Bianca “Butthole” Halstead was one of two badass bass-playing broads in the controversy-courting band Butt Trumpet. In 1998 she quit Butt Trumpet and started all-girl group Betty Blowtorch with Butt Trumpet cohorts Blare N. Bitch (lead guitar) and Sharon Needles (rhythm guitar, bass). Betty Blowtorch lived up to its name, astonishing concertgoers with raw intensity and a home-made pyrotechnics set that sent club owners into paroxysms of panic.
Can’t think of a better showcase for Bianca and her unique brand of showmanship than the “Betty Blowtorch Anthem”:
Sadly, Bianca Halstead was killed in a car crash December 2001, effectively ending Betty Blowtorch. A documentary film, “Betty Blowtorch and Her Amazing True Life Adventures” was released in 2003.
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