I had the opportunity to attend some great events and interview tons of fabulous people this year! Some RuPaul’s Drag Race bitches, Shangela and Sharon Needles; Canadian musician Rufus Wainwright; and one of my idols, Boy George. Here are some of the highlights of Blitz & Shitz 2012:
The Drag Race girls!
Raziel Reid with Shangela backstage at Celebrities Nightclub for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar Competition. Photo and video by Jonathan Schmidtgall.
Raziel Reid between Carmen Carrera and Jiggly Caliente at Post Modern for the launch of TFD Presnts Icon. Photo by Alvin Grado.
Raziel Reid with Sharon Needles backstage at Five Sixty for TFD Presents Sharon Needles: Everynight is Halloween Ball.
One of my favourite nights of the year was seeing Madonna live during her MDNA tour at Rogers Arena. When it all comes down to it, I’m a big ol’ Madonna queen. You would be, too, if you tried to kill yourself and found Madonna. Check out my review of the show here!
Raziel Reid at the MDNA tour. Photo by Victor Bearpark.
Meeting Amanda Lepore was a thrill. There is something undeniably alluring about her. Her skin is so white and smooth, when she stepped into the room, I couldn’t help but think how she is otherworldly. And I want to be a part of that world!
Raziel Reid with Amanda Lepore at Opus. Photo by Bob Onoshi.
The best of 2012 came to me at the very end of the year, when I got the opportunity to interview Boy George. He’s the original pretty boy and a defining figure in both pop culture and gay history. When I called him in London for our interview with his DJ partner, Marc Vedo, he was gracious and articulate. I definitely found the new age of Boy George inspirational.
I also got to interview him on film backstage at Celebrities before he took the DJ decks. It was, without a doubt, my most thrilling moment of the year. It’s not every day you get to meet a legend. The video will be up on xtra.ca soon!
Boy George and Raziel Reid backstage at Celebrities Nightclub. Photo by Bob Onoshi.
Happy new year!
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