Jessica Paré (left) and writer/director/actor/composer Rob Stefaniuk shoot a scene for upcoming rock ’n’ roll vampire musical Suck. Photo by RAFY
If you were strolling around Parkdale Thursday, you might have noticed a strangely familiar skinny guy with long hair wandering the 'hood. Your eyes weren't fooling you - that was indeed punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop, in town shooting scenes for Suck, the upcoming vampire rock 'n' roll musical written, directed and starring past NOW cover boy Rob Stefaniuk (Phil The Alien).
Casting Pop has provoked a lot of buzz in some circles, especially since it's a real part and not just a cameo. Names like Moby, Henry Rollins, Alice Cooper and Carole Pope are also prompting people to ask who Stefaniuk sold his soul to in order to bring them on board.
Oh yeah, did we mention that career super-villian Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) plays a vampire slayer in the movie?
When Teenage Head frontman Frankie Venom died on October 15, guitarist Gord Lewis, who co-founded the group, had to rethink his career plans, although hanging up his rock 'n' roll shoes wasn't an option. Now he's bounced back with fellow bandmates Steve Marshall and Jack Pedler along with Junkhouse singer Tom Wilson in the Hamilton supergroup Sons of the Hammer.
"Teenage Head was scheduled to play a party at the Grey Cup in Montreal," explains Lewis, "but with Frank's passing, I figured they'd get another group. But they called to say that if we were up for it they still wanted us to play. So we put together a set of some classics by Eddie Cochran and Bo Diddley along with a few Teenage Head obscurities. Everyone had such a good time that we decided to do a few more shows."
The future of Teenage Head is still undecided, but for now Lewis is looking forward to tearin' up the Horseshoe with the Sons of the Hammer on December 26.
"I needed to keep busy, and this is like therapy. I love playing Toronto, and being onstage at the Horseshoe the day after Christmas, surrounded by my friends, will be a great present for me."