The highlight for any music fan is getting the opportunity to see your favorite artist play up close and personal in a club sized venue. There is something about the intimacy and the energy that you can’t replicate at an arena sized show. On Friday night (4-8-16), Rob Zombie and company; John 5 (guitar), Ginger Fish (drums) and Piggy D (bass) descended upon The Roxy in Hollywood, CA like a scene straight from your favorite horror film, making for one of the more memorable nights of rock n’ roll The Strip has seen in a long while.
In a show that sold out in less than a minute after tickets went on sale, fans arrived early on a rather chilly and rainy evening ready to submerge themselves into the world of Rob Zombie. Breaking open the show with More Human Than Human instantly brought an overwhelming response as fans screamed along with Zombie who came out singing on a skeleton microphone stand, dreadlocks flowing and dressed to rock in blue bell bottoms with silver stars on them. Horns immediately flew up in the air and the energy only got got more intense as the night went on. Singing Dead City Radio from Zombie’s previous album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor had the whole place banging their heads and bouncing around even in a packed house where there wasn’t much room to move around. At one point Zombie made a special request. That everyone would put their cell phones away for five minutes so it could be reminiscent of a playing a show 20 years ago. For the most part people complied but it wasn’t long after the five minutes ended that those phones were back up filming and taking photographs.
Superbeast and Living Dead Girl sparked the nostalgic Zombie that always seems to bring out the life in the audience. John 5 and Piggy D started changing their instruments like props to add some mystique and flair to the show. Piggy D’s red demon eyed bass surely had its eyes on everyone and John 5 even went as far as to come out wearing various masks. One of the highlights of any Zombie show is the props and the classic monster movie vibe. Next up was Well, Everybody’s F***ing In A UFO the first single from his upcoming album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration slated for an April 29th release. Then it was right back to classics like Thunderkiss 65, American Band and Get Your Boots On. Zombie stepped out into the crowd and it started a frenzy of stage divers that went on through the rest of the show. Taking us back to the title track of his first film House Of 1000 Corpses John 5 came out in a mask that resembled Otis’s creation in the film.
As the show’s power level continued to rise, Zombie brought out longtime friend Glen Danzig to sing Vampira with him. That was a special treat for everyone and also brought the level of intensity up a few more notches. Even up ’til their last song, Dragula there were random stage divers throughout the night but Zombie, Piggy D and John 5 didn’t even make a fuss, they just kept playing and seemed to enjoy the passion they were getting back from the audience. Rob Zombie and his band always give 110% and even when we all thought we had heard the last song, they came back out for three more! Scum Of The Earth, Meet The Creeper and ending on a sentimental note with a song Zombie dedicated to his wife Sheri Moon Zombie called Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga.
As the curtains went down, everyone cheered and wanted more but it was time for Zombie and his crew to have some well deserved relaxation after putting on such a high voltage show for everyone. Certainly, this made for the perfect warmup for the upcoming tour with Korn and In This Moment, which will make its way to Irvine on July 24th.
If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out Screamer’s April cover story, an exclusive interview with Rob Zombie as well as a review of his album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration due out April 29th.