NMD – Following a brief break in airing episodes, Ghost Hunters is returning to the SyFy channel to begin its newest season with a visit to Shreveport, LA, where they spend the night at the Municipal Auditorium, located in the heart of the city.
As well as being extremely haunted, the Municipal Auditorium is the home of the now defunct radio show Louisiana Hayride, which is where Elvis Presley got his start; it’s also where Elvis worked when Colonel Parker bought his contract for a then unheard of price of $10,000 (which in today’s dollars would be just under $100,000.00).
Recently, we talked to Adam Berry, Ghost Hunters newest crew member, about the time he and his fellow crew members spent at the auditorium; it was exciting for him, to say the least. Berry is from the Deep South and feels his connection to the region may have helped the investigation. Though Berry now lives in Provincetown, MA, he was born in Muscle Shoals, AL, home of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (where the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and Otis Redding have recorded), as well as Memphis and Nashville, TN, giving him a unique connection with the spirits of the place. In addition to the connection of common ancestry, Berry also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory. Being a musician himself, Berry told us he, “…talked music with the ghosts and I feel it maybe helped the investigation. I think there’s a difference growing up in Memphis, Nashville and Muscle Shoals with the music you grow up hearing. The culture is different in Muscle Shoals and its music and it’s a big deal.”
In addition to being back in Louisiana, which the team loved, Amy Bruni returned from maternity leave and is back in full-force, which pleased Berry, “It was wonderful having Amy back in the mix because she was on maternity leave for a while. We feed off each other really well and this was her first investigation back. It was great to work with her again.”
When asked about any events that might have occurred during their investigation, he didn’t want to give too much away, but said with a laugh, “You’ll just have to watch the show!”
However, he then followed with, “No, really, we did have some great evidence to present at the reveal and there was definitely something following Amy and I around the basement while we investigated. It would seem the ghosts there are definitely related to the history of the building.”
One part of the investigation is talking to people who have experienced paranormal events there, and the Ghost Hunters weren’t disappointed during this aspect of it. Berry shares that this made the investigation even better for the team, “In talking to people, we had so many consistent happenings from different people, which makes it a great place to investigate, and makes us really excited that we might experience them, too. We work to disprove and were pleased with the location because we were able to have experiences like others have had.” (And before he answered this question, he was, first and foremost, an investigator and answered with a question of his own, “What did YOU experience there?” After I told him, he acknowledged my experiences matched what they were told by others in the area.)
As well as being on the lookout for Elvis – and Berry told us he would LOVE to get proof of Elvis in the afterlife, putting to bed forever that Elvis is still alive – the history of Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium is one of cotillions, USO dances, and professional wrestling and MMA matches. Because of this, the ghosts there are varied and diverse – and there is a ghost there who was a young man killed while driving to the building for his first professional MMA match. It is only during the official tour of the building visitors can learn of loves lost & found, births in bathrooms, and the tale of the man from the military who haunts a room upstairs, loving to tease the ladies with a tug on their hair. Berry, though, felt this was one of the best locations he’d ever investigated, “We had a great time going back to Louisiana and were thrilled to be in Shreveport. Especially with the subject matter of the investigation, which is happy, and not depressing, like some other locations. It was nice to go into a space so filled with love and excitement.”
As a final suggestion, Adam Berry recommends viewers go to their SyFy webpage to view bonus scenes and outtakes from the shows – nearly 500 of them!
To view the upcoming season premiere of the Ghost Hunters investigation tune into the SyFy Channel on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 9 PM Eastern Time, 8 PM Central Time.
To Follow Ghost Hunters in Cyberworld:
Website: http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/ – and if you visit this site right now, Adam has given a video Q&A taken from questions on their Facebook page.
To follow Adam Berry in cyberworld:
For more information about the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, please see: http://www.explorationtravelmagazine.com/shreveports-municipal-auditorium-where-elvis-got-his-start/