That's me with Philip H. Anselmo. You may know him as the former vocalist of Pantera. He's also the current vocalist of Down, Superjoint and Scour. He has been in a million other bands, but I don't feel like listing them. Most importantly, Phil is one of my idols, and I realize that opens me to a world of judgment from bored, blasé metalheads. I don't care. In my eyes, he is one cool motherfucker. There is an unspoken bond between folks who deal (or have dealt with) chronic pain and back surgeries. Speaking of which, Phil and I have both had intrusive back surgeries. Recovery isn't fun, and if you've been where I've been, you understand.
So where did I meet Phil(ip)? On Friday evening, I attended the Mad Monster Party convention in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Devout readers will remember past write-ups. I have gone to almost every event each year since its inception. Usually, I focus on the well-stocked dealer room, unless there is a guest/celebrity that I MUST meet. 2017 was no different, albeit in a different city (MMP normally invades Charlotte, NC). They had a small, yet operational carnival rocking outdoors, ferris wheel included. Brilliant idea! Carnivals and the horror genre interlink in explosive - dare I say, orgasmic - ways. It can be hard to explain, but when I'm at a good carnival, I imagine that I'm in a slasher. The food and the atmosphere are top-notch.
I'll post pictures in a minute. First, I wanted to go over my haul. I picked up two t-shirts (a garish, lemon yellow Killer Klowns From Outer Space design and a cool Trick or Treat print on black...if only Sammi Curr was at the convention!), a DVD (gotta support VHSPS) and three actual VHS tapes (to be reviewed). I found a boss Texas Chainsaw Massacre lunchbox and I was lucky enough to get a Godzilla autograph. To be specific, Tsutomo Kitagawa signed a photo for me. He played Big G in the Millennium series. There were other shenanigans, but let's get on with it, shall we?
Caught in mid-badass.
Tsutomu! One of his assistants gave me a bottle of Japanese hot sauce. My stomach is going to hate me.
Kane Hodder was doing photo-ops in his New Blood gear. This wasn't him, but the costume looked great.
Mad Monster's "mascot," if you will.