PODCAST: Episode 100: Bobby Blitz and Mark Menghi Talk BPMD, Covers, and American Rock Bands

For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: BPMD – American Made

Named after the four members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, and Phil Demmel, supergroup BPMD is here with their debut release, a covers album by the name of American Made (Napalm Records). As the title suggests, every cut on the record was originally recorded by an American artist, and each revitalised track sounds nothing short of tremendous. Continue reading

Sharon Osbourne Hits Back at Donald Trump for His Use of Ozzy’s “Crazy Train”

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Let is never be said that Sharon Osbourne is not a fierce opponent when crossed. She has hit back in a statement against President Trump for the unauthorized use of her husband Ozzy Osbourne’s classic metal anthem ‘Crazy Train”. The track showed up in a new political video by Trump and vis vice president Mike Pence, that constitutes a political ad for the 2020 election. Read her response. Sharon, to her credit, suggested Trump steal a song from  Kanye West, Kid Rock or Ted Nugent.  Continue reading

Beast Of Burden – Chuck Garric Talks Beasto Blanco’s New Album

Chuck Garric, by Evil Robb Photography

Chuck Garric, by Evil Robb Photography

 

In addition to being a long-time member of Alice Cooper’s band, Chuck Garric has his own project that he is the frontman of, Beasto Blanco. Chuck has big plans in the works for Beasto Blanco, including a forthcoming new album, major tours, and events throughout the next few years. We got an inside look at Chuck’s musical vision and what it takes to launch a band under your own banner in this day and age.
Although Beasto Blanco has been around for a few years, we first asked Chuck about his musical process for writing and how that becomes music for himself:

Chuck: As a songwriter and as a performer, we all have things inside of us that say maybe basically what we’re about for another artist. I did writing for so many years, and maybe I’ve written songs that aren’t necessarily Alice Cooper songs, or a song that wasn’t for the artist, and I thought the song was great and I really enjoyed writing them and would love to have them as part of who I am. It just inspired me to put together a band where I could come through this other person inside of me, and go out there and perform my own original music, and that’s what Beasto Blanco is. I’m in a band of real high energy, rock n roll stuff that just kicks you right in the face. You walk into a club and see a band kind of similar to like a Motörhead or Clutch, Ramones, Ted Nugent and any of those type of bands. With my history with Alice Cooper, I felt that it was important that I added some theatricality to it. It was just the way I was naturally progressing as an artist, and as a writer. It’s a good little clique we have with Beasto Blanco is that it’s high energy rock and roll with a big show feel.

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We next asked Chuck about the genesis of the name and what it represents to him..

Yeah. The name basically comes from, we wanted to give our music a name. We wanted to have our sound have a name. It was something that we were faced with when we started, Being able to basically get up every morning and give it a go, work hard, and to use fear as a motivation, and use criticism as a motivation, all of those things. What better way than to just say “Hey, the music is animalistic.” It’s a beast, and Beasto Blanco just sort of came out as something that somebody had mentioned to say “Hey, this may work out.” Beasto Blanco just has a name in itself. When you’re a person like myself who works organically and I practice meditation and those types of things, it just came out as … it  just felt right. The music has finally got its own personality. Once it had that, everything was just flowing naturally,  and we knew exactly which direction to head with the sound, the look, the vibe, the attitude, everything. It just fell into place.

The way I think of Blanco is most anybody who has the desire to do something, or a dream, is that we all face those inner demons and that fear. We have to somehow summon the courage to move forward and conquer those things that we have. That’s exactly what Beasto Blanco is about is getting out there, and doing it right, doing it well, and not being afraid of failure, and at the same time, going out and just changing people’s lives feasibly, not trying to change anybody’s life politically or anything like that. Just giving you a chance to go out, listen to some rock and roll, forget about all the bullshit that is going on in your life if there is any, and just enjoy it just like the rest of us.

Chuck Garric, by Evil Robb Photography

Chuck Garric, by Evil Robb Photography

We hit upon a common ground, where we agreed that music is free therapy, whether you play it,  listen to it, or rock out to it:

It really is. It’s turned out to be a job for me, but I find so much joy and therapy, and I use it daily. That exact thing is that music is my medicine.

 

Then we asked for a time line of the history of the band, and the new Beasto Blanco album will arrive:

We released our first music in 2012, In 2013 we released the first album, Live Fast, Die Loud. We’re about ready to release the second album which should be in October, early October.

 

In the run up to this album release, and with the busy tour schedule  Alice Cooper keeps, we wondered what touring plans the band has: 

We’re working on tour dates as we speak. Right now, we’re looking at as of late January. We’ve got the Monsters of Rock Cruise coming up in January of 2017 as well, so we’re working on dates to follow-up the release, and we’ll be touring both the United States and Europe.

 

INTERVIEW BY KEITH CHACHKES
LIVE PHOTOS BY EVIL ROBB PHOTOGRAPHY

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News: Wizards of Winter Announce Upcoming Tour

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Wizards of Winter, featuring original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will be kicking off their “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” tour, with dates posted below. Bassist Greg Smith (Ted Nugent) will be joining the tour on December 3rd in Concord, NH through December 20th in Chicago, IL.

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Nov 19: Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 20: The Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, FL
Nov 21: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Nov 27: F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts – Wilkes Barre, PA
Nov 28: Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
Dec 03: Capitol Center For The Arts – Concord, NH
Dec 04: Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre – Collingswood, NJ
Dec 05: The State Theater Performing Arts Center – Easton, PA
Dec 06: Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center – Sugarloaf, NY
Dec 09: Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Dec 11: Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Dec 12: The Kalamazoo State Theatre – Kalamazoo, MI
Dec 13: Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall – Munhall, PA
Dec 16: The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Dec 17: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Dec 18: Effingham Performing Arts Center – Effingham, IL
Dec 20: Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Dec 26: The Egg – Albany, NY
Dec 27: Crouse Hinds Theater – Syracuse, NY
Dec 29: The Forum – Harrisburg, PA

Rock Icons Premiering On Vh1 Classic February 21st

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The World Premiere of Rock Icon will be airing on Vh1 Classic on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10 pm EST/9 pm Central for the first episode featuring Geddy Lee of Rush. The show was created by Sam Dunn of Banger Films (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, Iron Maiden: Flight 666). International syndication information will be announced at a later date.

The following is a list of all ten artist air dates for Season One.

Geddy Lee: Feb 21
Rob Halford: Feb 28
Ted Nugent: March 7
Ann Wilson: March 14
Dave Mustaine: March 21
Nikki Sixx: March 28
Slash: April 4
Daryl Hall: April 11
Joe Elliott: April 18
Billy Corgan: April 25

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