Beautiful Creatures Biography
Initially started in 1999 by BulletBoys guitarist DJ Ashba, the group went through numerous lineups. Vocalist Joe Lesté of Bang Tango had joined L.A. Guns for a short time before re-joining Bang Tango then leaving once again to form the group with Ashba. L.A. Guns bassist Chuck Garric, Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat and former Shake The Faith drummer Danny Parker. This lineup eventually split after Garric left to join Dio and Muscat formed his own project Bubbles Ashba and Lesté regrouped adding former Shake The Faith and Wicked Jester bassist Kenny Kweens along with session drummer Anthony Focx who appeared in 1992 film Wayne's World appearing as the drummer in Tia Carrere's club band. Focx eventually became the group's second guitarist with Glen Sobel, another session drummer, being brought in to replace him. This would be the first lineup under the moniker Beautiful Creatures. Prior to naming, the band opened one show in Houstan, Texas for Kiss during their reunion tour after Ted Nugent pulled out. The band were given two more support slots in Detroit and East Lansing then entered the studio to record material for their debut album. The band were then signed to Warner Bros. and released self-titled debut Beautiful Creatures, produced by Marilyn Manson cohort Sean Beavan, on August 14, 2001. The band were added to the 2001 Ozzfest lineup playing from June 8 through to August 12 aswell as the Rolling Rock Tour and later toured Japan. After the merger between Time Warner and AOL earlier in the year the band were eventually dropped after shake ups at the record label and poor record sales. On February 13, 2002, the band announced that Beautiful Creatures founder DJ Ashba had left the group but that the band would find a replacement and continue on. Ashba released a statement showing that he left the band on good terms and that fans should welcome "the new addition to the band with open arms." Little over a month later, glam metal band Tuff confirmed that guitarist Michael Thomas had left to join Beautiful Creatures as the replacement to the recently departed Ashba. However, Thomas left the band in April to tour with Suki Jones (the first incarnation of Adler's Appetite) as a temporary replacement for Brent Muscat who was touring with Faster Pussycat. Thomas then joined former BC guitarist DJ Ashba's solo band simply titled ASHBA. Drummer Glen Sobel also departed the group and joined the backing band of singer/rapper Brooks Buford along with former members of Killgore and members of Hate Machine, Omniblank, Rehab and Tommy Lee's solo band. Despite the losses the band regrouped adding former Angry Salad guitarist Alex Grossi and drummer Matt Starr and began recording material for the follow up to their self-titled debut. Produced by guitarist Anthony Focx and mixed by Toby Wright, whose past production work includes albums by Alice In Chains, Korn and Kiss, the band were to release sophomore album Deuce on Japanese label JVC in 2004 with a US release due in early 2005 but the album was not released until April 21, 2005 in Japan and after signing with Spitfire Records the album was released in the US on August 23, 2005. By this point, guitarist Grossi had departed the band to join the new lineup of Quiet Riot and was replaced by former Flotsam and Jetsam guitarist Mark Simpson. Drummer Starr was also replaced by Bang Tango drummer Timmy Russell. To support the album, that band announced a fall tour with industrial metal band The Genitorturers. After signing a deal with Perris Records for a European release of Deuce in 2006, the band embarked on a UK headlining tour with Stephen Pearcy of Ratt. In October 2007, frontman Lesté announced that the band were planning a new album aswell as a European tour in January 2008: "Rumors of a BEAUTIFUL CREATURES European Tour for January 2008 [are] true. Dates will be announced soon. A new BEAUTIFUL CREATURES CD is also a rumor to be true. Although no music at this time has been written or recorded, plans are being made for the band's third CD." In early 2008, bassist Kenny Kweens started his own project titled Villains of Vaudeville with 3 songs posted on the bands official myspace. The band played a show on Valentine's Day with Faster Pussycat then in April were announced as one of the acts appearing at Rocklahoma 2008 on Sunday, July 13. On October 8, 2008, the song Anyone from album Deuce to appeared on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy after being licenced by the network. In March 2009, drummer Timmy Russell departed the band to join Burn Halo fronted by former Eighteen Visions frontman James Hart. On March 24, it was announced that the song Freedom from Deuce would appear in the romantic comedy film The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, aswell as on the official soundtrack. On July 5, Kenny Kweens left the band to replace the departed Scott Griffin in the Phil Lewis fronted [L.A. Guns]] but still played with BC at the 3rd annual Rocklahoma. The bands current lineup now consists of Joe Lesté on vocals, Delta Starr (formerly of Culture Killers) on lead guitar, Anthony Focx on rhythm Guitar, Lance Eric (of Bang Tango) on bass and Justin Sandler on drums. On Nov 25, Joe Lesté collapsed on stage during a Bang Tango show in Chicago, Illinios. This prompted numerous online rumours that the singer was "on his deathbed" but these were soon quashed by guitarist Alex Grossi: "In response to the dozens of phone calls, text messages and e-mails regarding Joe LeSte, I would like to squash any rumors that he is dead or even close to it. Joe was indeed taken to the hospital on Wednesday evening right before a Bang Tango performance that was set to take place at The Portage Theater in Chicago. Without going into detail, I can tell you, without reservation that Joe is very much is alive and well and recovering in Chicago as I type this. We would like to thank everyone that came out to the shows during the past 2 weeks." Grossi then issued another update on Lesté's condition: “ 'I spoke with Joe yesterday and he sounded better. Essentially what happened was he went off his blood pressure medication last Monday, and by Wednesday his blood pressure spiked into stroke territory, that is when he went to the hospital. They have since stabilized him and are finishing up their tests today to make sure he is ok to fly home.'