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Halloween Weekend Live Streams to Watch: Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio, Code Orange, Mr. Bungle, Puscifer, ‘Rocky Horror,’ More
It’s the weekend again — but this one’s a bit different. It’s Halloween weekend, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions in place across the country, we might not all be able to celebrate the “normal” way. Instead, we may be staying in, cozying up on the couch for some marathon movie-watching or, in keeping with the theme of the past few months, perusing various live stream concerts that are on the schedule.
There are plenty to choose from, of course, some themed with Halloween flavoring and some without. Here are our picks for a good Halloween of viewing:
Friday, Oct. 30
Grateful Dead — Shakedown Stream Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall, Halloween 1980) — (YouTube, free)
As the Dead did for multiple weeks back in the early portion of the pandemic, the jam band’s Shakedown Stream series will continue this Friday night with a flash back to two special shows at Radio City Music Hall, circa Oct. 30 and 31, 1980, airing the Dead Ahead concert film to mark the occasion.
The music is going to get a little louder on 10/30 with the return of a special Shakedown Stream. Tune in on the Grateful Dead YouTube channel starting with a pre-show hosted by @lemieuxdavid & Gary Lambert, with special guest, @alfranken, and stay for a screening of DEAD AHEAD. pic.twitter.com/5PUHkDqeQm
— Grateful Dead (@GratefulDead) October 15, 2020
Watch it on the Dead’s YouTube channel starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Trey Anastasio — #TheBeaconJams Live from the Beacon Theatre (Twitch, free)
Trey Anastasio of Phish (and Grateful Dead legacy project Dead & Company) has been staging live stream performances from an empty Beacon Theatre, and the latest comes this Friday night, streaming on Twitch at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
— Trey Anastasio (@treyanastasio) October 26, 2020
The show is free to watch, with donations encouraged (and benefiting Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation and Divided Sky Fund).
Puscifer — Existential Reckoning: Live from Arcosanti (PusciferLive.com, $24.99+up)
This Friday, Maynard James Keenan of Tool and his irreverent and unpredictable side gig, Puscifer, will release a new album titled Existential Reckoning — and the ensemble is commemorating its release with what’s sure to be a trippy live stream experience from Arcosanti, in the high deserts of Arizona beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Tickets and merchandise packages for Live at Arcosanti are available now at PusciferLive.com, and those who purchase access will be able to view the show for 72 hours.
GWAR — Scumdogs of the Universe “Uncensored” Live Stream (GWAR.net, $15+)
There’s only one GWAR. Nobody else is GWAR. And this Friday, the satirical heavy metal/thrash band with a penchant for unbelievable live spectacles will stage a special live stream event performing 1990’s Scumdogs of the Universe, the band’s most commercially successful and well known album, in its entirety for its 30th anniversary.
Techno Destructo!!! Will he be at the Scumdogs XXX live? Get a ticket for the live stream at https://t.co/hDBh0FZilB. And then tune in on Friday Oct 30th at 8pm EDT on https://t.co/SapIFFf135. Presented by @LiquidDeath and @MetalInjection. #GWAR #ScumdogsXXXlive #TechnoDestructo pic.twitter.com/BsFEwvqBjU
— GWAR (@gwar) October 26, 2020
Ticket & merchandise packages are available now at GWAR.net, and the live stream begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The Wonder Years — The Occasionally Annual Halloween Extravaganza Blink-182 Tribute (TheWonderYears.com, $10+)
Philadelphia-based pop/punk band The Wonder Years found a clever way to keep its Occasionally Annual Halloween Extravaganza concert event going in 2020 — and will play “dueling Blink-182 cover sets” in character as Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge, an homage to Blink-182‘s live album The Mark, Tom & Travis Show — in addition to a regular Wonder Years set.
ICYMI: The Occasionally Annual Halloween Extravaganza is going digital and happening on October 30th. We’re playing dueling Blink-182 cover sets as well as a full-band TWY set! Tickets on sale now & included with any purchase from the new merch line: https://t.co/Vab3SoN0jt pic.twitter.com/oegQzN6AdH
— The Wonder Years (@thewonderyears) October 4, 2020
Live stream tickets & merchandise packages are up now at the band’s official site.
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) — Acoustic Movember Benefit for 98.7 FM (Movember.com, $9.87 donation)
Smashing Pumpkins figurehead Billy Corgan will play a special acoustic set for ALT 98.7’s The Woody Show on Friday starting at 9 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, a fundraiser for men’s health charity Movember.
— The Woody Show (@TheWoodyShow) October 26, 2020
Tickets to the stream are yours for a $9.87 donation — click here for more details.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Mr. Bungle — The Night They Came Home – A Virtual Live Concert Experience (MrBungle.live, $15+)
Mike Patton and Mr. Bungle are releasing The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo, a re-recording of the original Mr. Bungle 1986 demo cassette, this Friday Oct. 30. The project involves Patton and original Mr. Bungle band mates Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance as well as metal masters Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, and comes with much anticipation.
To celebrate its release, Mr. Bungle is hosting what’s sure to be a creepy live stream concert experience on Halloween itself with The Night They Came Home — A Virtual Live Concert Experience:
For more on the live stream and to pick up a ticket to access the show, click here.
Code Orange — Back Inside the Glass Live Stream Show (Live.CodeOrangeToth.com, $15+)
Pittsburgh-based experimental/metal/unclassifiable band Code Orange was one of the first to play a full-production live stream gig when the band streamed a show on Twitch back in mid-March, following it up with an excellent, stripped-back MTV Unplugged-style set in September — and the talented group will play another special stream this Halloween, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) October 16, 2020
Back Inside the Glass is billed as “an all-immersive environmental experience putting Code Orange at the center of awe-inspiring virtual landscapes, where they will deliver an intense livestream performance in a way never before seen.”
Tickets to access the stream start at $15 — click here for more details.4
Rocky Horror Picture Show Virtual Fundraiser for Wisconsin Democrats (ActBlue.com, $31)
A star-studded fundraiser for the Wisconsin Democrats will stream on Halloween night. Arguably the most notable aspect of this stream is the involvement of Tim Curry, who has largely stayed out of the public eye after suffering a stroke in 2012.
Scheduled to participate in the fundraising stream include
Wilmer Valderrama, Lance Bass, Rosario Dawson, Jason George, Nell Campbell, Seth Green, Jason Alexander, David Arquette, and more, with musical performances from The Dresden Dolls, Miss Peppermint, Eiza Gonzalez, Josh Gad, Ben Barnes, Jenna Ushkowitz, Rachel Bloom, Karen Olivo, Marissa Jaret Winkour, Madison Uphoff, Kalen Chase, and Rumer Willis.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 26, 2020
For more details about this live stream, click here.
Sunday, Nov. 1
Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead Live Stream ft. Los Lobos and More (Stream.LADayoftheDead.com, free)
In non-pandemic circumstances, Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles would be hosting a massive in-person Day of the Dead celebration. Since that can’t happen, the famed facility will be hosting a live stream event on Sunday, Nov. 1 beginning at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT, with performances from Los Lobos, Buyepongo, Tropa Magica, and more.
The 21st annual 🌼 #LADayOfTheDead2020 🌼 #LiveStream 📲
On Novermber 1st at noon, celebrate with us at https://t.co/ZBsjglUVuz, hosted by @FernandaKellyyy and performances by @LosLobosBand @buyepongo & @TropaMagica!
See on November 1st 🖤#hollywoodforever #dayofthedead pic.twitter.com/VqJd7es82t
— Hollywood Forever (@hwdforever) October 26, 2020
Visit the Hollywood Forever site for more details.
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