Rob Zombie rocking the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on the Twins of Evil Tour. Photo by Matt Skillman.
By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)
Two years after thoroughly rocking the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on a co-headlining gig with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie returned for seconds.
It was the Twins of Evil 2012 Tour, and Rob Zombie followed Marilyn Manson’s set with his own brand of thunderous industrial-metal classics, stunning visuals, dancing robots, cartoonish backdrops and LOTS of pyro!
Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure; Rob Zombie knows how to put on a show. Not as gothic or cynical as Manson’s, but more cartoonish and often humorous, Zombie’s shows are as much a treat for the eyes as for the ears.
From the opening blast of “Jesus Frankestein” right into “Superbeast” and “Meet the Creeper,” Zombie’s show did not let up for a minute. The only exception was his request for the ladies to get up on the shoulders of the gentleman for the performance of “Living Dead Girl.”
Rob Zombie is at the top of his game right now. With several multi-platinum albums under his belt, a reputation for being one of the hottest live acts and a successful filmmaking career with a new movie to be released next year, there’s no denying he’s a force to be reckoned with.
It would be a sin not to mention his shameless self-plug of his new film, The Lords of Salem, right before his encore. However, the crowd welcomed it with cheers, as it somehow fit perfectly into the show.
Rob Zombie has the swagger of any great rock frontman, and his love of mixing old-school horror and heavy metal set to a sexy swinging groove has been the bread and butter of his entire musical career. But it’s his band that not only provides him with his backdrop, but often times even steals the show.
The current live line-up consists of bassist Piggy D, and former Marilyn Manson band mates, drummer Ginger Fish and guitarist-extrodinaire John 5.
The thick and groovy rhythm section of Piggy D and Ginger Fish hold down a perfect groove to the pre-recorded industrial-esque samples and sound effects, while John 5 undoubtedly shreds through all of Zombie’s catalogue. He brings new life to old White Zombie classics “More Human Than Human” and “Thunderkiss ’65” and definitely shows with diversity in newer tunes like “Mars Needs Women.”
The show’s climax came after “Thunderkiss ’65” when John 5 broke out into an over-the-top wildly entertaining guitar solo, complete with pentagrams, inverted crucifixes and an appearance from a 10-foot Satan coming out to join him.
Since the earliest days of White Zombie, Rob Zombie has been known for his innovative use of theatrics and visual art. admittingly working off of the groundwork established by Alice Cooper, then taking it into a deeper and darker place, Zombie has never failed to keep audiences on the edge of their seat with what he conjures up next.
All in all, Rob Zombie’s performance left the crowd in awe with many of them wanting more. As more of a Manson fan than a Zombie fan, I have to give this one to Zombie.
“I’m not a huge fan of Rob Zombie,” said an audience member, “but that was one hell of a show. I’m blown away!”
The bigger production may have helped, but the band was spot on with every song translating very well live. Highlights of the show would have to include “Superbeast,” “Thunderkiss ’65,” “Never Gonna Stop,” the show’s closer “Dragula,” and last but not least, John 5’s absolutely sick solo.
If you’re in the mood for crushing metal with a groovy twist and outlandish visuals, then Rob Zombie is your ticket!