first met Betsy and the other members of Bitch around 1998. Timing and availability made it possible for Chris to join Bitch in 2014 and he looks forward to continue performing with Betsy and the boys.
Born in Detroit, Randal started playing bars at 14 years old. He worked in radio for a few years, and decided to hit the music circuit playing the Midwest, East Coast, Southern States and Canada.
West worked the "A" club circuit in several bands doing both originals and covers as well as some tribute acts, averaging about 300 dates per year. A few of the bands had notable songs in rotation on radio. He has headlined in a few mid-sized arena shows and has opened for national touring acts.
In 2009, Randy became friends with Betsy. Randal played in a few other California bands, recording/releasing two albums with Jenna Syde and the Watchers.
Randal honored BITCH™ drummer and co-founder Robby Settles by playing drums at Robby's memorial jam.
He joined forces with Betsy BITCH™ highlighting the "Betsy" material with new arrangments. Randal also plays guitar bass, and backing vocals. Currently West is drumming in a few different acts, with BITCH™ as his main focus.
Randal West proudly endorses Sleishman Drums and Soultone Cymbals.
Born: July 10 1964
Bands: PREDATOR (Metal Blade Records) 1986-1988, UNCLE SLAM (Caroline Records) 1989-1990, REVEREND featuring David Wayne (Charisma Records) 1990-1992, HIRAX (Metal Blade Records, Mausoleum Records, Black Devil Records) 2004-2007, ONCE DEAD (Open Grave Records) 2008, ANGER AS ART (OSM Records) 2008-2011, HERETIC (Metal Blade Records, Metal On Metal Records, Dissonance Productions) 2011-Current, BITCH (Metal Blade Records) 2011-Current.
Angelo Espino has be a part of the Los Angeles Heavy Metal Scene for the past 30 plus years. Throughout that time, Angelo has not only been a part of the aforementioned acts, but also unsigned bands such as Dissenter (Metal Massacre IX) Oli, Seed, and Hunger (featuring Eric Meyer from Dark Angel).
Angelo also served as bass and guitar tech for DARK ANGEL (1989-1991) on their Leave Scars, and Live Scars tours.
REVEREND: Play God, Reverend Live
HIRAX: New Age Of Terror
ONCE DEAD • Visions Of Hell
ANGER AS ART • Disfigured
HERETIC • A Time Of Crisis, A Game You Cannot Win
1977 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass
1980 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass
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Ampeg 8X10 Bass Cabinet
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~ Betsy Bitch