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Hellz Bellzapoppin

Anyone who voluntarily lays his moist, twitching tongue across red hot glowing metal rebar gets our vote for loco rematado of the year. That’s how Zamora The Torture King rolls, pillaging through town with the Hellzapoppin Sideshow Review’s “Greatest Show In Hell.”

Normally touring with gargantuan rock festivals like Vans Warped Tour, Hellzapoppin keeps audiences squealing for nail-biting close-ups that include this long list of depravities: genuine human oddities, sword swallowing, the human blockhead, fire eating, the bed of nails, the blade box, western bullwhip demonstrations, contortionists, and electrical death defying stunts. The mesmerizing feats are conducted by relentless ringleader and pickpocket Bryce “The Govna” Graves, the aforementioned Zamora, sweet-faced Viola LaLa Mia, Chelsea NoPants, and the rubbery-armed juggler, Tricky Thom Whiskeylips. Not everyone’s going to boycott Arizona for our politics, and Hellzapoppin knows where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s fire, there’s folks who like to watch stuff burn (and, in this case, get swalled).


Thu., June 3, 8 p.m., 2010


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