Watch Incubus Cover Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at KROQ Halloween Ball

October 30, 2018

By Scott T. Sterling

For a band of exceedingly righteous dudes, Incubus has a definite dark side.

Brandon Boyd and the gang showed off their collective Halloween holiday spirit over the weekend at KROQ’s Halloween Costume Ball at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. They hit the stage in pretty sweet Cobra Kai costumes, a throwback to the 1984 classic The Karate Kid, and blazed through a set that included a number of covers, including a take on Michael Jackson’s deathless Halloween classic, “Thriller.” Watch a clip of the moment below.

The band also played covers of INXS' "Need You Tonight," Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," and ended the night with Ginuwine's "Pony."

Before they took the stage, the band sat down with KROQ joq Nicole Alvarez to talk all things Halloween, which is where things took a turn for the dark side.

The guys all agreed that they’d rather have to face Satan than a psychopath in a horror movie in a landslide decision.

“Satan dresses way better,” Boyd explained matter-of-factly. “Satan always has the bitchin’ red tailored suit and the cane. He always wants to make a deal."

Nicole Alvarez and Incubus (Photo: Tanner Grant)

It was when Alvarez posed a question relating to the gruesome Saw movies that the inner darkness of Incubus began to emerge: if they were to find themselves trapped in a room, would they rather eat one of their bandmates or eat their own arm off to escape?

As the band began to immediately detail the ways in which they would go about eating each other, drummer Jose Pasillas made it clear: “We’ve actually talked about this as a band.”

“It’s a Spinal Tap sort of thing where bands talk about what they would do in case of a plane crash or something,” chimed in guitarist Mike Einziger.

Watch the guys go deep on what an Incubus horror movie would look like, which member would be the virgin and who’d be the first—and last—to die. Hey, someone should really finance an Incubus horror movie for next Halloween. That would be pretty, pretty good. 



Congrats to our winner of the Halloween Ball Costume contest, hosted by Stryker, who went home $5,000 richer!

Stryker and the costume contest winner (Photo: Tanner Grant)

Photo: Tanner Grant

Photo: Tanner Grant

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DJ Jeremiah Red (Photo: Tanner Grant)

Photo: Tanner Grant

Photo: Tanner Grant

Photo: Tanner Grant

Photo: Tanner Grant