BAND HISTORY

    Since 1993, The Dead Elvi have unleashed their brand of surf punk Horror-Billy" Rock & Roll onto the unsuspecting ears of convention-goers at the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Film, Toy and Model Expo in Northern NJ. Adorned in trademark zombie garb, they've played to packed hotel ballrooms for twenty years worth of Saturday night Chiller parties.

    They are often joined on stage by some of the greatest rock and roll luminaries who just happen to be on hand as guests of the Chiller Expo, including Mick Taylor, the late Ray Manzarek, Keith Emerson, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones; original Alice Cooper group members Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith; Buckethead, Bruce Kulick, Cheetah Chrome, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Kane Roberts, and the legendary Bobby "Boris" Pickett, to name but a few!

    Back in '93, when promoter Kevin Clement moved the east coast Chiller Theatre Horror Con to a bigger venue, he realized he needed to throw a party. That's when he turned to his close friend, musician Chris Palmerini, and the duo began to brainstorm ideas. It was agreed that a "house band" should be assembled so that Kevin could put on a Saturday Night Rock & Roll Costume Ball. Little did they realize that twenty years later they'd still be performing, and that their music would be featured on several movie soundtracks, a Rob Zombie Halloween Collection CD, and at least a dozen 'Something Weird' DVDs.

    The bandís current lineup includes Kevin Clement on guitar, Chris Palmerini on lead guitar and vocals, Jason Fresta on lead vocals and guitar, Greg Merkle on drums, and Vincent Priceless on bass and vocals. The Dead Elvi have performed with national acts, famous musicians, and celebrities, and have developed a large cult following as a result. They recently released their third album, "Pretty Dead," which not only features superb cover art by Kiss "Destroyer" artist Ken Kelly, but some of the Elvi's most popular tracks, including "Lucha Libre," which celebrates Mexican monster/wrestling movies; "Voodoo Raygun," a good old-fashioned zombie shoot'em up; "The One," about the Devil's influence throughout history; and "Goth Girls," an homage to pale-skinned ladies in black everywhere.

    Young and old alike, all are encouraged to attend a Chiller convention to catch these fiends in the act. You won't be disappointed, 'cause you never know who'll rise up with them to kick out the jams!