The PiercingMetal Command HQ was saddened to learn of the passing of actor Van Williams earlier today. Mr. Williams is most famously known across geekdom as being the one and only Green Hornet from the short-lived television series back in 1966-67. He was 82 years old and while I didn’t follow much of his career after seeing him do this role as a young child, he is timeless to this writer and finds me raising a glass in his honor.
“The Green Hornet” television show was launched as a result of the success of the classic “Batman” series but unlike the campy show that so many of us know and still love, TGH was a straight up crime drama show but with a superhero element to it. Newbies to the mythology might not realize that the Hornet was playing the role of a crime boss who would “take over” the competition by letting them get arrested time and time again. He would always manage to elude capture with his man at arms, Kato (played by the late great Bruce Lee). Sadly this show has never been properly released in any official format. I know I have a copy of four episodes care of a company called Cheesy Flicks or something of that nature but no comprehensive full series run. It’s about time for this ABC so let’s get on it.
Williams starred in several other programs which were not on my viewing radar based on my age but all of that can be learned about in his official Wikipedia entry that I have linked for you below. Goodnight Mr. Williams, thank you for giving me memories that have remained for many, many years. May you Rest In Peace. Say hello to Bruce Lee for us all. It seems that The Green Hornet and Kato are together once again.
Have you heard about this band Ghost Ship Octavius yet? No? Well, while that’s a shame it’s also a very good thing since its still rather new and that means you as a Metal fan can still get in on the ground floor nice and early and be ahead of the rest in supporting something very exciting. The band recently announced some touring dates and I’m submitting that information and poster for your review below.
Just got the word that the band Ghost Ship Octavius will be doing a brief touring run for the ardent fans. If the name is on the new side to you please don’t worry as its something you will remember soon enough as it features Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Himsa) and Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes Of Ares). I’ve copied the bands official statement from their Facebook along with the poster and dates. Then we can discuss a little deeper.
The Press Release:
World Entertainment Inc., Ghost Ship Octavius and Infinity Concerts are extremely excited to announce the first ever live shows of the band in the Pacific Northwest as well as several Northeast USA shows in December. This marks the first ever shows of GSO on their critically acclaimed and fan favorite, self titled debut release. The guys are all excited and hope see all of you (GSO CREW) at these shows. See dates below: Continue reading Ghost Ship Octavius Unveil North American Tour Dates For 2015→
“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Nevermore’s set.