Astronomicon 3 Pop Culture Convention to Feature First Ever “Clerks” 25th Anniversary Reunion

 

Astronomicon3, the Detroit area’s newest pop culture convention, has added even more guests to the eclectic lineup of pop culture icons appearing at the convention the weekend of February 7-9 at Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI.
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the cult-classic Clerks movie franchise, Jeff Anderson (“Randal”), in his first-ever convention appearance, with reunite with fellow actor Brian O’Halloran (“Dante”) for a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience. “I’m really excited to be returning to Astronomicon,”O’Halloran says. “The first year it snowed 10 inches and the fans still came out in record numbers. This year I can only imagine how many people will come out to meet myself and Jeff Anderson for his first ever comic con!”
From inside the squared circle, Astronomicon 3 has announced the appearance of WWE and Total Divas superstar Alexa Bliss, former pro wrestler and animal activist Amy Dumas (aka Lita), WWE Hall of Fame wrestling legend Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and WWE superstar The Boogeyman.
As previously announced, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman will make his first Astronomicon appearance at this year’s convention. “I am so excited to get the 2020 convention season started at Astronomicon,” Eastman says. “Team Eastman hopes to see you there! Cowabunga!”
Anthony Michael Hall, the iconic “Brat Pack” actor known for his roles in The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, War Machine and Halloween Kills, has also joined the eclectic roster of guests. Says Hall, “I’m excited and looking forward to coming to Michigan in February. It’s going to be a fun show with lots of great people in attendance. We hope to see you there.”
In addition to Hall, Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie franchise, Rookie of the Year, Halloween Resurrection), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Alex Vincent (Child’s Play franchise, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky) will join previously announced actors James Jude Courtney (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III, Lethal Weapon), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Charles Fleischer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Nightmare on Elm Street, Back to the Future 2), CJ Graham (“Jason Voorhees” from Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives), Richard Brake(Game of Thrones, Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, 31), Walter Phelan (House of 1000 Corpses), Nathan Baesel (Leslie Vernon, Cold Case, CSI: Miami) and David Howard Thornton (Terrifier’s “Art the Clown”).
“In the words of Captain Spaulding, if you like blood, violence and freaks of nature, join me at the third annual Astronomicon convention,” says Bill Moseley. “It’s one hell of a show, and I’ll see you there!”
Astronomicon 3 promises to fulfill the pop culture cravings of fans attending from far and wide, with even more guests, including hockey legend and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty; comic book writer Dirk Manning; Comic Book Men star and podcaster Ming Chen; creator of “Art the Clown” and director of horror phenomenon TerrifierDamien Leone; rapper Mickey Avalon; special FX artists Rob Miller (Face Off Season 8), Nora Hewitt (Winner of Face Off Season 9) and Get Dead Crew’s Megan Grant; MTV VJ and Scary Movie franchise actor Simon Rex aka Dirty Nasty; Troma Entertainment co-founder and The Toxic Avenger actor Lloyd Kaufman; James from the Dave & Chuck the Freak radio show; tattoo artists Saint Karlos and Steve Pelkey; speed painter/artist Dave Santia; cosplayers Ginoza Costuming, Ashlee Kalthoff of Disfusional Studios, Envy the Green Fairy and League of Enchantment; Ghostbusters Detroit; and Majik Ninja Entertainment artists AMB, Alla Xul Elu, Blaze Ya Dead Homie; and Astronomicon masterminds Twiztid,
The all ages event will not only feature appearances, signings and photo ops with many additional activities – including live music performances, Q&A panels, cosplay and tattoo contests, a free play video game room and tournaments, a scavenger hunt and trivia. Confirmed in-costume photo opportunities include CJ Graham dressed as Jason Voorhees, Walter Phelan as Dr. Satan, David Howard Thornton as Art the Clownand Bill Moseley as Chop Top.
Astronomicon 3 will take place at the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI. Additional information on tickets, lodging, VIP options, full guest information, vendors and more can be located at www.astronomicon.com.

Third Annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Weekend Lineup Featuring Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182

Ohio’s Rock Event of The Summer is Back July 10-12, 2020 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory
Tickets Available Now – Just in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving!
40 Bands on Two Stages, 60 Tattoo Artists, Reformatory Tours, Gourmet Food Trucks, Camping and Escape from Blood Prison Haunted Attraction
Tickets are now on sale now for the third annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival, featuring headliners Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182, at the famous Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank prison, in Mansfield, OH, on July 10, 11, and 12, 2020
“We are extremely humbled by the support the fans put behind this festival in 2019 and wanted to bring them something even bigger in 2020,” the INKCARCERATION Festival team says. “For year three, we put together an extremely eclectic lineup that brings together all forms of rock. This festival is becoming known as the most unique event in the country, so we wanted to construct a lineup as unique as the venue itself! And, of course, it’s still the only rock festival held at a famous haunted prison! Expect lots of site upgrades from VIP to camping. We can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store!”
INKCARCERATION Festival will feature over 40 bands on two outdoors stages, 60 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks, camping and the return of the popular haunted house attraction Escape from Blood Prison.
Joining Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182 will be a diverse lineup that includes Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Falling in Reverse, Candlebox, Badflower, Atreyu, Static-X , Puddle of Mudd, New Politics, All That Remains, We Came as Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, Emmure, Attila, Stick to Your Guns, New Years Day, Escape the Fate, Cold, Carnifex, The Aquadolls, Band-Maid, Stitched Up Heart, September Mourning, Damn Nation, Paralandra, Along Came a Spider, A Killers Confession, MissYou, Sink the Ship, Dread Engine, Mollo Rilla, Saving Escape, and more.

Live Review – Stitched Up Heart

Cleveland , Ohio – The cold and windy gusts blowing off Lake Erie last week were not a deterrent for the music fans that descended on The House of Blues for a night of great music . The band Stitched Up Heart returned to the north coast in support capacity for Steel Panther and it was a winning combo .

I had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with singer Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner which will be posted in a separate article , it is not to be missed .

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The stage was dark and ominous at Stitched Up Heart took it over like a smooth military operation immediately kicking into high gear with the song ” This Thing ” and pleased fans and gained new ones in the mix .

The opening of ” Stranger Things Theme ” ( A TV show I adore ) really was a nice addition to the anticipation of the night as well . My favorite songs played were of course ” Warrior”  , ” Monster ” and ” Catch Me When I Fall”

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The band has gone thru a few line up changes until the right mix of dedication , ability and personality emerged triumphant , Stitched Up Heart is

  • Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner – lead vocals (2010–present)
  • James Decker – drums/backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Merritt Goodwin – lead guitar (2012–present)
  • Randy Mathias – bass/backing vocals (2014–present)
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If you don’t believe there are not any new bands coming thru , then you are in for a shock , because this band is one of the best around . In support of their upcoming release ”  Darkness ” they are sure to be stopping by a city near you soon .

 

Make sure you check out the official site at http://stitchedupheart.org/

Live Review-Elton John Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour

Cleveland, Ohio- A winter storm blew into the north coast but that in no way was  going to deter they sold out audience at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Field House from tonight’s concert  .This being the final and farewell tour for Elton John this was a night that very few will ever forget . The popular singer is still riding high from this years biopic ” Rocketman ” of his life and this is the second leg of his tour and his last stop in Cleveland and the sold out crowd could not have been more thrilled .

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The night started off with Bennie and the Jets and continued for close to three hours . The iconic line from the Spinal Tap film  ” Hello Cleveland ” was of course produced but from Elton it really seamed genuine . Some of my favorite songs were ” Tiny Dancer ” , ” Daniel ” which brought a tear to my eye and of course ” Candle in the Wind ” for which made many a fan cry .

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Elton’s band were top notch musicians as well , each a skilled artist in their own right . I can understand why Elton will be retired from the road , he honestly moved a little stiff on stage but damn he is 72 and he moves better then I do so he deserves a whole lot of slack . He still rocked for almost three hours .

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If you are anywhere that he will be performing  on this final leg , run don’t walk and get a ticket you will want to say you say him when he was still on top of his game and ladies and gentleman , he commands the game .

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I can honestly say I was very glad to be part of this final tour and see him perform and as Elton says , love one another .

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Live Review- Tom Keifer Brings ” Rise ” To Akron

Its a show not to be missed . Four out of four stars .

Akron, Ohio- The Goodyear Theatre was the perfect venue for a  concert and Tom Keifer of Cinderella came to rock ! The band was on tour supporting their brand new release ” Rise “which is getting both critical and fan praise since it’s release last  month .

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Tom played an impressive fifteen song set and with the support acts of Enuff Z’Nuff and Billy Morris you were presented with a four hour show . Now that is what I call a night out on the town .

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The set opened up with ” Touching The Divine ” and continued with hit after hit , both classic songs  and a new  to be classic hits . Songs such as ” Night Songs ” ” Shake Me ” and ” You Don’t Know What You Got (Till Its Gone) ” .The new material included ” Rise ” and ” Death of Me ”

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Tom is a great performer along with being  a powerful singer and song writer and he surrounds himself with nothing but the best artists around . Tom’s band features Tom Keifer – Vocals, Guitar, Keys Savannah Keifer – Vocals, Percussion, Piano Tony Higbee – Guitar, Vocals… Billy Mercer – Bass guitar, Vocals Kendra Chantelle – Vocals, Percussion Jarred Pope – Drums, Vocals Kory Myers – Keyboards.

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The bands shows are always exciting and each member gives it their 100% on stage . If you see Tom listed at a venue near you make sure you get out and see him , its a show not to be missed . Four out of four stars .

Live Review- Italian Metal Giants ” Lacuna Coil ” Return To Cleveland !

Cleveland, Ohio- The powerhouse  band from Italy returned to the north coast this past week, of course we are talking about Lacuna Coil . Now in its 25th year , yes 25 years, the band started in 1994 in Milan ,Italy now are considered one of the best and the brightest in the metal community .The band is currently on its ” Black Anima” tour with co-headliners All That Remains ,the packed house and the tons of Lacuna Coil fans that came from other states show  the massive drawing power of the band . I met fans from Michigan who drove about four hours for the show .

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Lacuna Coil live on stage

The evening started with “Blood, Tears and Dust ” and continued with eleven more hard and heavy hits the drove fans over the edge . Songs such as ” Spellbound ” and ” Layers of Time ” were some of the crowd favorites .

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Lacuna Coil live on stage

I had the opportunity to meet the band several years ago at ” Rock On The Range ” and I found them to generally well adjusted with out the rock star attitude Ive seen in so many others  .

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Lacuna Coil live on stage

The band runs as a well oiled machine with the different band members each playing their roles but working together to highlight each others strengths . The bands accomplishments are many fold but here are just a few .

Here are the highlights from Lacuna Coil’s incredible 20 year career:

  • 71+ Million US Streams
  • Over 1.1 Million Records Sold
  • 6 Top 40 Billboard Top 200 Charting Albums & 5 Top 10 Top Rock Charting Hits
  • 3.57+ Million Reach Across Social Media Platforms
  • First Female Fronted Band to Co-Headline Ozzfest
  • Performed on Revolver Music Awards (2016)
  • Awards:

o   2006 MTV Europe Music Awards – Nominee, Best Italian Act

o   2012 Revolver Golden Gods Award – Nominee, Best International Band

o   2012 Female Metal Voices Fest Award – Winner, Best Album 2012 “Dark Adrenaline”

o   2016 Metal Hammer Awards (Germany) – Winner, Best International Band

o   2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards – Best Live Act

If you ever have the chance to see them ,  get to a  Lacuna Coil performance ,you will not be disappointed and pick up a copy of ” Black Anima” the brand new release from the band !

 

 

Live Review – Five Reasons Why Styx Are Not to Missed !

If you want a great night to rock out and feel young again get to a Styx show .

Northfield, Ohio – The multi platinum award winning iconic band Styx stopped by the North Coast on their latest tour in support of ” The Mission ” ( An amazing album , make sure you get a copy )  . In honor of them giving an amazing performance this week we decided to list the five reasons why Styx are not to be missed !

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One -Creativity

Why many bands or classic rock band rest on their laurels , Styx does not . They continually test their musical chops by creating new challenges and music . Case in point ,” The Mission ” an amazing rock opera of a mission to Mars and emotions and feelings of it and guess what . They are doing the complete album live on select dates on the tour . I remember being a kid and every time a new tour came to town,  being one of the first to see the music performed live  was special  and this recreates that time in my life .

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Styx Live on Stage

Two-Musical Range

The musical range and ability of the Styx members cannot be understated . The range of Tommy Shaw’s voice and his virtuosity playing his Gibson guitar is a sight to behold and a treat for the ears . The voice of Laurence Gowan along with his beautiful keyboard playing on both classic songs such and ” Come Sail Away ” and modern classics at ” Khedive ” and his stage persona ( think acrobat meets comedian think stage actor ) makes it a fun night ! The aggressive guitar of  James ” JY ” Young  and rough and tumble vocals on classics as ” Miss America ” really make it a well rounded band .Bassist and guitarist/vocalist Ricky Phillips ( formally of The Babys/Bad English ) proves he is rock n’ roll royalty every night and beings it all together . The drumming of Todd Sucherman was as sight to behold. I was watching as he switched grips from a jazz grip to the power grip of a rock song . Subtle little things like that show a true professional in his prime ! Last but not least is founding member Chuck Panozza without whom Styx would not exist . His drive and ambition to create music cannot be understated in it’s importance .

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Styx live on stage

3-Drive

Styx tours more then any other band that I know of . They continually sell out venues across the US for one simple reason .They give the fans what they want , two hours of great music and an escape from reality . For a band that literally could live off of their royalties they don’t , they get out there in front of the live audience and show them you can rock at any age from 17-70, the spirit never dies .

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A fan recording a Styx moment in time

4-The Hits

The list goes on and on but the hits are not just songs , but time capsules to a different era when life simpler and not so complex. ” Blue Collar Man ” ( Long Nights ) , ” The Grand Illusion ” and ” Lady ” will live on and on in our memories. The new hits such as ” Gone , Gone , Gone ” and “Radio Silence ” are a beloved update as well to the mega list of hits . If you want a great night to rock out and feel young again get to a Styx show .

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Styx live on stage

5-Giving Back

The band continually gives back to the community in both musical and financial means . Their history of playing a full concert with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra , showing the kids of today that classic and classic rock can be combined in a fun and exciting way . The  Rock To The Rescue charity  in which fans buy raffle tickets to a signed guitar with the funds  going to a local charity  takes place on most dates of the tour .

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Lawrence having fun on stage !

With all that mind , these are the five reasons Styx are not to be missed . Please don’t forget to listen to our interview with Laurence Gowan in a previous post. Until next time don’t be a ” Renegade ” and get to a show !

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Exclusive Interview -Lawrence Gowan of Styx

One of the best interviews you will ever hear !

In this call in  interview we talk with Lawrence Gowan of Styx . We discuss family ,how they got the name of the ship from “The Mission ” , bands changing members and audicnce reaction , comic books and fan interaction . This is one fun interview so please have a listen and enjoy .

https://youtu.be/W2lR2r-FjM8

 

 

Live Review – Black Label Society-True Metal At It’s Best !

Get Loud, Get Heavy , The Metal Has Arrived

Cleveland , Ohio – The mighty Black Label Society returned to a capacity crowd this week at Cleveland’s House of Blues . The almost intimate venue was the perfect stage for which Zakk Wylde to sonically shake the ear drums of all within those hallowed walls . One of the most respected guitar  players around , along with a band that has to prove their musical chops on a nightly basis . This was metal for the masses . Imagine guitarist Dario Lorina stress as a musician . You are Zakk Wylde’s guitar player , that is one hell of a supervisor as your job .

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The crowd was packed at the House of Blues with BLS shirts and tattoos everywhere . It was almost cult like but not , these were well versed metal heads ranging from 14 to 60 years of age and they came to rock . Zakk played close to two hours of music and the fans could not get enough ,all 17 songs were ingested like a warm meal with an ice cold beer to wash it down .Some of the fan favorites were ” Heart Of Darkness” ,” In This River ” and ” Fire it Up ”

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This is one well oiled metal machine and we highly recommend you check a performance if they are anywhere within your state. Until next time , Rock On !

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