I’m not going to lie, I got overly spoiled with all of the shows I’ve been shooting from 9:30 Club to Merriweather Post Pavilion to Foo Fighters at Black Cat. I was starting to feel burned out and honestly thought about slowing down to a handful of shows a month. Nothing re-sparked my interest in shooting ALL THE SHOWS until I walked up to The Rocketship for the 8th Annual Halloween Cover Show.
Outside, a group of people all dressed up for Halloween hung out on the porch. Some random person comes up next to me and asks, “Do you have $5?” I gave him $20 since the Halloween cover show benefited SMYAL, an organization working to support and empower LGBTQ community in the Washington metropolitan area. It’s a weird thing. I’m outside anywhere else and I know that guy is trying to rob me. I’m outside a house show, I’m comforted by this idea that he’s probably the door guy.
A small sign on the porch pointed people to the basement entrance. Go inside, shut the door and walk down the narrow stairs. The unfinished ceiling looked like it might cave in. The costumes were on point from the dinosaur to the adult-sized-man baby to each of the bands’ costumes.
Jimmy Eat Brains started off the show. All the hits were sung. Undead Jim Adkins knew most of the words. Undead Other Guitarist was attempting to read the lyrics while he sang. Undead Bass Player was hidden in the background. They had to pick up another drummer since they ate the first one. He’s a lady. By process of elimination, everyone could guess that “Sweetness” was last. Despite the Undead Other Guitarist forgetting the words to “Sweetness,” the crowd screaming drowned out any lyrics he attempted to sing. It was great.
The Plague sang all of their older stuff. The Plague also drank Vampire wine. Kurt Cobaine (Michael Andrade) stood front and center, so excited for The Plague. “Love Song” was one of the last songs to be played and one of their best hits. Robert Smith looked great and had probably the best stage presence, next to Iggy Pop.
Iggy joined Adventure Time in a conquest to kidnap some princesses. Jake was sadly nowhere to be found, but Finn, Marceline, The Ice King and Lady Rainicorn. When she found out she could barely be heard, Iggy yelled back to Chris Moore, “Can I have a little more me? It’s not about me. It’s about everyone, but could I have a little more me?” Iggy made out with David Bowie who did the clapping during one song. Iggy climbed onto the ceiling – her crotch in my face at one point – and then sadly fell and cut her side open. Iggy was fine and continued the rest of the set.
The Replacements didn’t show up as scheduled. The band who went on said, “We’re not The Replacements. Don’t ask.” Not The Replacements’s drummer broke two drum sticks. People kept shouting for more songs. One guy screamed that he wanted to hear “Jail Break” and when they wouldn’t play it, he went up and sung it himself. Not The Replacements screamed, “CUT THE MIC.”
As I left, I found the guy who stole the show. Cheeseburger was outside. Cheeseburger is a pug dressed as a chicken. Cheeseburger wanted to eat a Canon. Cheeseburger was my favorite.
After the second show the following day, organizer Chris Moore said, “We raised $1640 between both shows. We have done these Halloween cover benefit shows for about eight years now. They are a ton of fun and a cool chance to raise some money for a good cause.”
Jimmy Eat Brains (Jimmy Eat World), The Plague (The Cure), Iggy and Adventure Time (The Stooges) and Not The Replacements raised $778 at a benefit show in a basement. Iggy fell from the ceiling and cut her side open after her crotch was in my face. Cheeseburger, the pug dressed as a chicken, greeted you as you left. Respect the space. Go to house shows.
Not The Replacements (members of Sick Fix, Aloners)
Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Adventure Time (The Stooges, members of The Rocketship, Gouge Away)
The Plague (The Cure, members of Priests, People’s Drug)
Jimmy Eat Brains (members of Maloso)
Some of the Best Costumes