Headbangers ballin' with a free double feature

See Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal Parking Lot on June 26.

In the '80s, worn out bootlegged VHS copies of Heavy Metal were traded between guys more than X-rated movies.

The animated movie weaves fantasy and science fiction stories filled with sex and violence. Its soundtrack includes many of rocks big dogs including Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Cheap Trick. There is even some Journey in there for the ladies who were forced to watch with their boyfriends.

But who were those people watching Heavy Metal? The documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot, shows you who. Shot in 1986, the movie documents fans tailgating before a Judas Priest concert. If you have never seen this gem you are in for a treat. A drunken, mullet-having, no-shirt wearing, can-beer-drinking, LSD-doing, good time having treat. Within 10 minutes of the movie, you’ll be waving the sign of the horns while shouting “Judas Priest Rules.” Promise.

The double feature Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal Parking Lot is at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Bricks of Ybor, 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. facebook.com/thebricksofybor.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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