Official press release:
MassConcerts is pleased to announce the first of many celebrity guests and musical acts for the biggest yearly horror and music convention in New England. On October 14th through 16th, Rock and Shock will celebrate their 13th year bringing the best in horror and music to Worcester, MA. The convention features celebrity guests, killer bands, incredible vendors and plenty to do inside the convention. Celebrity guests will appear all three days of the convention unless otherwise noted.
This year, Rock and Shock welcomes Matthew Lillard as part of the Scream 20th Anniversay. Avoiding being typecast, Matthew is an actor who is as popular for his roles in movies for kids (Scooby Doo) as he is comedies (Without A Paddle), rom-coms (She’s All That), cult films (Serial Mom, SLC Punk!) and, of course, horror, with his role as Stuart in Scream serving as his first big screen genre role.
Joining Matthew is fellow Scream partner in crime, Skeet Ulrich who has had a strong career in a variety of genres, starring in movies and television shows such as Law and Order: LA, As Good As It Gets and Jericho, but for horror fans, few have had as impactful a year as he did in 1996. Starting with a breakout performance in The Craft and moving right to a career-solidifying turn as Billy in Wes Craven’s Scream, Skeet established himself as a memorable actor from the very beginning, and we are thrilled that he will be with us for Rock and Shock.
Children Of The Corn was one of the scariest movies at the time and Rock and Shock couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Courtney Gains. Not only did he give a masterful performance as Malachai in Children Of The Corn, it was also his very first film role. He was an instant horror legend, and after that Courtney cemented his place as an actor with roles in Back To The Future, The ‘Burbs, Seinfeld, Tales From The Crypt, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and so many more.
In addition, Rock and Shock will feature another Children Of The Corn legend. We’re happy to announce that Isaac himself, John Franklin, will be at the show. Not only did John bring a powerful creep factor as the cult leader, but he also added to his horror film cred by playing “Walkabout” Chucky in Child’s Play and Cousin It in both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values before returning to the Isaac character for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return.
Rock and Shock is never complete without an incredible lineup of bands to keep your day going into the night over at the Palladium. For Friday October 14th, the lineup features Trivium, Kataklysm, Carach Angren, and Huntress. On Saturday, October 15th don’t miss Max & Igor Cavalera with their “Return To Roots”, all-star lineup and con highlight, The Rocking Dead and Combichrist. Finally on Sunday, October 16th, Twiztid return with an incredible support lineup featuring Mac Lethal, Lex The Hex Master, Zodiac Mprint, Menace 2 Sobriety, & Godz of Kaos.