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Hazzard Homecoming Brings “Dukes” to Life!

Just the good ol’ boys…and everybody else, appeared at Hazzard Homecoming on August 11 & 12 for Dukes of Hazzard fun! Taking place on a rolling green field under bright blue skies, fans from around the globe enjoyed this memorable visit to “Hazzard County.”

While there were many highlights of the event, the stunt show featuring “Bo and Luke” behind the wheel of the General Lee is the likely favorite. The low-profile jump spared the Charger from damage, while still giving fans a traditional Hazzard County chase!  Here’s a YouTube video posted by “BradNMarty.”

Many fans couldn’t make the trip for this event, so if you have photos, videos or  reports to share about your experience, please feel welcome to post it in our Forums! You can also post on our Facebook page!

Entire Dukes Cast Gathers for Hazzard Homecoming!

Unless you’ve been hiding out in the mountains with your moonshine still, you’ve probably heard that Hazzard Homecoming is taking place August 11 & 12! It’s located at the Ben Venue Racecourse, intersection of Hwy 211 and Route 729 in Amissville, VA. This is just down the road from Sperryville.

Hazzard Homecoming will feature personal appearances by the surviving principal cast of The Dukes of Hazzard. Yes, both John Schneider and Tom Wopat – Bo and Luke Duke  – will be there! As will the charming Catherine Bach.

We’ll also have the intrepid presence of the Hazzard County Sheriff’s Department; James Best, Sonny Shroyer and Rick Hurst. Hosting the shindig is Ben Jones, ol’ Cooter himself, with help from his wife, the lovely Miss Alma.

Of course, you can expect to see lots of General Lees too! Along with Daisy’s Jeep, Uncle Jesse’s pickup and Hazzard County patrol cars.

There’s literally too much going on for us to list, so head over to Cootersplace.com for the complete details. There’s a long lineup of concerts, BMX bike stunts, professional wrestling and whatever else they pull out of the hat.

Best of all, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other Dukes fans just like you, who can’t get enough of the Dukes of Hazzard!

It’s been hinted by the organizers that this could be “the last time the entire cast is together.”  We’re not going to read into that too deeply or speak anything negative into existence. What we will say, however, is that we know just how much time, work and expense go into putting these events together. There’s been some form of DukesFest/Hazzard Homecoming for so long now that we’ve come to expect them.

But you never know.

So, clear your calendar, gas up the car, pack a cooler and make the pilgrimage to Hazzard Homecoming! Oh, and before we forget – YEEEHAAAA!!

 

News: Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider Appearing in Monticello, Iowa!

His popularity began as “Bo Duke” and it hasn’t slowed down ever since! John Schneider is a veteran actor who has appeared in many TV shows, including “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Smallville”, “Glee”, “Trick My What?” and  more. He has numerous movie roles on his resume’, plus he’s had a successful recording career and still does a concert now and then. So, what is John doing at the Rod & Custom Car Show in Monticello, Iowa on Feb 25 & 26?

John will be signing autographs and having his picture taken, no doubt, and he’ll be making a lot of fans happy in the process! Much like Tom Wopat did last weekend at the car show in Canton, Ohio.

It says something about the enduring nature of The Dukes of Hazzard that “Bo and Luke Duke” still draw crowds at car shows. And the fact that John Schneider and Tom Wopat are still willing to sign trunk lids and toy General Lees, says something special about them both.

John will be at the Monticello Berndes Center on Saturday, Feb 25 from noon until 4:00 p.m.  He will return that same evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 26, he will be there from 10:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m. Visit the show website for more information.

If you go, remember that getting there early is the name of the game. We do not know how much John is charging for autographs at this show.  Bring extra cash, and bring only what you can reasonably afford to have signed.  Merchandise and photos are usually available at John’s booth.

As always, feel welcome to share your experience and photos with us on our Facebook page and on our Forums!

News: Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat Appearing in Canton, Ohio!

Calling all Tom Wopat fans! Feb 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, otherwise known as Luke Duke, will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, in…that’s right, Canton, Ohio!  He will be available for autographs on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., then returning that night from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. 

Sunday, he’ll be there from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is $10, and autographs are only  $5.00 for an item you bring, or, $10 for an autographed photo. Tom will have his music CD’s available for $20.

A General Lee, provided by our friend “TimDuke”, is also scheduled to be there!

Tom doesn’t do many non-musical appearances, so this is a rare chance to see him in person and outside of the theater!

You’ll want to arrive early for the best parking. 

Ya’ll are welcome to share your pictures on the HazzardNet Forums and Facebook page!

Dukes Cast Member Appearances Coming Up!

Dukes of Hazzard Bo, Luke, and RoscoLooking for a chance to see your favorite Dukes of Hazzard cast member in person? Then mark your calendar with these upcoming events!

Feb 4 & 5, James Best, known to us all as Rosco P. Coltrane, will be at the Mount Dora Art Festival in Mount Dora, FL.  While this isn’t a Dukes event, it’s a good chance to see Jimmie and check out his paintings.

Feb 17, 18 & 19, Tom Wopat, alias “Luke Duke” will be at the Canton Hot Rod Show at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in…you guessed it, Canton OH!  A General Lee is scheduled to be with him at the show. See the official website for show hours and admission fees. Note, Tom doesn’t do a lot of Dukes-themed shindigs, so this is a rare chance for a meet & greet.  If you are interested in Tom’s vocal performances, check out the upcoming show dates on his website.

March 23, 24 & 25, Ben Jones, a/k/a Cooter Davenport, will be at the International Auto Showcase at the New York State Fairgrounds. This huge indoor car show will feature classic and custom cars with an emphasis on old-school muscle. Cooter is always a crowd-pleaser, stop by and say howdy!

And don’t forget, tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan 13 at noon for the Tom Wopat & John Schneider concert on April 12 & 13! Last year’s gig at this venue completely sold out, so we’ve been alerting y’all about this as much as we can.

Us Dukes of Hazzard fans have it good, don’t we? Stay tuned for more Dukes of Hazzard news as it comes!

Tom Wopat and John Schneider in Concert!

Photo credit: Paul Harrington

Forever known as Bo and Luke Duke to fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Tom Wopat and John Schneider have come a long way from Hazzard County. Their diverse careers include success in vocal recordings, Broadway performances, theatre productions, concerts, TV and movie roles, and more. They are, without doubt, consummate entertainers who know how to engage and delight an audience.

When peforming together, the audience is treated to a combined talent that is augmented by genuine camaraderie. Rare is the friendship that lasts over 30 years, rarer still a friendship that has survived the brutal pressures of Hollywood and the media.

In concert, Wopat and Schneider display an obvious ease around each other, clearly enjoying themselves and the music that unites them. They give audiences the same good time that they’re having! The only drawbacks to seeing them peform live together, is that the event is far too rare, and the evening seems to end too quickly.

So far for 2012, you have exactly two chances to catch Tom and John in concert: April 12 and April 13 at the Fallsview Casino & Resort in Niagra Falls, Ontario. Tickets will be going on sale in January 2012. Seating is limited to 1,500 in the intimate concert venue, meaning that tickets will go fast. 

At this time, we do not know exactly when tickets will become available in January. We will make every effort to post an alert when tickets are on sale.  With a total of only 3,000 tickets being available for the weekend, you’ll want to stay in the loop!

Tom Wopat Lands Role in Quentin Tarantino Flick

Tom Wopat, known to us as Luke Duke from “The Dukes of Hazzard”,  has landed the role of Marshall Gill Tatum in Tarantino’s 2012 movie, “Django Unchained.”  This is a spaghetti n’ grits southern-western, promising bullets, havoc and revenge. 

In a nutshell, freed slave Django teams up with his bounty-hunter mentor to rescue his enslaved wife from a sadistic plantation owner. The latter will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tom is no stranger to modern westerns, having played Colonel Slocum in the 2010 movie, Jonah Hex.  While Tom’s main bread n’ butter has been Broadway musicals for many years, he continues to obtain roles in movies and television. Additionally, he performs live concerts in an array of venues, receiving critical acclaim for his smooth, crooning jazz vocals.

The Django Unchained cast also includes actor M.C. Gainey, who portrayed Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the 2005 big-screen Dukes of Hazzard movie.

Another Hazzard connection is that director/screenwriter Quentin Tarantino was once a student of James Best’s camera technique school.  In his book Best in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, James remarked that he told Tarantino he was a “lousy actor” and that he should “take up writing.”  The rest, as they say, is history.

Django Unchained is in pre-production status, and is expected to be in theaters by December 2012.

Speed Into Summer with The Dukes of Hazzard!

Officially, summer just started, but it already feels like it’s flying by! One thing you don’t want to skip this summer is the good ol’ fashioned family road trip, especially when you can meet some of the original cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard! Here’s a quick list of what’s going on and who’s gonna be there:

July 01 – Rick Hurst, otherwise known as Deputy Cletus Hogg, will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg TN!

July 02 – Catherine Bach, Daisy Duke herself, will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg TN!

July 04 – Ben “Cooter” Jones will be at…no, not Cooter’s Place! Fooled ya. He’ll be at the community 4th of July shindig in Sperryville VA!

July 08-10 – John Schneider, known around here as Bo Duke, will be at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA!

July 16 – Sonny Shroyer, a/k/a Deputy Enos Strate, will be at the Johnny Lightning collectibles shindig in Dyersville, IA!

July 30-31 – John Schneider will be at the Marilla Car, Truck & Cycle Show in Marilla, NY!

Aug 13-14 – James Best, ol’ Rosco P.Coltrane, makes his only summer appearance scheduled thus far, at the Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, VA! Hazzard Homecoming is the big Dukes shindig of the summer, organized by Ben Jones and the lovely Miss Alma. Catherine Bach, Sonny Shroyer, and Rick Hurst will also be joining Ben Jones at this event. This is the place to see a General Lee, and to enjoy bluegrass music, all surrounded in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

*UPDATE*  John Schneider will also be at Hazzard Homecoming but *ONLY* on Sunday, August 14th!

What about Tom Wopat, of Luke Duke fame? He’s given his regards – and time – to Broadway! You can see him in the Tony-award winning musical, “Catch Me if You Can.”

Note, many of the above events, such as Hazzard Homecoming, and the car shows, require an admission fee. We will be adding more event details and links to our Forums section for each cast member. Also, please be aware that cast members generally do not give “free” autographs. An autograph may be included if you make a merchandise purchase from them, but if you bring an item of your own to have signed, be prepared to pay. Cast members each have their own rules n’ deals on these matters, and generally reserve the right to restrict their autographs to approved merchandise.

Dukes of Hazzard Screen Test

Ever wonder how it looked when John Schneider and Tom Wopat became Bo Duke and Luke Duke for the first time? Here’s an early look at The Dukes of Hazzard, through a screen test in 1978.  While this exact scene never shows up in an episode, the plot elements sound familiar to “Daisy’s Song.”  You’ll also notice a little more cussing and a slightly edgier feel, which was true to the first few episodes.

This screen test is part of the Bonus Features on The Dukes of Hazzard Season Two DVD set.

“The Dukes” Cartoon Series Coming to DVD!

Warner Brothers will be releasing The Dukes cartoons series on DVD through their manufacture-on-demand program on November 30th! WB has released a lot of great old and rare films through this program and it’s available through their WBShop.com website (check out the WB Archive). Let’s hope that they’ll release Enos through this program as well!

Thanks to Daney and to the folks over at TVShowsonDVD.com for the news! As soon we hear about box art and all we’ll share here!

Yeeehaww!

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