Six years ago a little convention called Days Of The Dead started up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since that first show, the convention has grown in leaps and bounds and had expanded into four other cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and this year Louisville. I had the pleasure of talking with one of the shows promoters, Adolfo Dorta about the upcoming show in Indy and the Louisville one as well.
After a two year absence Contamination returns to the St. Louis area for what promises to be a great weekend. I had a phone conversation with Dave Dyer who is the shows promoter. It is going to be a great weekend for any sci fi or pop culture fan.
Ginamarie Zimmerman is one of Big Brother’s most memorable house guests ever. She played the game like a pro and was the runner-up in the 15th season of the show. She was in the film Piranha Sharks and the short Bellz Angel. I was lucky enough to sit down with this beautiful lady and talk with her at Fanboy Expo in Nashville last weekend.
The master of Madhouse Rock retuned to Nashville to play in front of a sold out crowd at the Tennessee Preforming Arts Center on May 2, 2016. Alice brought along with him all the tricks and treats that have made his show famous for 40 years.
Contamination returns June 17-19 to The Strafford Inn in St Louis.
Click on the image above to see what guests will be attending the show this year. Hope to see you there!!! It’s going to be a great show!!!
I had the pleasure of attending The Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. While I was there I interviewed actress Ryli Morgan. Ryli and her husband Mark run the production company On Mark Productions. They have been making films for over ten years.
Nashville’s Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Convention returns for it’s 15th great year. This years show promises to be another great year.
Click the image above to go to the Full Moon Page for more info!!
Artwork by Joel Robinson
Days Of The Dead returns to Atlanta Georgia Feb 5-7, 2016
Don’t miss the best party to ever be held in the Peachtree State. All weekend long film fest, parties and you favorite horror icons taking photos and signing autographs all three days.
Click the image above to go to the website.
See you there!!!
The world has lost many great music icons over the past few years but I don’t think any of them has hit me as hard as this one has. I just found out that one of the musicians who shaped me into the person I am today has passed away, David Bowie.
When I was about 14 years old I had been into music for a couple years. Back then there was no internet and my main source of information was the radio and rock music magazines. I would go to the local drug store every Monday with my mom are head straight to the magazine rack to see if there was a new issue of Circus, Hit Parade or Cream Magazine. I would take these books home and read them cover to cover, soaking in as much info as I could.
One name that I kept seeing was David Bowie. He was a rather strange looking chap for the time. Bright red hair and heavy make-up and very odd clothing. One day I was with my mom at a local dept. store looking at their selection of records and I came face to face with one of the albums I had been reading about in those magazines, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
I pulled out my 4 dollars (yes kiddies that is how much an album cost back then) and walked to the check out counter to pay for the record.
I can remember it like it was yesterday, dropping the needle on the record and being amazed at the music coming out of the speakers. Songs like Moonage Day Dream, Starman and Ziggy Stardust reached out and grabbed me. Little did I know at the time, I was getting my first taste of music that would totally change me life and the way I listened to music. I studied every inch of that 12 inch album cover. One the back of the album were the words “To Be Played At Maxium Volume” and I did just that. I can’t remember how many time my mom would yell at me to turn that music down. I would tell her “But it says on the back…..”, that was when the headphones would come in handy.
I went back and got two of Bowie’s previous albums “Space Oddity” and “The Man Who Sold The World”. They were totally different than the music on “Ziggy” but equally as good.
Bowie would go on to release album after album in the next few years and I would get them as soon as they came out. “Diamond Dogs”, “Aladdin Sane”, “Pin Ups” “Young Americans” and many more. The album covers were always works of art. My favorite was always the Pin Ups cover which featured Bowie with British Super Model Twiggy on the front. The photo was supposed to be used for the cover of Vogue Magazine but at David’s request was used as the album cover art work.
I was lucky enough to see Bowie live 3 times in the 70’s. The best show being The Diamond Dogs Tour which was a mind blowing full stage production with props and dancers.
The thing about Bowie back then was, you never knew what the next album would sound like. One album would be hard rocking and the next would have more of a soul sound to it. In 1976 he was one of the few white artists to appear on the show “Soul Train” singing his hits “Fame” and “Young Americans”.
Bowie released albums after album though out the years always changing and some how predicting the type of music the world would be listening to next.
He also appeared in several movies as well, “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, “The Hunger”, “The Last Temptation Of Christ” and the Jim Henson film “Labyrinth”. The latter became an instant classic thanks to Bowie’s amazing role as Jareth The Goblin King.
David Bowie passed away January 10, 2016 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
Bowie has left the world with a legacy of music that will live on for music fans in the coming generations. He was an innovator, a trend setter and a true legend of our time.
Good bye Mr Bowie, Major Tom, Ziggy……May God’s love be with you!
David Bowie January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016