Astronomicon 2 Brings Fans Together !

Sterling Heights,Michagen – The fine folks at Astronomicon  put on a stellar show this weekend to the delight of travelers far and wide .I met fans from all over Canada , California , Ohio and Pennsylvania .They came for one reason and one reason only  , fandom . The fans of comics, movies, TV shows and music converged this weekend into a who’s who of fun and creativity .

Twiztid state at the con
Twiztid s prop  at the con

The talent behind the band TWIZTID originated the idea and gave back to the community that supported them by putting on their own pop culture convention . The fans came out in droves and had a great time . There was a wedding and a pop culture game show put on by Loose Cannons Entertainment called Fandom Madness that had a celebrity version .The big winners were Ming Chen and Mike Zapzic of Comic Book Men TV Show fame. I guessed they would have won for once I was right .Hidden in plain site was Ricky Rat the bass player for famed punk band ” The Dead Boys “.

Bam Margera
Bam Margera

Bam Margera made an a appearance along with such music luminaries as Mr Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister fame .

Comic Book Men
Comic Book Men

 

Edward Furlong was a fan  delight as well as he does not act like a Hollywood person more like a buddy you could hang out with .

Great Artists as the con
Great Artists as the con

One of my personal favorites was Tiny Lister from Friday and The Fifth Element fame who proved being a bad guy in films means your a nice family guy in real life . This guy made the con one of my favorites just by his attitude .

Tiny Lister
Tiny Lister
Cosplayer
Cosplayer

The cosplay community came out in full force, both the average cosplayer and even a GHOST BC cosplayer , that I have never seen as a con before.

Ghost Cosplay
Ghost Cosplay

The event was not to be missed and I am sure they they will repeat it next year with even more great guests and fun for all . To keep abreast please see the official website at http://www.astronomicon.com

Synapse Films bring you the best movies and cult classics on Blue Ray
Synapse Films bring you the best movies and cult classics on Blue Ray
Comic Book Box Protectors
Comic Book Box Protectors
Sci Fi Music as its best !
Sci Fi Music as its best !

 

 

 

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister Coming to Rocksino Oct 27

Dee Snyder Live On Stage
Dee Snyder Live On Stage

NORTHFIELD, OH, September 7, 2017—Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister with Special Guest Killcode will rock its Hard Rock Live Stage 8:00pm, Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets $62.50/$45.50/$33.00.

While perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80’s sensation, Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider. He has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice; Gone Country with John Rich; MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse; Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle; ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Holiday Homes.  He is also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America, HYPERLINK “http://www.houseofhaironline.com/”houseofhaironline.com. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year long stint as the voice on MSNBC.

Loud N’ Lima Brings Music Icons to The Fans

 Bret Michaels at Loud N " Lima 2017
Bret Michaels at Loud N ” Lima 2017

Lima, Ohio -The unique location of Allen County Fairgrounds played host to a veritable who’s who of musical icons over the weekend to the delight and surprise of many of fans .The list of artists was to numerous to repeat but we did our best to catch the feel and vibe of this wonderful event.The inaugural Loud N’ Lima proved to be a success with the fans so much in that organizers Jake Bame and Eric Schaaf vowed to bring it back next year. I have to be honest was it perfect? , no it was not , no event  is and it will have growing pains ,this was after all their first festival and no one can depend on the weather in Ohio so muddy it was .

 

Dee Snyder Live On Stage
Dee Snyder Live On Stage

I got to the show late just in time to catch Dee Snyder , formerly of Twisted Sister who’s dedication to the American way of life for ” Were Not Gonna Take It ” was awe inspiring.

Steel Panther Live On Stage
Steel Panther Live On Stage

Steel Panther continued to prove why they are a draw and just a lot of fun to be around , except live the kids at home it an adult only show !

3 Doors Down Live On Stage
3 Doors Down Live On Stage

The only 90’s artist on the line up 3 Doors Down , who played some great songs and thanked just about everyone on the planet !

Steelheart Live on Stage
Steelheart Live on Stage

 

The rain came Saturday and so did the mud but the music  continued , with the  Bullet Boys opening the festival .The highlight of Saturday for me was the amazing Steelheart who I have never seen before and I was able to see them perform the songs from the movie ” Rock Star ” one of my favorite albums .The whole band was amazing but to be honest I am biased because Lizzy Borden’s bassist  Marten Anderson was handling bass duties that day and the band sounded super tight .

Kevlar Live on Stage
Kevlar Live on Stage

I slipped over to the side stage and watched the very talented band “Kevlar ” tear it up . This band should have been on the main stage , they are that talented.

Lita Ford Live On Stage
Lita Ford Live On Stage

I really got a kick out of seeing Lita Ford perform as I am huge “Runaways” fan. I was fortunate  enough to be at a private party in California  a few years ago where I saw her and Ronnie Montrose play together .She is a  true class act .

Bret Michaels Live On Stage
Bret Michaels Live On Stage

The big headliner Saturday night was none other then Bret Michaels a fan favorite and all around nice guy.This man goes out of his was to use his celebrity to help people and we salute him.

Love N Revenge live on stage
Love N Revenge live on stage

Sunday came and the day dried up and the rain held off .The Metal Gods were at work. The first band on the bill that morning was Love N” Revenge , great pipes on that singer and a sold band , hope to see them again.

Troy live on stage , what a great smile !
Troy live on stage , what a great smile !

Next up was Troy ,I was not  familiar  with this band but they proved a welcome addition to this mornings set.

Vince Neil live on stage
Vince Neil live on stage

To close out the festivities the organizers brought out the big guns .Mr Vince Neal of Motley Crue , who played a lot of his former bands songs to the delight of many in the crowd .His  backup band was most of Slaughter and that put a huge smile  on my face as Dana Strum is one of the best bassists in music today.

So was it a successful festival? To  paraphrase  Obi Wan Kenobi ” it all depends on our point of view” So from the point of view of a fan, yes it was , great music , good food and a safe  environment  and a place to camp all made this a rewarding experience .I really hope to be back next year and see what they can do with the gloves off , time to  rock ladies and gentleman .