Halloween and rock ‘n’ roll go together like tawdry novelty pop songs and Christmas. You could say they’re a match made in hell.
[NOTE: This is an archived post from Almost Famous, a music blog which I ran from 2012-2013]
While the rest of the world flirts with the spooky, the supernatural, the creepy, weird and crazy just once a year, rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest showmen surround themselves in it daily as part and parcel of their whole persona, and have become very successful in doing so.
Indeed, devils and demons, the occult and obscene have long provided rock stars with influence on record, but it’s when they take that influence to the live arena and revelling in the entertainment value of ghosts, goblins and ghouls galore that they’re most memorable.
In a celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, here’s five awesome horror inspired live shows.
1) Alice Cooper
It would be impossible to kick off any list about scary stage shows with anyone other than the originator of shock ‘n’ roll theatrics, Alice Cooper.
One of music’s greatest live performers, the legendary singer never fails to entertain his fans with elaborate sets, horror influences and, yes, awesome tunes. Just check out this introduction to his Brutally Live 2000 show.
If Alice Cooper was responsible for showing us that live gigs could be fun and scary at the same time, GWAR took that concept, gave it their own gruesomely grotesque twist, and gave the world a stage show that is, quite frankly, insane. From their over-the-top costumes to dead monster baby things which squirt the crowd with blood, a GWAR gig is something akin to the most awesome nightmare you ever had.