Legendary Los Angeles-based metal band BITCH (led by frontwoman Betsy Bitch) will embark on a short European tour in the spring, culminating in the group's appearance at Germany's Keep It True festival on April 29,. Fellow Los Angeles metal act ANGER AS ART will provide support on a few dates and will also serve as Betsy's backing band in BITCH. (ANGER AS ART will NOT perform at Keep It True.)
"Planning this tour has been bittersweet," says Betsy. "We lost our drummer/founding member Robby Settles to leukemia last year, and it took the wind out of our sails. We already had Keep It True booked before Robby passed, and other members were less than enthused about going over to play the show. When I spoke with our bassist Steve Gaines, he had just played Keep It True with ABATTOIR in 2009, and was adamant that it was an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Steve offered that if we couldn't find anyone to fill in that ANGER AS ART would be honored to perform as BITCH. The rest is history."
Adds Steve Gaines: "BITCH was a huge influence on me, and I have been honored to be a member for the past five years. Needless to say, this has been a very hard time with Robby's passing. However, I can say that there are no better guys to 'be' BITCH than ANGER AS ART. We all used to see each other at BITCH shows in L.A. back in the '80s, and respect Betsy and their heritage — and that is what we plan to do. Give metal fans in Europe BITCH in full effect."
The dates are as follows: April 22 - Little Devil, Tilburg - Holland
April 23 - The Rambler, Eindhoven - Holland
April 24 - De Vinger, Den Haag - Holland
April 25 - Metro, Waarschoot - Belgium
April 27 - De Rots, Antwerp - Belgium
April 29 - Keep It True, Lauda-Königshofen - Germany
Metal Blade Records is planning on a reissue of BITCH's classic LP "Be My Slave" sometime in 2011. BITCH was the first band ever to be signed by Metal Blade Records, ultimately releasing five albums in the 1980s — "Damnation Alley", "Be My Slave", "The Bitch Is Back", "Betsy", and "A Rose By Any Other Name".
ANGER AS ART's most recent album, "Disfigure", came out in November 2009, and the band also released a concert DVD, "Live Dissent", in May 2010 — both through Old School Metal Records. The group is currently writing material for its fourth full-length album, "Hubris, Inc.", to be released later in 2011.