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April 6, 2007 - Jim Price
If you’re a fan of the heavy stuff, you likely already have focused your weekend towards this Saturday night, April 7, when Megaforce recording group Mushroomhead returns to Altoona to headline a five-band show at City Limits, being presented by The Underground Television. Appearing with Mushroomhead will be Psyclon Nine, Black Flood Diesel, As Summer Dies, and Altoona’s Dragon Fire.
From Cleveland, Mushroomhead first appeared in Altoona over a decade ago, on August 3, 1996, when they brought their wild show to Aldo’s Place. This was some five years before the group signed with Universal Records. Altoona stages hadn’t seen anything quite like this; a full-blown theatric spectacle of mosh-metal mayhem. The band numbered ten members at the time; all wildly costumed in anything from devil masks and wedding dresses to pig’s heads, gas masks and bondage gear. Two members of the group at that time were called “exhibitionists,” performance artists clad in underwear. Their show was a nonstop, action-packed thrill ride that had the Aldo’s audience paying continuous, trance-like attention from start to end.
The current Mushroomhead has slimmed to seven members, all still costumed: Nothing and Waylon on vocals, Stitch on samples, Skinny on drums, Shmotz on keyboards, Gravy on guitar, and Pigbenis on bass. The group is touring in support of their latest album, Savior Sorrow, which was released last fall.
Their show is still described as explosive and theatric; if it is anywhere comparable to that first Altoona visit, the audience at City Limits should be in for another unforgettable night.
The doors open at 7 PM. Ticket prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Over 21 only.City Limits is located at 1524 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Altoona. For more information, call 941-9000.