I Spent Easter With John Waters at The Madonna Inn
This easter, a huge group of juvenile delinquents, drapes and drapettes gathered at the famous kitsch hotel Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo for the John Waters Easter. The event was postponed for the past 2 years because of Covid. I kept my ticket and had high hopes for the event. Lethal Amounts produced a very unique indoor festival with live music, trivia, meet and greet, Easter Bunny photo station, drinks, exclusive merch, and the highlight of it all: a Cry Baby screening with John Waters commenting on it LIVE! Hell Yes!
I’m a super fan (checkout my John Waters Fan Club on IG!) I go to every John Waters Christmas show, to Mosswood Meltdown, a music festival in Oakland where he’s the host (get your tickets!) great lineup this year: Kim Gordon, Bikini Kill, Linda Lindas, Shannon Shaw, Hunx & his Punx and more!) to all his art shows and book releases (his new book Liarmouth: a feel-bad romance is coming out in May, and I bet it’s going to be amazing).
With that being said, John Waters never disappoints! I can say that with conviction. He doesn’t repeat himself and somehow he’s funnier every time I see him. He doesn’t have a social media presence, so the only way to know his opinion about everything crazy that’s happening in the world right now is going to his shows.
The event had 3 tickets options: General Admission, Meet & Great (at a distance, no selfies yet. Thanks Covid!) and a Dinner with John VIP option. I went GA cause I’m young, broke and beautiful. At the entrance there was a photo set with a big banner and inflatable bunnies so you could get your photo for the gram.
There was a bar and merch booths for the bands and exclusive official John Waters merch. Fans sat together at big tables as bands rock’n roll bands started to get the party started.
John Waters enters the stage and preach by the pulpit, the audience goes crazy! He sits comfortably at a chair and the screening starts, he tells us that there’s an edition with new commentary coming out soon but tonight is going to be un-filtered and x-rated! He shared stories about the cast: the recent sober Iggy Pop was a gentleman and great actor, the cops were after Traci Lords, how Amy Locane was thrown back in jail after she was released from it and how he wants to do the “Please Mr. Jailer” song outside her prison (sign the petition to free Amy!)
And how some guy in Poland watched an illegal screening of Cry Baby and knew he was gay after he saw Willem Dafoe slapping Johnny Depp’s butt. Interesting and hilarious stories about the production, the good and hard stuff about it, like filming until 5am during the drape party, Amy’s perfect lipsync and how Johnny Depp didn’t think he could dance, but he did it so well. How Susan Tyrrell was so drunk all the time and shoplifting around town while they were filming. The extras were french kissing for hours, if this movie was made today it would have been a headache to deal with all the intimacy coaches and etc.
The audience softly sang together to all the hits and John was tapping his feet to the songs, he was so happy! Everyone had a big smile on their faces and to make the night even better, at the end he answered some audience questions and someone asked about the making of Fruitcake, a movie that he’s been wanting to film for a long time. He smiled and said he couldn’t talk about it, he has to play dumb. Everyone freaked out!!! A new John Waters movie could be in the works, who knows?!
It was a perfect night & the best Easter ever!