Best Halloween Music Moments of 2015
Tool as Led Zeppelin
Tool took the stage for their first–and only–performance of 2015 at Monster Mash Festival in Tempe, AZ, held over Halloween weekend. Dressed as Led Zeppelin, the band opened their set with a rip roaring cover of “No Quarter.” “Good news, it’s fucking Halloween! Bad news, we are not Led Zeppelin,” said Maynard James Keenan, before the band went on to play “The Grudge,” “Descending,” “Stinkfist” and more.
Joe Jonas’ DNCE as Clowns
Donning sad clown attire, DNCE (Joe Jonas’ new band) covered Adele’s current smash hit, “Hello,” during a performance for Saturday Night Online. While the costume may have been funny, the rendition was no laughing matter, and the band absolutely killed it.
moe. as Star Wars Characters
moe. went all out at The Fillmore in Philly, dressing as Star Wars characters and performing “Imperial March” and “Cantina Band.” They also altered their regular moe. tracks to be more Star Wars inspired, turning “St. Augustine” into “Senator Palpatine” and “Moth” into “Hoth.”
Deer Tick as Blue Man Group/Tobias Funke
Performing in Rockville Center, NY, as part of the Tommy Brull Foundation benefit, Deer Tick performed as a combination of the Blue Man Group and Tobias Fünke (of Arrested Developement). Notable performances include a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra.”
Taylor Swift & Idina Menzel as ‘Frozen’ Characters
The final U.S. date of Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour took place last night in Tampa. To celebrate, Swift brought out Idina Menzel to sing “Let it Go,” both singers donning Frozen costumes (Swift as Olaf, Menzel as Elsa). Naturally. Because everything Taylor Does is perfect.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Performing Prince
A staple at the Williamsburg concert venue, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe turned Brooklyn Bowl into a epic dance party by covering the entirety of Prince’s album, Dirty Mind. The band also played some Denson classics, like “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo,” but the real highlight was their “Wanna Be Your Lover” encore.
Sufjan Stevens as Drake
Sufjan Stevens surprised everybody with his unabashed trolling of Drake’s recent “Hotline Bling” single. During his Halloween concert in Jersey City, the singer busted out with some on point dance moves while Drake’s face stayed projected behind him.
Yonder Mountain String Band Go Punk
You don’t often go to a bluegrass show expecting to hear classic punk rock tunes, unless you were at the Yonder Mountain String Band Halloween show. Dressed in fitting attire (including pink hair, ripped t-shirts and a faux-hawk), the band performed songs by The Buzzcocks, Joan Jett and The Descendents.
Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry as Edward Scissorhands
The original plan for Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry was to dress up as Robert Smith (of The Cure) at her St. Petersburg, FL, show. But according to a tweet from the singer, nobody understood the costume, so she turned it into Edward Scissorhands. SMH, Florida.
Umphrey’s McGee as Jon Snow
With each member dressed as a variation of Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow, Umphrey’s McGee brought the house down at The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee on Saturday. The band has been known for their Halloween shenanigans since 2008, and this year was no different. While their first two sets were UM tunes, their lengthy encore included covers like “I Can’t Feel My Face” and a “Back in Black” / “Sexual Healing” mashup.
(Image courtesy Taylor Swift’s Instagram.)