Zombie also carried on a running dialogue with a fan dressed as Jesus Christ throughout the show. If you don't see the entertainment value of that the night before Halloween (or any night), I'm afraid I just can't help you. Chris Gray

The Rocks Off 100

Lunaface's Hector Del Valle, Concert Promoter Extraordinaire

Four uncles you definitely want at a family reunion.
Marco Torres
Four uncles you definitely want at a family reunion.
Photos by Marco Torres

If you have ever attended an old-school or underground rap concert in Houston, chances are that Hector Del Valle has been the mastermind behind the show. By keeping his ear to the streets and booking artists on the cusp of blowing up, or choosing former greats who can still pack a venue given the chance, Mr. Lunaface delivers hit show after hit show.

Who? "Lunaface Promotions started six years ago," says Del Valle. "I was the understudy of Jeff Messina for many years before that. Lunaface comes from the inspiration of my first-born, Luna [who is five years old now] and who keeps me driving with her beautiful energy and spirit. I started off as a house/freestyle dancer when I was 15, then after that, music in general began to play a pivotal role in my life.

"I remember my Dad (RIP) used to give me the hardest time because he never understood why I was out so much," he continues. "There would be times when I got home and the door was locked. I didn't have a spare, so sometimes I would just sleep in my car or go over to my buddies'. I flyered for many years from 18 to 26 and did it for free tickets and all that good stuff.

Why Do You Stay in Houston? "For the past few years, there has been a renaissance movement happening in Houston that I knew was coming," says Del Valle. "You can see it happening around you everywhere you go: From the rise of the museums, venues, food, culture, and ideas of people like me and you that will continue to make this city top-notch." Marco Torres


The 5 Best Songs That Were Never Released (NOT Yet, ANYWAY)

5. Sisters of Mercy, "We Are the Same, Susanne": What list of unreleased music would be complete without Andrew Eldritch, whose catalog of live-only songs has its own entry on Wikipedia? Eldritch is famous for refusing to record another studio album, but regularly plays new material live. Of all the ones I've heard, "Susanne" is my favorite because it sounds like a lost ballad from Floodland. Only one artist can top Eldritch in unreleased material territory.

4. Prince, "Others Here With Us": Recorded around the time of Parade, "Others Here With Us" is a really, really creepy track of ambient-synth screams while Prince sings about ghosts. It sounds like his Royal Badness is guest-spotting on a Creatures track, and is proof positive that the reportedly very deep well of unreleased Prince material is full of treasures. If you can't manage to track down an MP3 of "Others Here With Us," then look for "Witness 4 the Prosecution" or "Dance With the Devil," a track cut from Batman for being too creepy.

3. Peter Murphy & Trent Reznor, "Dead Souls": The album every goth wants is for Reznor and Murphy to sit down in the studio and hammer out some original tunes together. The two of them have been jamming together a lot over the last several years, and even sat down to record some covers of their own songs for a radio session in 2006. As you can hear, they work like a perfect machine, but so far the only thing we have from this fruitful union of gothic heavyweights is YouTube videos of the 2006 session.

2. Radiohead, "True Love Waits": Thom Yorke has been playing this song at concerts for more than 15 years. It is one of their most requested live performance pieces, and yet, only this solo acoustic live version has ever been put out on CD. C'mon, guys, it's time that we finally got a studio version.

1. Queen, "We Will Rock You (Maida Vale Studio Version)": Queen's best-known tune has two versions, well, two and a half. The first is the radio version you've all heard. The second is the fast version that they would use to open their shows in the late '70s and early '80s. Between those two versions is one grand superversion from an Italian bootleg that combines the studio recordings of both on either side of readings from Siddhartha. It originated from a BBC Radio documentary. Jef With One F

Get Lit

Black Sabbath for Kids...Really

I remember scouring my elementary and middle-school libraries for every book I could find on music, any kind of music. Books about composers, Broadway folk and everything in between. Sometimes you could get lucky and find a book about the '60s with a few sentences about the Beatles, the Stones or even hippies. Maybe a shot of a punk or two in a '70s chronicle.

Brian Aberback's Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal made it into our mailbox this week, in all its brightly covered, hardback glory, with tons of wicked pictures, as a part of Enslow Publishers' "Rebels of Rock" series.

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