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GOBLIN performing Live in London Ontario For SHOCK STOCK 2012

During the month of April 2012 I had the opportunity to volunteer for Canada’s only Horror and Exploitation VHS Swap Convention- SHOCK STOCK 2012. While many crazy and exciting events took place I especially loved this one.

The legendary prog-rock horror band GOBLIN performed in London, Ontario Canada. This was a huge deal, with This being their first show in Canada! Lots of hoopla and hearsay surrounds what happened on this night, for another event was scheduled to take place before the GOBLIN show. Joanna Angel (link NSFW), the creator of Burning Angel was to perform a zombie striptease, but certain bylaws in this conservative town limit where “arousing” performances could be made. I will publicly state that Joanna Angel and the SHOCK STOCK organizers were harassed by local officials, with the police force going so far as to send tactical officers into the Centennial Hall “checking up” on Joanna Angels signing table.

With this being said, Our local firefighters are allowed-nay-encouraged to strip for charity in front of hundreds of “aroused” citizens. I am perfectly OK with these events going on, but when the law is completely disregarded when city officials are breaking it, then I get fairly pissed off. Ultimately the event is starting to get a bit of press in ourĀ  city, but our local news service( a CTV-owned company) refuses to cover it.

This was a disappointment, but it was not the main act, and so GOBLIN still went onto the stage after some choice words by co-organizer Jake Grimbro. They still performed beautifully, and they still tore the fucking house down. It was amazing, with renditions of Friday the 13th and other horror themes. Classic Argento soundtracks were executed with dancing hands on several synths, sweeping bass solos, and a smashing 3-5 minute drum extravaganza near the end of the show. I couldn’t have asked for more, and I thank Vagrancy Films, Grimbrothers Entertainment, Dr. Dukes VHS swap, Bob’s Ultimate Meats and all the businesses that could attend this amazing weekend!

For photos of this lovely show and crazy-as-fuck weekend I turn you to my partners (Milaslova sweatereyes) amazingĀ  photo sets of the horror and exploitation convention SHOCK STOCK 2012, found here and here.!!!!!!

post script- I will be posting my own photos and more memories of the days while working at the Vagrancy Films merchandise table for SHOCK STOCK 2012.