Mushroomhead will celebrate their 16th annual Halloween show with their first live DVD shoot. On Saturday, October 31, Cleveland's masked metal kings will stage their most elaborate Halloween concert to date, incorporating props from previous years, at the Agora Theater (5000 Euclid Ave.).
"Take the last five Halloween shows, and throw 'em all together — plus some extras," says drummer/band leader Steve "Skinny" Felton.
A crew will shoot with five professional cameras, two of them high-definition. The band will play two songs it has never played before. Skinny won't reveal which ones, but says they include a track from 2003's XIII and one from 2007's Savior Sorrow. There's no release date set for the DVD.
The concert will be a blowout. Felton says Tenafly Viper — his Southern-rock/metal side project, which also features 'Head co-frontman Waylon — may play a short set. And it will be the CD-release party for Foose, the new hardcore band from Spudmonsters/Run Devil Run frontman Don Foose. Ventana, Straight Line Stitch, Cellbound, Mutiny Within and Crossbreed are also on the bill. Doors are 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $28 advance, $32 day of show.
Halloween will last all weekend long at the newly reanimated Chamber (11814 Detroit Ave.). On Wednesday, October 28, DJ Scotty D will spin dark '80s tunes and play zombie movies. October 30, Encoder programmer Cable (of Violent Playground party renown) will join regular Friday DJ Darknave to spin industrial and darkwave. Nave, formerly of PKS, is best known for his goth-industrial band Lestat, which recently reformed after a nine-and-a half-year hiatus. They're rehearsing new material and plan to return with live shows and a studio album next year. Visit MySpace.com/thebandlestat for details. And on Saturday — Halloween night — the goth-dance club will host its annual Halloween party, with food, a costume contest and "cheesy horror movies."
On Halloween night at Rockstar Cleveland (2045 E. 21st St.), members of the Missing and some national visitors will perform as Onethirtyeight, a tribute to horrorcore icons the Misfits. The show will be a Peabody's/Ghost Laboratories costume party, with prizes and specials. Admission is $2 with costume, $5 without; doors are at 8 p.m.
Mr. Gnome's new CD, Heave Yer Skeleton, will be available at their Halloween headlining set at the Sachsenheim Hall's (7001 Denison Ave.) Freakers' Ball. The official release party is at the Beachland December 18.