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Halloween is a sacred holiday for The Dresden Dolls. This October 31st, 2020 we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the fateful meeting of this self-proclaimed punk cabaret duo with the release of The Dresden Dolls in Return To Paradise.

The Dresden Dolls emerged onto the Boston music scene two decades ago out of the city’s candle-lit soirées and underground performance spaces and stormed onto the international stage with an ever-growing grassroots fan community affectionately known as The Brigade. The Brigade created an entirely unique live experience blending punk rock street performance energy, Rocky Horror Picture Show audience participation and plumage, and Moulin Rouge genre-bending, gender-stretching, carnivalesque theatrics, as captured in the band’s official live DVD, Live: In Paradise (2005) and Live at The Roundhouse’(2006).

In November 2017, The Dresden Dolls played three sold-out shows commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Paradise Rock Club, a venue deeply tied to the band, which notably hosted their debut album release in 2003, and aforementioned Live: In Paradise DVD filming amidst the Dolls’ thirty-one date tour with Nine Inch Nails, among others. Return to Paradise was filmed on November 6th, 2017, the final night of the band’s three-show run, and is a dedication to the continued love and spirit of Dresden Dolls fans, and venues like The Paradise Rock Club which play such an important role as the foundation of live music communities. Although plans for a full-scale Dresden Dolls tour have been temporarily postponed, this film shows the band doing what they love best and leaving it all on the stage.


Filmed November 6th, 2017 at The Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA

The Dresden Dolls:
Amanda Palmer – Vocal, piano
Brian Viglione – Drums, guitar, vocal

Ken Marcou – Director of Photography, Camera Operator
Roger Metcalf – Camera Operator

Edited by Jesse DeFlorio
Edited by Brian Viglione

Multitrack Recording by David Hughes
Mixed by David Hughes
Mastered by Brian Viglione

Artwork by Corina Nika
VFX by Mark Gabriel Laos
Graphics by Jesse DeFlorio

The Dresden Dolls Crew:
David Hughes – Front of House Audio
Jeff Maker – Lighting Designer
Brittany Sirois – Monitor Engineer
Jaron Luksa – Monitor Engineer

Jordan Verzar, Top Shelf – Management
Matt Hickey, High Road Touring – Booking
Sarah Berkowitz – Tour Manager

Production Team:
Hayley Rosenblum
Michael McComiskey
Alex Knight
Marjolein van Elteren

Film cover photograph by: Julia Schlotel
Film cover art design by: Andrew Nelson of Down In The Valley Designs

Special Thanks To
Billy Bud – Paradise Rock Club General Manager

The Dresden Dolls would like to give extra special thanks to Lee Barron & The Cloud Club.

Notice: Strobe lighting was used in this live performance and may not be suitable for those with light sensitivities.