Arts and Entertainment
Best Historical Re-Reenactment
1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera
Published: September 18, 2013
Most of the official programming to commemorate the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812 in general has been a bit bland and fusty. Or musty. You know, boring. And just as we were starting to wonder, What the fuck? Baltimore saved the world 200 years ago, and all we can do is dress up in some dumb old clothes?, Dave Israel and former CP editor David Dudley let out their resounding, devil-horned “hell no!” in the form of an all-out, epic, balls-to-the-wall rock opera celebrating our city’s great fucking fortitude and a “big ass flag.” Dudley and Israel have been working on this thing forever—well, if not since 1814, at least since the 1990s—but neither had the vocal chops to pull off the Alice Cooper/Adam Ant/Rob Halford vocals they needed, so they enlisted some of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and a bunch of other badasses, and have been assaulting area ears with a rock ’n’ roll onslaught for the last year now, even bringing the show down to Washington, D.C., known back then as the capitol of pussydom, because instead of fighting the British with bombastic cock-rock, they let themselves be burnt. Here’s hoping Israel and Dudley can get the Park Service to let them bring the noise at Fort McHenry.