All posts for the month October, 2012


Written by, Josh Colwell  

-Professional Writing/Editing Major at

Youngstown State University


bones rattle with rage beneath my feet

they talk of a life, a life bittersweet

no children, no house, no marriage, no dream

all of these thoughts make him want to scream

but he has no lungs, no heart, no brain

does a voice in my head mean I’ve gone insane?

he has no laugh, no smile, no cry

only the years and people that pass him by

the sun is setting, and I must return home

but I dare not leave this poor soul alone

so I dig him up and bring every last piece

and tuck him neatly in a blanket of fleece

a swell of joy engulfs my heart

two brothers eternal, never to part

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!

Marilyn Manson performing “Antichrist Superstar” live at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Photo by Matt Skillman.

By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)
On October 15, 2012, the Twins of Evil 2012 Tour stopped at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, and just in time for Halloween.
Co-headling the tour were two of Shock-rock’s most iconic figures: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Manson’s moody and gothic anthems of rebellion perfectly balanced Zombie’s horror-inspired fist-pumpers, offering a diverse yet seemingly fitting live show, complete with impressive visuals and theatrics.
After a brief and interesting opening set from Slipknot’s DJ, Sid Wilson, Manson took the stage and came out swinging to “Hey Cruel World,” the opening track off his latest album, Born Villan.
From there, the band delivered a blistering hour-long set spanning all of their biggest hit singles. Concert favorites like “The Dope Show,” Disposable Teens” and “Sweet Dreams” went over very well with the audience. In typical Manson fashion, he joked between songs, “Youngstown, Ohio! I got my first venerial disease here!” Finally, they gave a stellar performance of “The Beautiful People” to close the set.
With the exception of two new songs from Born Villan, “No Reflection” and “Slo-Mo-Tion,” it was strictly the hits and the crowd ate it up.
Manson’s band was tight and in tip-top shape, with long-time collaborator Twiggy Ramirez assuming the role of guitarist. Ramirez, who co-wrote a vast portion of Manson’s earlier material, served as the band’s bassist from 1994-2002 before returning to the fold in 2008 and since proving his chops as the band’s live lead guitarist.
Manson himself may have been the weakest part of his own show. Although proving he still has it nailing the screams in the choruses of “The Love Song” and “Rock is Dead,” it didn’t come without him clearly showing signs of fatigue in his voice afterward.
“He was experiencing some sound issues,” said one member of the crowd. “He also became out of breath and frustrated at times. The stage show is good and I like the new tunes, but not sure how well they translate live.”
Another disappointing aspect of Manson’s live show was the fact that if you seen them ten years ago, you may have seen a very similar, if not practically the same show. All of the old live shticks were in place, using recycled props from the past. For example, the Antichrist Superstar-era flag and podium, the Mechanical Animals-era ‘DRUGS’ lights and the Holy Wood-era Catholic Bishop’s costume. Although some may argue they’ve become staples of their act, overall it felt more tired than nostalgic.
The best part of Manson’s performance was the fact that they stuck to the hits, and offered no filler and nothing from the last two bombed albums, The High End of Low and Eat Me, Drink Me. Personally, I would have liked to have heard more from Antichrist Superstar and Portrait of An American Family, but they were only allotted so much time before Rob Zombie had to take the stage.
As a life-long Marilyn Manson fan, I will say that I was pleased with, but not blown away by the performance. I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite bands since I was 11 or 12, and it met my expectations to be honest. For anyone who has not had the chance to see the band live and still wishes to, I’d say it’s still worth the money.

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