May 26, 2007, I went to the Nuart to see "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
It was the first time I had been to ROCKY HORROR since 1995, and my first
visit to the Nuart since 1997.
I simply could not resist anymore. I had to see what was going on.
The place was SOLD OUT! And I had a blast!
O' THE FLESH have been the cast for the Nuart since 1987.
There's some real talent at work here.
They're organized, professional, entertaining. And there's always got
a big line of people outside waiting to get in.
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went with no costume, and maintained a low profile. I was sure that no
one there would know me.
As I was standing in line, I heard a voice say, "Hey! I remember
I turned around and saw Dennis Miller. It was good to see him still involved
with ROCKY HORROR.
I was thrilled to see that people were still very much in love with ROCKY
HORROR. Just like me.
To be able to sit and sing the entire show REALLY LOUD made me feel better
than I had in a long time.
I also got a kick out hearing a bit of response dialog that I KNOW
I created in 1979.
I could now enjoy going to ROCKY HORROR with an experienced, adult point
I consider that night to be the night that I officially "went back
I got a hold of Richard and Julie when I first heard word of a Con.
When it was confirmed, he & I went to work getting new costumes together.
It wasn't long before we started digging out old photos. By sheer luck
we found two mint condition copies of Velvet Magazine from May 1980.
I still didn't have the means to create a decent Crim costume, so decided
to go back to my roots as a Transylvanian.
We were back...again.
On July 28, 2007, we attended the MIDNIGHT
INSANITY Presentation of "The
Pirates Of Transylvania".
The event was held in the Royal Court Theater aboard R.M.S. Queen Mary
in Long Beach CA.
Richard & I put together new costumes just for the occasion. It was
the first Con appearance of EROTIC NIGHTMARES
I was honored to have attended the event with my friends, Richard Gifford,
Julie Ford, & Jill McManus.
We have been friends for almost 3 decades...and we still love ROCKY HORROR!
It was great to once again represent the legacy of The Tiffany Theater,
25 years after it's heyday.
Sal Piro was there. It was good to see him again.
It was wonderful to meet devoted ROCKY HORROR people.
RICHARD GIFFORD, JILL McMANUS, TROY MARTIN, JULIE
Pirates Of Transylvania
Long Beach CA
July 28, 2007
Richard, once again, won "Best Riff-Raff" in the costume contest!
He was awarded a great trophy. We spent the night aboard the Queen Mary.
After we got back to my place the next morning, Richard looked at his
new trophy and was silent for a long time.
I was a bit worried that he might have thought the experience was a let-down
or a waste of time.
He finally looked at me, smiled, and said, "That was fun!"
Richard & I went back to see MIDNIGHT INSANITY
a few times afterward.
They are currently at The
Art Theater of Long Beach. They're another talented, professional
group. Go See Them.
Richard & I started visiting the Nuart regularly, and we managed to
get down to the Queen Mary a few times.
We enjoyed meeting other devoted ROCKY HORROR fans. We simply could not
get enough of ROCKY HORROR.
It was around this time that I first heard the term "shadowcast'.
I would like to state for the record, that I have, and I always will HATE
the term "shadowcast'.
I hated it from the very first time that I heard it. To me, the term "shadowcast"
sounds juvenile and amateurish.
I prefer to use the old skool term from my era..."The Floorshow".
Chichilos is my pal from Switzerland. We played together in a band in
the 80's called HONCHOWONKO.
He was visiting the US for the first time in over 20 years.
He had heard so much about ROCKY HORROR over the years, but was still
On March 22, 2008, Richard & I took Chichilos to the Nuart.
"Ce sera la coup de gace pour moi. Les potes iront au Cinema voir
le "ROCKY HORROR!"
July 23, 2008, MTV annonunced that they would be re-making of "THE
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
The original press release stated that the film "may also include
music not featured in the original."
ROCKY HORROR fans knew that was a load of crap.
O'Brien stated publicly that he had nothing to do with a remake.
Bostwick also called it "a waste of money."
Needless to say, this was not welcome news in Transylvania.
The Internet was rife with outrage and disbelief. Audiences were angry.
A website called "Stop The Remake" started a petiton and gathered
nearly 30,000 signatures.
of September 1, 2009, the plan was scuttled...for now.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute!" opened at Universal
Studios Hollywood in 2009.
To me, this proved that ROCKY HORROR was now fully accepted and weaved
into American culture.
I like to think that the ROCKY HORROR fans from my generation were right
And for me, the best part of it all was that being involved with ROCKY
HORROR was fun again.
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