Dr. Demento Coming to Renovation

Dr. Demento

Dr. Demento will be participate in Renovation’s opening night celebrations on Wednesday, August 17.

His appearance will form part of Music Night, a festival of music and science fiction that will also feature the band Tricky Pixie, and a performance of Godson, a musical with lyrics written by Roger Zelazny.

The full press release follows the jump.

Renovation Promises Demented Opening Night

Renovation, The 69th World Science Fiction Convention,
Reno, Nevada – August 17-21, 2011

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Postal queries to: RCFI, PO Box 13278, Portland, OR 97213-0278


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reno, Nevada, USA – Long-time broadcaster, noted musicologist and National Radio Hall of Fame member Dr. Demento will be making a special appearance as part of Renovation’s opening night celebrations on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

Dr. Demento’s appearance in Reno will form part of Music Night, a festival of music and science fiction that will also feature our Special Guests, the band Tricky Pixie, and a performance of Godson, the only musical written by renowned science fiction author Roger Zelazny.

Dr. Demento has been broadcasting his free-wheeling, unpredictable mix of music and comedy for more than forty years. Along with legends like Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Monty Python, and Frank Zappa, the Doctor Demento show has long been a showcase for new singers and comedians, including “Weird Al” Yankovic, who received his first media exposure from the Doctor at the age of 16. He has attended numerous science fiction conventions, and his show has long contained music by such noted filk artists as Tom Smith, Leslie Fish, Frank Hayes and even Joe Haldeman.

Dr. Demento’s radio show first appeared on local LA radio stations in 1970, was syndicated to a national audience in 1974, and he continues today to produce a new show each week. The first of several Dr. Demento compilations was released in 1976, and the Doctor’s fan club, The Demento Society, has produced CDs and tapes exclusively for Society members for nearly twenty years.

The Doctor’s extensive knowledge of music has helped him with research projects for numerous record companies and artists including Aerosmith, Cheech and Chong, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, and Ry Cooder, as well as his book (under his real name, Barry Hansen)Cruise Through The Blues. He long since gave up counting how many records he owns.

For more information, visit Dr. Demento’s website at www.drdemento.com.

Note: Renovation membership rates go up as of March 1 so if you are considering attending the convention, check out the membership section of our web site at www.renovationsf.org/register.php.


Renovation is the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except during World War II. Renovation’s Guests of Honor are Ellen Asher, Charles N. Brown (in memoriam), Tim Powers and Boris Vallejo.