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Last night I finally got to see GOBLIN in concert! :faint1:

If you are scratching your head and asking yourself, "Who or what is Goblin?", then you have sadly been deprived of sufficient exposure to the weird and wacky world of 1970s Italian horror cinema...or Giallo as it is called. Goblin is the Italian prog rock band responsible for the magnum opuses that form the scores of many films of the Giallo genre, including several Dario Argento classics: "Deep Red", "Tenebrae", and "Suspiria". They also did the score for George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead". The original 1970s one.

"Once in a lifetime event" is a phrase that gets overused too often. I mean, it's great to see the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin and all. I feel blessed and lucky to have been able to witness such concerts. But Led Zeppelin toured the U.S. eleven times, and the Rolling Stones have around the same number of U.S. tours under their belt. The odds were pretty much in my favour that I was going to get a chance to see them.

Even a supposed recluse like Brian Wilson, I have seen five or six times since his career rebirth after hooking up with the Wondermints in 2000.

But Goblin's FIRST-EVER tour of North America is truly a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. People have been waiting nearly 40 years for this opportunity. As such, when these shows were announced it sold out lickety-split. In fact, demand was such for the L.A. show, they added two additional nights to the originally scheduled one, and also added extra dates to the North American tour. All October they have been performing in Philadelphia, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Detroit, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, and many other cities across the land. After Los Angeles, they finish up the tour in Austin, TX.

It's not October...it's GOBtober.

Playing music from a plethora of their beloved scores, as well as their albums, Goblin created magic on the Egyptian stage last night.

Tonight is the third and final night of the Los Angeles stand. Thanks to my pals Grant and David at American Cinematheque for hooking me up...and to the people at Beyond Fest for making this event happen.

Some photos from last night...

The venue...The Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

Goblin signing stuff before the show.


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I'm seeing them in Philly this December. I can't wait!!!

You are? That's great news, Wolfman, but for some reason Goblin don't list any dates after Austin on their website...here is the 2013 US Tour dates listed on the site:

October 1 The Loft Atlanta, GA USA

October 3 Orange Peel Asheville, NC USA

October 4 SOLD OUT Ottobar Baltimore, MD USA

October 5 SOLD OUT Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA USA

October 6 SOLD OUT Music Hall Of Williamsburg New York/Brooklyn, NY USA

October 7 Webster Hall New York, NY USA

October 9 SOLD OUT The Sinclair Boston/Cambridge, MA USA

October 10 Le National Montreal, QC CANADA

October 11 Opera House Toronto, ON CANADA

October 12 Crofoot Ballroom Detroit/Pontiac, MI USA

October 13 Metro Chicago, IL USA

October 15 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO USA

October 17 The Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC CANADA

October 18 Neumos Seattle, WA USA

October 19 SOLD OUT Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR USA

October 20 Warfield San Francisco, CA USA

October 21 SOLD OUT Egyptian Theater L.A./Hollywood, CA USA

October 22 SOLD OUT Egyptian Theater L.A./Hollywood, CA USA

October 23 SOLD OUT Egyptian Theater L.A./Hollywood, CA USA

October 25 Housecore Horror Film Festival Austin TX USA

October 27 Housecore Horror Film Festival Austin TX USA

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Wednesday October 23, 2013. Went back for another night of Goblin, this time taking my godson, who is a big horror film fan.


This was the third and final night of Goblin's Los Angeles tour-stop. Next stop is Austin tonight and Sunday. The night went like this: Cocktail reception and meet-and-greet from 6 to 8pm...concert from 8:25 to 10:10 and then after a small intermission, the film would screen around 10:30 or so. The Dario Argento films shown were...

Monday 10.21: Suspiria

Tuesday 10.22: Deep Red

Wednesday 10.23: Tenebrae

The first hour of the concert would be Goblin tracks from their own albums and EPs. Then they performed music from "Dawn of the Dead"/"Zombi", "Tenebre", "Suspiria", "Deep Red", and "Phenomena", while running scenes from each film on the giant screen behind them.

After many different permutations of the band due to internal strife, this is as close to the original Goblin as you're going to get. Founding members Massimo Morante (guitars), Claudio Simonetti (keyboards), and Maurizio Guarini (keyboards), augmented with Bruno Previtali (bass) and Titta Tani (drums).

We had much better seats Wednesday night...front row!...than I had Tuesday.






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