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July 24 is a BIG Day for FreakShow Deluxe

Posted in History of FSD, Upcoming FSD Events on July 24, 2011 by freakshowdeluxe

So today, July 24, 2011, is a big day for FreakShow Deluxe.

Of course, just about EVERY day is a big day for FreakShow Deluxe – so why should this be any different? Well…

Today, once again, MULTIPLE FreakShow Deluxe troupes are out on the road and simultaneously performing. A troupe featuring the great Vincent Wolf, the sly Jonny Panic, master of the macabre William Draven and the one & only Zachary Strange is appearing at our sponsor, Lucky 13 Apparel‘s 20th anniversary celebration, THE TIKI HIGHWAY! Come to Don the Beach Combers in Huntington Beach to see car shows, live tiki carvings, Tiki Farm’s special room, burlesque performers, live music AND your FreakShow Deluxe, plus a lot more — and get a “free” 13 tattoo! How awesome is THAT?!

Did we also mention it is ABSOLUTELY FREE?!!!!!!!

Also – Lucky 13 has looked through our images and chosen something special to make a limited edition Lucky 13 FreakShow Deluxe t-shirt!! Men’s AND Women’s styles available! All kinds of sizes! COME GET ONE!

The whole thing starts at 12 noon, and goes until 7pm. Tell your friends —  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiki-Highway/174452062602742?sk=wall

Then also, today, come to the KANSAS CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL in Kansas City, MO to check out Brother Daniel the Demented, Justin Tune, the Green Monster AND your Reverend Tommy Gunn in a matinee performance at the Gem Theatre at 2:00 pm. They only have one more show after this – and that is Thursday at 6:30pm.

The shows have been VERY well received – so if you are in the area, you need to come and check it out. Tickets are ONLY $5

http://www.kcfringe.org/2011/artist.php?ID=124

The Halloween Season is coming, folks — and there is a LOT more coming. So stay tuned!

Examining 10 years of FreakShow Deluxe (part 4)

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD on April 26, 2011 by freakshowdeluxe

Part of what led to the big changes in FreakShow Deluxe during the 2004 season needs some back story about what else was going on at the time:

Rev. Tommy Gunn had been working for the theater where the PsychoPath Haunted Trail took place for several years, which is what led to the creation of FSD. Over the years he had risen up in the ranks until he was top management. Under his guidance, the theater and the PsychoPath had become more profitable every year, especially with the partnership deal he had worked out with Clear Channel – of which FSD was an integral part.

However, by the summer of 2004, Gunn was on his way out. Despite his successes, he had become unhappy with the company, plus the non-profit theater’s board did not like his management style or approve of him in general and – after repeatedly butting heads and arguing – removed him from his post. There was a lot of ugliness involved in how this came about, and a lot of bad feelings on both sides. Eventually Gunn was informed that neither he, nor FreakShow Deluxe, would be a part of the 2004 PsychoPath event.

While this was going on, tensions were growing inside FSD. Both Reverend Tommy Gunn’s and The Wolf’s big personalities (and egos) were creating a lot of friction. Gunn had taken to making decisions and doing things for the troupe without checking in with The Wolf or anyone else. In turn,  a promotional photo shoot was scheduled without checking with Gunn – and when he could not make it, the rest of the guys decided to go ahead and do it without him. Distrust was growing, and Gunn’s getting canned and banned from the PsychoPath‘s home (and his divorce, which was also starting about this time) did nothing to reassure the rest of the troupe he had their best interests in mind.

Clear Channel, actually, came to the rescue. It seems one of the main reasons they had partnered with the PsychoPath was for the marketability of the FreakShow Deluxe – and they were not about to do the event without FSD. Clear Channel informed the theater’s board that, in no uncertain terms, they were to allow FreakShow Deluxe to do their scheduled shows – and that Reverend Tommy Gunn would be a part of those shows. The board acquiesced, and FSD was back on track.

So the show was back on, but the theater was not going to lend any support to the troupe. Using some ingenuity, and some hard work, the guys built themselves a space where it always had been – though more ornate.  Jonny Grinder built and hand painted a huge decorative facade (with a full-sized ticket box). He also created extensive set pieces. Reverend Tommy Gunn got LED SLED CUSTOMS and BLUE BYRD TATTOO to sponsor the show – and hung their huge banners on the stage.

Miss Malice Aforethought had come on deck at this point, beginning to manage some behind-the-scenes things. She got the boys a camper, which was a BIG boon to them as a warm place to hang out between shows at the especially cold PsychoPath that year. Additionally, with no responsibilities by Gunn to run the event, FSD got to just hang out together – which went a long way to helping them all get along again.

That’s right! By the end of the PsychoPath Haunted Trail, getting ready for Clear Channel’s annual Boo & Brew event, FSD was getting along pretty well! As part of their deal with Clear Channel, FreakShow Deluxe was given a stage in the middle of Dayton’s Oregon District, which was shut down for the BIG party. The camper was parked behind the stage for in between shows, and the boys were excited about the upcoming evening!

Then: disaster!

Leading up to the Boo & Brew showtimes, Reverend Tommy Gunn, The Wolf and Phil had no word from Dirty Jonny Grinder. Phone calls were not be answered, messages were not being returned and, obviously, something was very wrong. Finally – a phone rang…

It turned out that while getting ready for the Boo & Brew at the PsychoPath site, Dirty Jonny Grinder had a horrible industrial accident that had left 3rd degree burns on his face, hands and chest. While working, a small explosion ignited flammable chemicals on his clothing – and he was at the hospital. He would not be doing the shows.

While upset, this helped pull the remaining three together. In tribute to Grinder, Gunn slapped on the skull-type make-up Grinder had been wearing for a good part of the PsychoPath season – and the Freakshow Deluxe hit the stage like a raucous freight train! They brought foot traffic to a standstill in front of their stage – AND then from the stage verbally went after a group of conservative-types protesting the “debauchery” of the event down the street, turning the capacity crowd against them. They brought a contortionist, Baby Doll, up on the stage with them where she wowed the crowds.

By the end of the night they were united and ready to fight anyone who stood against them (and there were plenty of folks who wanted to – but in the end, they all backed down). Thankfully, within a couple of weeks, Dirty Jonny Grinder recovered from his injuries.

But things were not to continue smoothly.

Reverend Tommy Gunn had been talking of returning to Los Angeles, CA for some time. Now, with no job to hold him down, he made plans to move back there. In his preparations he had an epiphany: the realization that FreakShow Deluxe had the potential to really be something big – but that it could only go so far in Dayton, Ohio. In order for the show to get big, it needed to go somewhere it could be noticed… Like Hollywood.

Gunn invited the entire company to come out to California with him – further causing friction with The Wolf, who did NOT want to go as he had both family and other responsibilities in Dayton. Arguments ensued, feelings were hurt, things went awry. At a final local show at Dayton’s The Foundry, The Wolf nearly sliced off his own finger during a stunt – but like a trooper, eschewed a visit to the Emergency Room to finish off the evening’s shows.

With the final move date approaching – tensions were especially high as everyone had to make a final decision of what they were going to do…

Examining 10 years of FreakShow Deluxe (part 3)

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD on March 30, 2011 by freakshowdeluxe

As FreakShow Deluxe prepared for the 2004 PsychoPath Haunted Trail, things were changing… And not everything was changing in a good way.

SPOOKY CAMP –
Good Things: FreakShow Deluxe was invited to perform a couple of shows at local horror host A. Ghastlee Ghoul’s SPOOKY CAMP – a big horror film convention/event full of horror film stars, vendors and mayhem at the Dayton Convention Center! The boys pulled together a great show and really blew audiences away (and Sid Haig, too, fresh from success as Captain Spaulding). FSD got to hang with their friend Dr. Creep and plenty of other cool folks, too.

Bad Things: However, due to some kind of miscommunication (with events being switched around and normal crazy convention stuff), only Rev. Tommy Gunn made it to the second show that weekend. Luckily, he was able to entertain the audience – including a BIG group of Jr. High & High School kids there for some other convention (they totally stapled lots of $$ to him!). At the end of the second show, the rest of the boys showed up – and an argument ensued about what had happened and whose fault it was… A situation that remained unresolved.

BLUE JACKET SHOW –
At the theater where the PsychoPath takes place actually featured a show called “Blue Jacket” throughout the summer. As part of a deal with Rev. Tommy Gunn, who was basically running the whole place at the time, FreakShow Deluxe agreed to a command performance. So one night, after “Blue Jacket” was over, the cast (including a LOT of college-age kids from out-of-town) stayed around for a special late-night show! A great time was had by all who attended.

X-FEST –
Good things:  in preparation for the Haunt, FreakShow Deluxe needed to perform once again at Clear Channel’s annual X-Fest concert! The previous year, with a big stage and a cutting edge show, FSD had been a big success to the near sold-out crowds. This year, the boys were trying to step it up a bit with more of a stage production.

Previously, the set decoration had consisted only of a few props and four simple hand-painted banners done by the Reverend Tommy Gunn. This time, with the amazing talents of Dirty Jonny Grinder, the stage at the X-Fest (and, in turn, the PsychoPath) was going to get pretty crowded. From a metal backdrop with the FSD logo topped with light-up skulls, to a large metal demon ready for grinding, plus decorated boxes for gear and more (including a full-sized, coffin-shaped bed of nails – things definitely looked more interesting! Add to that the teaming up with Travis from The Pickled Brothers Sideshow and two beautiful belly dancers, Jennifer Rose and the lovely Deniz, and the show was a feast for the eyes!

Next to the stage sat FSD‘s own Rev. Tommy Gunn‘s Harley Davidson bobber, courtesy of Dayton’s own LED SLED CUSTOMS, and next to THAT was some new FSD merchandise: dolls and new t-shirts hand-crafted by Dirty Jonny Grinder sitting next to the shirts Tommy Gunn had created the previous year. The shirt featured a spot-on caricature of FSD‘s four boys and the logo, and was very popular. If you got one – that show was the only chance you ever had to do so!

On the bad side: FSD‘s stage at this year’s X-Fest was NOT in the middle of everything – but over to the side (like, the middle of the side) – AND significantly shorter. This made it VERY hard for the capacity crowd (X-Fest was totally sold out) to see what was going on at the stage – especially for acts like the Bed of Nails or Broken Glass – which happen directly on the stage.

Also – some argument was starting between the boys… Little things, really, about who was picking up what props, who had the responsibility of making day-to-day things happen, and what the schedule was and who should set it. The typical growing pains of any group in their position —

But this year’s PsychoPath and the subsequent Boo Bash with Clear Channel would set the course for REAL change in the troupe.

How Did the Dr. Creep Benefit Go?

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD on February 8, 2011 by freakshowdeluxe

Phil, the Reverend & Jonny together at the Dr. Creep Benefit on January 28, 2011. (photo by Melissa)

A lot of folks have been asking: How did things go at the Dr. Creep Benefit? How much money was raised? And how was this “reunion” show?

Well – the Benefit was, in our opinion, a huge success! Put together in only 10 days by Matt Freeman (DJ from VEX), Kelly Walker, Mike Foy & Foy’s Halloween Stores in Fairborn, OH) some great local artists and people who donated items to the Silent Auction (too many to list here), and a performance by FreakShow Deluxe – the crowd packed the club, and the event raised $1,376!!!

As far as the “reunion” – it featured Reverend Tommy Gunn, Jonny Bailout and Phil, who have not performed together on the same stage since 2004. Granted your Reverend and Johnny have done shows together as recently as 2009, and Johnny and Phil were last onstage together in 2008 – but to get all THREE onstage together was quite an accomplishment!

The boys (greatly assisted by Miss Malice Aforethought and our boy Friday, Kyle Thirteen) rocked almost like they have never been apart. The Reverend chewed apart an entire grinder wheel, then did Blockhead. Phil put his face in glass while an audience member stood on him – then Jonny let us try to cut his head off with a scimitar. Phil risked the bed of blades as we smashed concrete blocks on him, the Reverend ate some fire, and then Johnny wrapped it up laying on the bed of nails while audience members stood on him. And the crowd loved EVERY moment of it!

A couple people wondered where FreakShow Deluxe‘s original fourth horseman, The Wolf, was. Well – he did call up Reverend Tommy Gunn a few hours before the event to wish everyone the best, but it turns out he has moved elsewhere and has his own things going on. We wish him the best of luck!

You can still help Dr. Creep and his family!!

Donations can be made by cash or check to: Memorial Account for Barry Hobart/Dr. Creep (account #4240363896) and deposited at any PNC Branch Location
or to: The Barry Hobart/Dr. Creep Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 186 Franklin, Ohio 45005
Contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you so much, everyone, for all your support!! Perhaps more FSD reunions in the future…?

Why is FreakShow Deluxe at the Dr. Creep Benefit?

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD, Upcoming FSD Events on January 27, 2011 by freakshowdeluxe

A number have people sent emails [thomas (at) freakshowdeluxe (dot) com] wondering why Hollywood’s own and ONLY carnival-style sideshow is doing a benefit in Dayton, Ohio – and what does it mean “3 of the original 4 members will reunite on stage?” And just who is this Dr. Creep?

Well – if you have not read enough about the history of FreakShow Deluxe, then please do so here:  https://freakshowdeluxe.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/examining-10-years-of-freakshow-deluxe-part-2/

Hitting the stage at VEX nightclub in Dayton, Ohio will be your Reverend Tommy Gunn, freshly returned from FSD‘s big Hollywood show with We Are The Fallen at the Avalon Theater. Joining him will be Johnny Bailout (who fans may remember as Jonny Grinder back in the old days), who last joined FSD onstage in Memphis, TN for part of the Delta Fair & Music Festival in 2009, AND Phil (who was also called Phildo the Barbarian back in the day), the mysterious & elusive Midwestern Beer Monkey who last appeared together with both the Reverend AND Johnny October 2004.

Some have asked, why isn’t the Wolf, the other original founder of FSD in on this?

It’s because we can’t reach him. That’s the ONLY reason why not. If you know where he is or how to reach him, please help put us in contact with him ASAP! We have been worried about him.

As far as the Dr. Creep connection — Dr. Creep and FreakShow Deluxe have been intertwined since the beginning of the show! From sharing their first stage with him while busking the queue at the Psychopath Haunted Trail in 2001, to bringing him in to host the ‘banned’ FSD Christmas Special on television – to even now, his signature voice provides the voice-over warning at the beginning of nearly every FreakShow Deluxe show! And if it was not for Dr. Creep‘s influence on the young FSD founders, there probably would have NEVER been a FreakShow Deluxe.

How sad would your world be without it?!

So please come out – revel in the reunion and enjoy the show – it’s for a good cause.

DR. CREEP BENEFIT
All proceeds donated to Creep’s Family & Funeral Expenses
featuring FreakShow Deluxe!
January 28, 2011 – Doors open at 9:00pm
18+ is $5
21+ is $3
Vex
101 S. St. Clair St., Dayton, OH 45402

You can also find more details regarding the event HERE: http://www.freakshowdeluxe.com/node/163

I INVENTED SIDESHOW TOUR: Tales from the Road 2

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD on October 21, 2010 by freakshowdeluxe

banner by Nathan Halley

When we last left our intrepid members of FreakShow Deluxe on the 2010 I INVENTED SIDESHOW TOUR, sponsored by Lucky 13 Apparel, they had just finished up some rainy performances at the Ozark Mountain Fair, and were preparing to head to the Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX.

Yeah – there was a fun time.

Hannah Bel and the Amazing Christopher, led by the Reverend Tommy Gunn arrived at the theater, spent eight (8) hours setting up and preparing for the show – only to have the venue owner pull the plug a few minutes before showtime! Apparently, the promoter had failed to actually do what he was supposed to – preshow sales were non-existent and, despite the crowds lining up, the venue owner was not going to open the door until he was paid.

If you are an aspiring promoter, here is a note from FreakShow Deluxe to you:  You have to have all your payout money beforehand! Do not expect to use the money from the gate. If you contract in FreakShow Deluxe, you will pay us everything we are due. If you do not make the gate, expect you will be turning out your pockets for every bit of cash you have on you – and understand we WILL get the rest of what we are owed by you. One way or another.

Our advice to basically everyone else:  Never trust a promoter named Jason. Think you know a promoter named Jason who is legit? Let us be the judge of that.

So, tired and sore, FreakShow Deluxe limped to its secret lair to rest up for the next leg of the tour. Originally, the month of August was pretty busy – but, in a sign of the current economic downturn, most of those gigs had canceled. Except one very important one.

FreakShow Deluxe had been invited to perform at the world-famous HELL CITY Tattoo Festival in Phoenix, AZ! This would mark FSD‘s first foray in the tattoo festival – and what a mark it would be!

Vincent Wolf, Kitty Karloff and Reverend Tommy Gunn arrived ready to party with the hip cats and cool kittens at HELL CITY. Originally, we were supposed to be joined by Murrugun the Mystic, but illness grounded him in parts unknown. We were the headlining act on the main stage after girl boxing and a great band – so your intrepid FreakShow Deluxe cast was ready to go on their big show (also simulcast over the Hell City website) and make the crowd rock!

And, with only a few tiny mic problems (ascerbated, undoubtably, by the Reverend’s constant inciting of the crowd), make the crowd rock is exactly what we did. The nearly capacity crowd stayed glued to their spots, entertained and amused by the FSD crew’s antics onstage. And this was not just an ordinary crowd – these are some of the best tattoo artists and piercers in the country – AND their fans! So to keep the attention of people who really have seen everything before really meant a lot to us.

In fact, afterwards, HELL CITY’s two main guys, Durb and Tony, told the us that the show was by far one of the most entertaining and fun shows they have ever booked. They enjoyed it so much, in fact, that they immediately booked your favorite troupe of sideshow misfits, cabaret cuties & burlesque beauties for the next HELL CITY show in Columbus, Ohio! Dates to be announced…

So the rest of the evening, the we hung out at the pool with all the attendees, chatting and having fun. Only finding out later that the party was technically “illegal,” since Arizona has recently passed some sort of “don’t party by the pool” law. Cue Judas Priest song, “Breaking the Law”… Now.

Now it is September, and the busy part of the season was starting — and there were plenty of hiccups to make sure it started off right:

First, Hannah Bel and the Amazing Chris, still worn out from the fairs, begged off the next leg of the tour to rest up. Fair enough! Second, Murrugun the Mystic, still suffering from illness, dropped off the next scheduled dates as well.

Replacements were found, so Amy Amnesia, William Draven and the returning Miss Malice prepared to return to the road with their first stop a return to the Delta Fair & Music Festival in Memphis, TN. Unfortunately, in a third hiccup, Reverend Tommy Gunn could not do the first couple of days of the Delta Fair because he had already been booked to appear at the Fair at New Boston in Springfield, OH – so something had to be done.

After some discussion, we decided to add 13-year-old wiz kid and the world’s youngest professional magician, Kaleb Kane, to the bill. He has worked with FSD before, so we were prepared with some special things we wanted him to do. With straight jacket escape races against Amy and William, as well as a myriad of card tricks, sleight-of-hand and other illusions, Kaleb drew in quite a crowd throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, the Reverend, dressed in historical costuming appropriate to the post-Revolutionary War period – including a turban, wowed audiences at the annual Fair at New Boston in the Cheapside Theater space, sharing the stage with his former mentor, Dr. Balthazar, who was there with his medicine show. Demonstrating the amazing feats of the sadhus and fakirs of Asia, the Far East, and India (India, India), “The Professor Thompson S. Gunn” cracked whips, breathed fire, lay on a bed of nails and pounded 6-inch steel spikes into his skull in front of captivated family audiences. He even got a “vomiting ovation” from an overwhelmed audience member.

But at the end of the weekend, the Reverend got back down to Memphis as quickly as he could – not eschewing a visit with Kaleb and his family as the two crossed paths in the hills of Kentucky. Once back in Memphis with the FSD crew, we spent as much time as possible visiting the sites when not performing in the tent we shared with the Rhinestone Roper, Dan Mink, and his crew. We also renewed our friendship with the amazing Imperial Knights and the folks at Green Monkey Body Jewelry.

In fact, Thomas, the guy who runs Green Monkey, had come across some special old sideshow memorabilia his Great-Grandfather had in a trunk from his days on the road since the last time he saw us which he presented with great aplomb. The Knights hung out with us whenever they could. And lots of people we saw last year at the Delta Fair came to see the show wearing the t-shirts they got last year and buying some of FSD‘s new merchandise. Many of them brought us beautiful gifts and spent some time with us. THANK YOU MEMPHIS!

Many ask: did FreakShow Deluxe go to visit Graceland? WELL, DUH! Of course we did!! With Derek, one of the Imperial Knights, we set out for Elvis’s private mansion and took in the whole tour experience: the house, the car museum and the planes. It may sound silly, but we all agreed it is an awe-inspiring place – that Elvis, even in his popularity, was humble and giving and a decent guy. That underneath the image that so many make fun and lampoon, was a real person – a family man, and a VERY talented individual. Taking Care of Business in a Flash, baby!

While we had a great time – we also worked really hard, too! By the end of the run, we were more tired than we expected, and had to immediately head to the next venue: PTs Showclub in St. Louis. FSD worked last October at a PTs in Denver, CO – and had such a great time with them, they had recommended us to all their other company shops. So while we were thrilled to do it – we were already feeling worn out. We needed help.

Luckily, Kitty Karloff arrived to save the day! With her feline grace and lovely curves, she was a sight for sore eyes as she arrived at the St. Louis airport. But the question remained: Would this club like us? Would the people of St. Louis come out and see us?? What if they didn’t like us?!?!

So imagine our surprise and elation when we arrived in East St. Louis to PTs Showclub, guess what we found? This GREAT sign at their front entrance!

Pretty cool. huh?

What a great staff! What a great place! What cool people! We had SUCH a wonderful time there, we honestly did not want to leave. Honestly. We did three 20-minute shows a night for a week – each one featuring different stunts and plenty of excitement as we brought the lovely ladies of PTs Showclub Sport up on the stage to help us out every show. AND we stayed at a local casino – so there was nightly slot machine playing and buffets… so we ate well, too. Of course, we wanted to sightsee, too, so there was a visit up to the top of the Gateway Arch (they put you in these tiny claustrophobia-breeding capsules to take you up to the top… it was wacky jamming all 5 of us into one to get to the top).

Apparently, in East St. Louis, there is no law. Sure, there IS… but it seems to fall in this teeny-tiny no-man’s land where they can get away with serving alcohol 24/7 and the dancers could go to levels one usually does not see. No complaints, mind you – but it did come as a surprise. Next to PTs Showclub Sport is its sister club, the Hustler Club – which boasts a private club area with a 5-star restaurant. One of the great managers of PTs, Rich, took us over for lunch one day and it was AMAZING! Even now, we are all trying to figure out an excuse to go back and hang out.

So, exhausted after working so hard, we actually had to gird up our loins in preparation for things to REALLY start getting busy! But before we could do that — FreakShow Deluxe had to go up to put the smack down in Troy, OH.

Stay tuned to find out what happened!

 

 

Tila Tequila and the Juggalos

Posted in Behind the Scenes at FSD, History of FSD on September 16, 2010 by freakshowdeluxe

On TMZ.com – they have been going on and on about the alleged “attack” on Tila Tequila by fans of Insane Clown Posse (‘Juggalos’) at the 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos at Cave-In-Rock, IL over the weekend. On the posted video of Tequila alleged “performance” on the site – well… it just didn’t look that bad.

FreakShow Deluxe‘s Reverend Tommy Gunn posted the following comment (#176 at http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/15/tila-tequila-attack-juggalos-video-performance/):

Hollywood’s own FreakShow Deluxe has performed at a couple ICP events, unscathed. Before performing at last year’s Gathering of the Juggalo’s we were told to expect things to be thrown at us – plastic bottles if they liked us, glass & worse if they did not – and that the promoters purposely provide the Juggalos with acts to heckle during their events. ICP fans know what they like – and aren’t shy about showing you they don’t like you.

FreakShow Deluxe won over a lot of Juggalos by taking our stage without fear – even when being pelted with stuff – we just took the show up another notch. No bodyguards or security required. ICP fans are not the roughest audiences we’ve ever had. If Tequila can’t handle them – she has not business on ANY stage. Or on TMZ.

There was also this tweet, over FreakShow Deluxe‘s Twitter account:

#Juggalos attack #TilaTequila because #JuggaloGathering did not deliver #FreakShowDeluxe as originally promised? Could be true!!

Additionally, there were posts to Facebook by Reverend Tommy Gunn, Hannah Bel and other FreakShow Deluxe members — so one might wonder WHY FSD seems to be supporting the Juggalos and ICP. Some might wonder if this means FSD is supportive of attacks on women. There was even surprise from others that FreakShow Deluxe has/would perform with ICP or at a PsychoPathic Records event.

So let’s set the record straight ~

FreakShow Deluxe does not condone violence. Especially not unwarranted, or  violence for violence’s sake. And ESPECIALLY not violence to women. But FSD understands that it happens. Oh yes we do…

But the fact of the matter is that for the Gathering of the Juggalos and other similare ICP-related events, the promoters are told to find acts for the Juggalos to HECKLE as well as cheer on. It is no secret – just look at the list of performers for any Juggalo event, and you can see it.

When FreakShow Deluxe hit the stage at the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, we were told to expect things to be thrown at us – and what’s more, we were told that if they were throwing plastic bottles at us, it probably meant that they actually liked us (“comedian” Pauly Shore had been hit in the head with a Heineken keg can the night before and had immediately left the stage and venue, fearing for his life). FSD‘s big concern was that things would come flying at the stage during the more dangerous acts, possibly injuring one of us.

But did we fear to go on stage? We did NOT.

Because FreakShow Deluxe has the stones to step out on any stage, anywhere, in front of any audience – and fearlessly face what happens – because we KNOW that our show is entertaining, our performers engaging, and that the connection we make with our audience is fun for both them AND us! We have the versatility to adapt to any situation… even mid-show. AND we have the knowledge of performing – the “chops,” if you will… the kind that only come from years of hard work and onstage experience — and the crowd can smell it.

And Tila Tequila does not.

And the crowd can smell her fear.

Never, EVER forget that being famous, or even being a celebrity, means that people like you! Plenty of hated people are famous. Just because you are a celebrity does NOT mean you have any talent, either!

So don’t sue ICP or Psychopathic Records, Tila, just cause you can’t hang. Maybe the promoter, sure (he is a f*cker, as far as FSD is concerned – pulling us off the bill at the last moment – yes, FSD had been scheduled to appear at the Gathering for months… we had even confirmed it with ICP and the other Psychopathic Records folks when we did that show in Philly with them months earlier – but the promoter f*cked up). But, really, why don’t you wake up and just give it up?