On February 2, 2014, I celebrated my 35th Anniversary as a ROCKY HORROR
fan at the Nuart Theater.
It was much larger turnout than I expected. Once again, SINS
O' THE FLESH put on a great show!
At the end of the night, I was given the honor of "Holding The Globe",
a proud SINS tradition.
These days I consider the Nuart to be my "home" Rocky theater.
Los Angeles CA
February 2, 2014
Photo by Frank Farrell
of course, EROTIC NIGHTMARES were
there, too. It was also Richard & Julie's 35th year as Regular Frankie
It also was Richard's birthday and his 34th Anniversary of playing Riff-Raff.
The crowd gave him a thundering round of applause.
Little did any of us know that it would be his last appearance at ROCKY
RICHARD GIFFORD, JULIE FORD, TROY MARTIN
Los Angeles CA
February 2, 2014
Photo by Frank Farrell
March 27, 2014, I attended "An
Evening With Tim Curry!" at the Silent
Movie Theatre in Hollywood.
It was a very rare opportunity to hear Tim talk about his career.
It was also his first public appearance since suffering a stroke and
year and a half earlier.
The event SOLD OUT less than 20 minutes after it was announced.
The event would include a screening of "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
There were to be no costumes and no audience participation.
The Silent Movie Theater only has 184 seats and a couple of standing
room only spots.
Like a lot of people, I didn't have a ticket. I didn't care. I was going
to show up to show support for Tim whether I got in or not.
AN EVENING WITH TIM CURRY
Silent Movie Theater
March 27, 2014 From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton
and I showed up about an hour before the doors opened and waited in
line at the box office.
We met two young ladies named Alicia Schomer and Claire Wineland in
line ahead of us. They had some very cool vintage Rocky items.
Members of SINS O' THE FLESH, and
ROCKY HORROR Legends Ray Thompson and Bill Ung were there, too.
As we were standing there, Eric Idle walked by. He stopped to shake
hands and say "Hello".
After the doors opened and the crowd was let in, there were 12 people
still in line at the box office, including Lisa and myself.
A pretty young lady came out of the lobby, took a head count and said,
"You're all getting in." Well...that was easy!
We entered the theater and sat down. Tim was already seated by the side
of the stage.
When the lights came up and Tim was introduced, the audience gave him
standing ovation that lasted for almost 2 minutes.
His mind and wit were still razor sharp. The audience hung on his every
Tim thanked everyone for coming and apologized for have to sit in "this
chariot", as he referred to it.
He said, "On July 13, 2012...Friday the 13th...I suffered what
used to be referred to as an 'insult to the brain'."
He told us that he had taken up painting, and that he considered himself
a horrible painter.
He also mentioned that he was in the process of dictating his memoirs.
And he told us that he really loves California.
The Q&A lasted about an hour. Tim spoke about how his career started
with the Original London Cast of "Hair" in 1968.
He reminded us that, "My specialty roles are Louche, Brio and
He talked a lot about his experiences while filming "Annie".
He said that one of his favorite projects was "Three Men In
He mentioned "Clue" and "Legend".
He and Eric spoke about "Spamalot". Unfortunately,
not a word was spoken about Pennywise.
He was then asked about what he thought of ROCKY HORROR the first time
that he saw it as an audience participation event.
He answered, "My first thought was 'why don't they just...stop?'"
He also referred to Frank as "one tough fuck".
After the Q&A, Tim was, as always, swarmed by a group of people.
He seemed very much at ease.
I approached him, stuck out my hand and told him "It's always
good to see you, sir."
He smiled, shook my hand, and said "Thank you."
His assistants then helped him out to the patio, and the screening of
the film began.
TROY MARTIN, BERNIE BREGMAN, BILL UNG
April 26, 2014
The Art Theater
Long Beach CA
Photos by Bernie Bregman
April 26, 2014, I visited The Art Theater to see MIDNIGHT
Bill Ung has been involved with ROCKY HORROR for over 25 years, and
that night was his Farewell Show.
It was also the first time I had been to their new theater. Bernie Bregman
was very gracious to give me a ride there and back.
As a special bonus to the event was Bill's performance of "Once
In A While". During the song, Bill was surrounded by a dozen
Having seen ROCKY HORROR in Long Beach many times and a few different
casts over the last 35 years, all I can say is: MIDNIGHT INSANITY is one of the
best Rocky Floorshow casts I've ever seen.
July 19, 2014, I celebrated my birthday at the Nuart with SINS
O' THE FLESH. I can honestly say that it was one of the best
birthdays I ever had.
So many of my friends from the ROCKY HORROR community were there that
Shelley Foss showed up! I hadn't seen her since the 20th Anniversary
Show at the Roxy in 1995. ROCKY
HORROR Legends Larry Viezel and Shawn Stutler from THE
HOME OF HAPPINESS in Montclair NJ were on hand to film interviews
for their up-coming documentary, "ROCKY
HORROR SAVED MY LIFE". I really enjoyed seeing these two
Legends again and meeting Paulie DeLarge and Boo Stewart.
I really loved doing the interview. Their questions were direct, intelligent,
and they sparked wonderful memories.
During the interview, Larry asked me, "What is your favorite callback
line?" I thought it was a great question since no one has ever
asked me that before.
So here it is...."Ahhh...I grow weary of this world! When shall
we return to Transylvania, huh?"...Huh...huh...huh...Stayin'
Alive! Stayin' Alive!"
Another thing that made my night was that there so many Crims in attendance.
As the Most Senior of Crims in the ROCKY HORROR community,
it was my pleasure to watch a young Crim performing for the first time.
It reminded me of a certain night back in 1979.
ROCKY HORROR SAVED MY LIFE
BERNIE BREGMAN, RAY THOMPSON, JAIMIE FROEMMING, TROY MARTIN, JESSE MERLIN,
LARRY VIEZEL, SHAWN STUTLER, BOO STEWART, CLARA VEDA BECKA, ALEX BROWNING,
Los Angeles CA
July 19, 2014
September 12, 2014, Larry dug into his vast collection and sent me a
photo of the signed Tiffany lobby poster.
Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell had since added their autographs to
Like many other people, I'm grateful knowing that the Tiffany sign,
Barry's Tighty Whities, and the signed Lobby poster have all been preserved.
The people that have these items realize and respect their importance
and historical significance.
These artifacts are representative of "The First Era Of Rocky"
in Southern California, and some of the most wonderful times of my life. Another thing I did for my 35th Anniverary was to create this variation
of a popular Internet meme. People like it.
HORROR VARIATION ON A POPULAR INTERNET MEME Troy Martin
on November 26, 2014, Richard Gifford passed on. He was 55 years old.
He was my closest friend, and my ROCKY HORROR creative partner.
Richard was one of the finest people that I ever knew. We were shattered
by his loss.
Richard Gifford was a ROCKY HORROR Legend and Pioneer in every sense of
With the exception of Richard O'Brien, nobody did Riff-Raff like
Richard Gifford. Richard was Riff-Raff.
I could always count on Richard to be there at ROCKY HORROR. Now, things
were going to be different.
On December 7, 2014, his family and friends gathered to celebrate his
life in Norco CA.
Steve Cartoon came all the way down from Seattle in order to attend, and
together we drove to Norco to honor our friend.
Julie Ford, Jill McManus, Michele Morris, Selina Phanara, Laurie Gordon,
Kurt Koenig, and Bob Nye showed up, too.
It was one of the most poignant, yet most beautiful events Ithat I have
ever attended. Richard had some wonderful family and friends.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF RICHARD GIFFORD
TROY MARTIN, JILL McMANUS, JULIE FORD, SELINA
MICHELE MORRIS, STEVE CARTOON, KURT KOENIG Norco
December 14, 2014 Photo
by Bob Nye
came up with the idea of I placing Richard's ashes in a "Folger's
Mountain Grown Aroma Roasted" coffee can.
Richard was a fan of "The
Big Lebowski", and I knew that he would have loved the idea.
Unfortunately, his ashes were not ready on the day of the event, so the
next day, Steve & I drove to the former location of the Tiffany Theater.
Steve was astounded by the huge hole in the ground that used to be our
The South sidewalk of Sunset & La Cienaga had been closed during the
day ever since construction of the new project began in 2013.
Public parking had been almost completely removed on most of the block
on both sides of the street.
We found a parking spot in front of Johnny Rockets, the former location
of Ben Franks.
We were only able to get as far as the North corner of Sunset Boulevard
& Alta Loma Road before we were stopped by the construction barriers.
We conducted a symbolic "Big Lebowski" ceremony and left. I
knew that I would come back later when there was less people around.
TROY MARTIN, STEVE CARTOON
The Former Location of The Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
December 8, 2014
December 14, 2014, I began the task of dispersing Richard's ashes in all
of his favorite ROCKY HORROR locations.
I intended to give Richard the ROCKY HORROR send-off that he would have
loved and so rightly deserved.
Under the cover of night, I drove 150 miles to achieve my goal. I started
at the Ashwood Apartments, our 90's Castle, in Moreno Valley.
Heading West towards Riverside, I stopped at the former location of the
UA 4 Tyler Mall, where we met in 1979.
The theater is now a book store, but the building is exactly the same.
I left some of his ashes next to the back doors to what used to be Theaters
1 & 3.
From there I went to the location of our EROTIC
NIGHTMARES Castle on Burton Street in La Sierra.
The area had certainly changed. I didn't feel safe for some reason and
I stuck out like a sore thumb.
It quickly dawned on me that it was the first time that I had been to
any of these locations at night since 1981.
When I got back to Hollywood, I placed them the gardens of my home and
our 80's Hollywood Castle.
On Christmas Eve, I placed them in the foyers of both the Hollywood &
Western Building and the Los Altos Hotel And Apartments.
I then started driving down Sunset Boulevard and I stopped at Crossroads
Of The World, Harmony Gold, and Carney's.
I placed some of his ashes outside of both the loading dock and the stage
door of the Roxy, and in the alley in between the Roxy and the Rainbow
As I was leaving the Roxy, I noticed that the winds were really starting
to pick up.
I was pleased that Richard's ashes would be spread by the powers of nature,
and not by someone carrying a leaf blower or a garden hose.
From there, I then drove to the former location of the Tiffany Theater.
This was where he always loved to be.
I figured that the South sidewalk of Sunset & La Cienaga would still
be closed. I didn't care. I had to do this.
This was going to be the hard part. It was risky and potenially dangerous,
but I was determined in my mission.
Much to my surprise, I found that the sidewalk was open, and a free, legal
parking space at the corner of Alta Loma Road.
I couldn't believe it. Another great thing was that there was no one around
to distract, interrupt, or interfere with my goal.
And then, as if by destiny, I found that there was a wide gap in between
the fences located directly in front of where the entrance to the Tiffany
used to be.
I looked down and I could see that it was a 50 foot drop from the street
level to the bottom of the new foundation. Scary.
I gave a ROCKY HORROR-themed version of "The Big Lebowski" speech
and reached through the gap in the fence.
I then spread the majority of Richard's ashes by emptying the "Folger's
Mountain Grown Aroma Roasted" coffee can.
I watched as his ashes dropped to the bottom of the foundation. The winds
were getting stronger now.
I reflected for a few minutes, and then headed East to my last stop...the
Vista Theater. Richard loved the Vista.
I spread his ashes in the foyer among the handprints and footprints of
actors that appeared in many of his favorite films.
The next day...Christmas Day...65 mph winds swept through Hollywood all
day long and well into the evening.
It was the best present that I could have recieved that day.
On December 27, 2014, I attended Sarah Presley's Rocky Retirement Show
at the Nuart Theater.
With Sarah and Allison Bellon as witnesses, I spread the last of Richard's
ashes in the VIP line outside of the theater right after the show had
And in accordance with Richard's wishes, I donated all of his ROCKY HORROR
costumes to SINS O' THE FLESH.
Liz Stockton liked his Frank cape so much that she wore it that night
during "Sweet T".
Change is the rhythm of life...and Richard Gifford Saved My Life.
marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
On April 10, 2015, it was announced that FOX would be producing a two-hour
event special, tentatively titled "The
Rocky Horror Picture Show Event".
It was described as a described as "a reimagining of the campy
Naturally, there was controversy. Some people welcomed the idea. And some
people just completely lost their minds.
I look at it like this...it's the 40th Anniversary of the release of "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW",
I'm really happy about that.
If FOX and Lou Adler want to make a TV special to mark the 40th Anniversary
and to keep ROCKY HORROR in the public eye, then it's OK by me.
I will watch it when it airs. I can only hope that it's better than "The
Rocky Horror Glee Show" or even "SHOCK TREATMENT",
for that matter.
I consider myself a true ROCKY HORROR fan. I will always welcome any endeavor
that keeps ROCKY HORROR in the public eye.
April 14, 2015, I took one of my rare daytime walks into downtown Hollywood.
Usually, I drive to take care of business that occurs during the day,
but there are those times when I want to see Hollywood up close and personal.
I tend to avoid Hollywood Boulevard as much as I can these days unless
I have specific business, so I started on Sunset Blvd.
I reflected on all of the changes that have taken place over the years.
A lot of people, places, and things that attracted me to Hollywwood in
the first place are gone now.
As I neared Crossroads of the World, I noticed the Dearly
Departed Tours and Gallery and remembered that I had never been
I had heard that there were some unique ROCKY HORROR artifacts on display
in the back of the gallery. So I walked in. I was really glad I did.
Great place! It was nice meeting Scott Michaels, the owner and the author
of "Rocky Horror: From Concept To Cult". Scott
has Sadie Corre's Transylvanian costume, Brian Thompson's production models,
and Peter Hinwood's shooting script on display.
I loved all of the artifacts in his wonderful gallery. It was the highlight
of my day.
I was so pleased to see a ROCKY HORROR gallery so close to Crossroads
Of The World, the location of so many wonderful memories.
I went back a few days later and bought another copy of "Rocky Horror:
From Concept To Cult" from Scott.
He autographed it for me. I'm always happy to have a book signed by the
He still had a few copies left, so if you're reading this (which I hope
you have been), buy one.
Something that I added to my collection was a screen accurate copy of
"The Denton Affair" prop book from Shawn
In all of my years of being involved in ROCKY HORROR, I never had a "proper
Crim book". And now I do.
It's the best ROCKY HORROR prop that I own, and it's prominently displayed
in my library. Another
book that I added to my collections is "People
Like Us: The Cult Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show" by Lauren
It's my goal to have as many people that are in the book to autograph
it for me as possible.
And if you happen to have a copy...which you should...I'll be happy to
autograph it for you if you like.
I'm pages I'm on pages 32 & 33. There are also comments by me on pages
24 & 25, along with a a photo of Richard & Julie Ford in the audience.
got involved with rockyhorrorwiki.org.
I intend to post everything that I can remember.
I encourage ALL ROCKY HORROR fans to participate. So many stories have
yet to be told.
September 26, 2015 marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" in the USA.
The event was celebrated in New York City at the The
Rocky Horror 40th Anniversary Convention.
I celebrated the 40th Anniversary in a way that I knew best: putting on
my costume and visiting my local ROCKY HORROR theater with my friends.
Julie Ford, Lisa Kurtz Sutton, Michele Morris, Jay Goldstein, and several
other Tiffany Alumni and I gathered at the Nuart.
And as always, SINS O' THE FLESH
extended their "horse brutality" to us.
TROY MARTIN, JULIE FORD, MICHELE MORRIS, JAY
BOBBI SNIDER, LISA KURTZ SUTTON, MARK PRESLEY, CARRON LEON
Los Angeles CA
September 26, 2015 Photo
by Frank Farrell
the Halloween 2015 weekend, several ROCKY HORROR events took place. On
October 30, 2015, the City Of Los Angeles proclaimed the date as "Rocky
Horror Picture Show Day".
At Los Angeles City Hall, Tim Curry, Lou Adler, and Sal Piro were on
hand for the event.
SINS O' THE FLESH
performed for the City Council.
A few hours later, everyone moved to the former location of the UA Westwood
where the film made its US debut 40 years earlier.
Out of all the events that were taking place over the weekend, I knew
that this was the one that I had to attend.
I was thrilled to able to attend a ROCKY HORROR event at the place where
it all began.
And I wanted to show my support for Tim, Lou, Sal, SINS, and all of
my ROCKY HORROR friends, both old and new.
As the event was ending, Tim was moving in my direction. I extended
my hand and said, "It's always good to see you, sir."
He shook my hand and said, "It's nice to see you again, too.
Thank you so much for coming out today."
After the ceremony, the crowd walked a few blocks over to the Regent
Theatre for a screening of the film. and a performance by SINS.
Sal opened the show by picking out the Virgins. It was joy to be part
I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to attend this
event along with so many friends that I have made over the years.
That night SINS O' THE FLESH performed
to a SOLD OUT house at the Nuart.
TROY MARTIN, BILL UNG, LISA KURTZ SUTTON, SAL
PIRO, JESSE MERLIN, CARRON LEON
October 15, 2015
by Nikki Ung
The following night, October 31, 2015, SINS performed
at the "West
Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2015".
Tim Curry was declared the Honorary Mayor of the City Of West Hollywood,
and crowned King of the Carnaval.
I didn't go. I wanted to preserve the memories of when Richard and
I attended the Carnaval in 2010 for the 35th Anniversary.
And besides, I knew that being at the UA Westwood the day before was
far more important and rewarding to me.
On December 30, 2015, I assembled my collection of ROCKY HORROR
pins and bagdes that I have collected over the years.
I consider it to be my artistic contribution to the 40th Anniversary,
and a visual reflection of my own ROCKY HORROR Experience.
I titled it "Completed".
On July 9,
2016, Julie, her brother Frank, Chelsie & I had a photograph taken
of us with Tim, Barry, Pat, and Nell.
JULIE FORD, CHELSIE KRAEMER, BARRY BOSTWICK,
TROY MARTIN, FRANK FARRELL
PATRICIA QUINN, NELL CAMPBELL, TIM CURRY
Los Angeles CA
July 9, 2016
13, 2016, I attended "The
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Premiere"
at the Roxy Theatre.
After the screening, Cisco Adler invited audience members on the stage
I followed in the footsteps of Tim Curry by singing "Sweet Transvestite",
the very first ROCKY HORROR song I ever heard, on the Roxy stage.
I knew that I was the only person on that stage who could sing that
song with the right tone and energy. And I could sing it a lot better
than Laverne. After
it was over, Lou said to me, "You were good!" Oh,
I just love success!
And so...as of
this writing, my story is currently up-to-date.
It has been more than 40 years since I first encountered "ROCKY
I do believe that I am one of the oldest survving Crims in the ROCKY
I even made a fresh, new copy of my Official Fan Club card and retired
my original copy to "the vaults".
I don't leave home without it. I have come to really appreciate all
of the good and even some of the bad experiences I've had.
You never know how things might turn out. Over time, some things get
easier to do, and some things get harder to do.
One thing is certain: I know that I will be "going to Rocky"
for the rest of my life.
I can only guess that there was a reason for me seeing that Roxy cast
LP in the record bin in 1974.
And even more importantly, hearing "Sweet Transvestite" in
my bedroom back in July 1978.
I learned a lot about having, and being able to use, a strong singing
voice from Tim Curry.
Listening to Tim showed me how to "put my back" into my singing.
I certainly consider him to be a mentor.
When I go out to sing, I always try to include "Sweet Transvestite"
in my set. People enjoy it.
I will always love to sing the music from the show. I love to "Sing
It!"...LOUD!!!...with an audience that is familiar and
appreciative of the music itself.
It's a solid, enjoyable vocal work out. Sometimes... you just gotta
scream it out!!!
I retired from performing at ROCKY HORROR a long time ago.
It's fun to watch the latest generations of performers. This is their
But audience participation is another thing. And if you go to ROCKY
HORROR, you have to participate.
It's always great to see an audience enjoying themselves.
There's a lot of things you can't do in the theater anymore, i.e., sex,
open flames, bottles, etc. Some theaters don't even allow rice.
But I always remember what Sherri's mom used to say way back in 1979
when people would bag on ROCKY HORROR:
"Lighten up! Come on out and watch the how the kids have a good
For me, ROCKY HORROR is still One Of The Best Parties That You Could
Ever Go To.
I also look good in in tails, and I like to show it off.
Curry once said that ROCKY HORROR is a "rite of passage"
for some people. I agree with him.
Richard liked to say, "ROCKY HORROR provides a conduit for introverts
to socialize openly, with an eclectic group of individuals."
ROCKY HORROR provides the settings, situations, and environment that is
not available anywhere else.
ROCKY HORROR is an excellent way for all people to express themselves
honestly and socially.
For some people, ROCKY HORROR is the only way for them to able to socialize
For some people, it is a way to build a foundation in many aspects of
the performing arts.
For some people, it's a way to get the Hell out of the house.
And for some, it is a way of life.
And for many, it is all of these things and more.
back, all I can say is:
Some of it was worth it. Some of it I regret.
Some of it was honest. Some of it was deceitful.
Some of it taught me how to stand up for myself. Some of it taught me
when to stand down.
Some of it was easy...it's fun to be mean when you're young. Some of it
was not....especially when it's your turn to be on the receiving end.
Some of it made me life-long friends. Some of it made me an enemy or two.
Some of it was necessary. Some of it was cruel and un-called for.
Some of it was love. Some of it was hate.
Some of it was gentle, innocent, kind, and well-meaning. Some of it was
cold, calculated, vicious, and brutal.
Some of it was sweet deception. Some of it was bitter reality.
Some of it was done face-to-face. Some of it was done behind your back.
Some of it was loyalty. Some of it was betrayal.
Some of it was brilliantly executed. Some of it backfired.
Some of it was right. Some of it was wrong.
Some of it made me look stupid. Some of it made me a star.
it was for the best."
met some of my dearest, life-long friends at ROCKY HORROR.
I learned a lot about people and life, and I learned a lot about myself.
ROCKY HORROR brought me some of the greatest moments of my life. And it
helped get me through some of the worst.
I will always love ROCKY HORROR. I recommend that everyone see it at least
ROCKY HORROR is a part of who I am.
I hope to see you there!