Rock band sees 'Halloween Light Show 2011' in person in Riverside
Riverside resident Kevin Judd may not be getting any royalties for his spectacular "Halloween Light Show 2011," which has racked up more than 5.3 million hits on YouTube, but he did get a visit from the band LMFAO, whose song "Party Rock Anthem," is the show's backdrop.
A YouTube video of Judd’s house, with pumpkins singing and neon lights flashing, has become a viral Internet hit. And last week, Judd found out LMFAO is among the enthusiastic fans.
The chart-topping pop group arrived Sunday to shoot a Kia commercial and perform their trademark shuffle on Judd's driveway.
"The guys were really interested in how I created the show," Judd said. "I shared a beer with Sky Blu."
Judd said the group signed autographs and took pictures with the whole family, including his 6- and 10-year-old kids. And although he announced online that the show was canceled for Sunday, the usual 2,000 people showed up, and in some cases, stood on cars and the neighbor’s lawn to get a good view.
And now that Halloween has arrived, it will.
Judd said he would start attacking his lawn Monday, and take decorations off the wall soon afterward. For the last week, hundreds and often thousands of people have packed his street for the light show. On Saturday, so many people arrived early that Judd ran two shows with around 2,000 people each.
"I definitely need a break," he said with a laugh.
Overall, Judd said he thought his 60-plus hours of work setting up the display was worth it, though he said he wishes YouTube would share their ad revenue to help pay for his “hobby.”
"What's troubling are people are stealing money," he said, adding that so far YouTube has denied a partnership. "My video has been posted on other people’s YouTube [accounts], and they’re collecting money on it."
But that doesn’t mean he’ll stop. By March, he thinks he'll have ideas for next October.
He was clear one one point: He's taking Christmas off.
"There's a guy who does a great Christmas thing down the street," he said. "Let people bombard his house."
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: LMFAO band members Redfoo, left, and Sky Blu, right, visit Kevin Judd whose Halloween light show is set to their song "Party Rock Anthem." Credit: Lisa Marie Photography