The house of 1,000 corpses that Zombie built: And it wasn’t built in a day either!

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Photo Credit: Hostile Jo

What’s up freaks! Sorry for the leave of absence (like ya gave a shit) but this wanna be writer has a job to tend to blah fucking blah…Anyway Rob Zombie kicked off his tour in West Hollywood (thanks for the invite Jo) and I’d like to do a short retrospective on the 31 year journey this master of shock rock has endured. Design school classmates Sean Yseult and Robert Cummings started what would be one of the most intense rock acts of the mid 80’s and beyond known as White Zombie. These guys took what Alice Cooper was doing and kept it going. While grunge music was running amuck in the 90’s White Zombie was dishing out some sick, heavy, and groovy tunes. It wasn’t until their release of the La Sexorcisto album that White Zombie started to turn some heads with the infamous track “Thunder Kiss ’65” The horror element, of course, having such a huge influence made the live shows all the more interesting whilst shaping Rob’s persona on and off stage. White Zombie recorded their final album Astro Creep: 2000 in 1995 which contained a strong follow up to it’s predecessor with the track “More Human Than Human”. If you haven’t fucked to this song yet or banged your head to “Electric Head Pt. 1” ya need to get on that ya fucking virgin! Anyway it sucks Rob split with WZ. They had a phenomenal thing going and were on the verge of reaching their peak. Rob went on and changed his name legally to Rob Zombie and continued doing what he does best. Zombie’s debut album Hellbilly Deluxe was a bat out of the belfry carrying some spooky, heavy, and catchy tunes making it one of the best rock efforts of the late 90’s.

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Photo Credit: Hostile Jo

The track “Dragula” echoed throughout rock and metal making a stand for the genre in a desolate music scene. Believe it or not Zombie helped pave the way for some of the shit you hear nowadays whether it’s good or just plain crap. Rob’s second release The Sinister Urge was an awesome and fluid follow up to Hellbilly Deluxe staying true to its elements of horror with another batch of gruesome tunes. The track “Never Gonna Stop” made a statement of Zombie’s staying power in shock rock and showed no signs of slowing down. Zombie has since then directed a couple of films and released three more studio albums plus a couple of live ones. A new album is tentatively due to be out soon. Now on tour, Zombie puts on a hell of a show and it is not for the faint of heart. I mean if you think Slayer or Cannibal Corpse shows are crazy and dangerous (in the mosh), Zombie definitely ranks up there with them. I’m gonna sit this one out (Thanks a whole fucking lot Jo!) but if Zombie has a show scheduled in your town check them the fuck out. Thanks for reading. See you in the mosh!!!!

 

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How is that for some background info on the king of shock rock, Rob Zombie? Well the night was eerie, cold and gloomy in Hollywood, Ca. where hundreds of metal heads and lovers or the horror show Zombie presents waited in line for the one night only event. Rob Zombie announced his intimate show at The Roxy Theater for April 8th, and it sold out. However, we were there to record this ghoulish metal act and bring you some of the best images one can snap. The set was brutal, the pit was aggressive as John 5 rocked his lava filled guitar on songs like “Everybody is Fucking In a U.F.O” which is one of his singles for the upcoming album “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” yes that is the fucking name, deal with it, It’s Rob Zombie and he can do as he pleases. Now if you haven’t caught a glimpse of the video to this single please grab a drill and gouge your eyes out or simply click here. Of course, the classic song like “Living Dead Girl”, which was dedicated to all the girls in the audience, was part of that set. I truly have never seen so many hot chicks in a metal show, thank you Rob Zombie for attracting some eye candy to your shows. On a different note, when Piggy D. took out his Monster bass guitar I knew the night had just commenced and the freak show was about to ensue.

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Photo Credit: Hostile Jo

Ginger Fish on drums was amazing and his blast resonated in The Roxy, I am surprised that place is still standing. Rob Zombie is full of energy, master of horror dances on stage as he feels the music by his peers blasting out of the amplifiers. He is definitely a true musician and performer and gives his fans what they want, an electrifying show. Rob Zombie jumped into the crowd singing along with the fans and loving what he does. There is definitely no one similar to this quartet who can deliver such hyper and exhilarating show. The crowd surfers were plenty, even Zombie was confused- he stated, “I just don’t get people, they crowd surf in a Rob Zombie show” love the sarcasm. This front man also went on asking fans to give him five minutes of our time without cellphones, just enjoy the show people stop taking damn selfies at a rock show. The surprise to the mayhem was when Glen Danzig joined the band as they covered a Misfit song; truly I was pretty drunk by then to recognize the song. I just knew Danzig was there and shit got even more real.The horror depicted in this rock show was intense, and the crowd loved each minute of it. No metal and rock is not dead, as Rob Zombie is resuscitating the sound once again.  Well if you have seen a show before by this amazing act you know what the damn Impaler is talking about, if you haven’t below are the dates get your tickets fast.

Tour Dates
4/8 – Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy
4/30 – Fort Myers, FL at Fort Rock
5/1 – Jacksonville, FL at Welcome to Rockville
5/3 – Biloxi, MS at Mississippi Coast Coliseum*
5/4 – Pelham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheater*
5/6 – Atlanta, GA at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood*
5/7 – Nashville, TN at Ascend Amphitheater*
5/8 – Concord, NC at Carolina Rebellion
5/10 – Lafayette, LA at Cajundome*
5/11 – Bossier City, LA at CenturyLink Center*
5/13 – Council Bluffs, IA at KIWR Festival
5/14 – Somerset, WI at Northern Invasion
5/15 – Fargo, ND at Fargo Civic Center
5/17 – Cedar Rapids, IA at US Cellular Center*
5/18 – Bloomington, IL at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
5/19 – Saginaw, MI at FirstMerit Bank Event Park
5/20-5/21 – Columbus, OH at Rock On The Range
5/22 – Hershey, PA at Giant Center*
5/24 – Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena*
5/25 – Fort Wayne, IN at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
5/27-5/29 – Pryor, OK at Rocklahoma
7/19 – Englewood, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^
7/20 – Salt Lake City, UT at USANA Amphitheater^
7/22 – Albuquerque, NM at Isleta Amphitheater^
7/23 – Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion^
7/24 – Irvine, CA at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre^
7/26 – Nampa (Boise), ID at Idaho Center Amphitheater^
7/27 – Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre^
7/29 – Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre^
7/30 – Las Vegas, NV at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino^
8/2 – Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater^
8/3 – The Woodlands, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^
8/4 – Dallas TX at Gexa Energy Pavilion^
8/6 – Noblesville, IN at Klipsch Music Center^
8/7 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center^
8/9 – Maryland Heights, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^
8/10 – Kansas City, MO at Sandstone^
8/21 – Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre^
8/23 – West Toronto, ON at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre^
8/24 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH at Blossom Music Center^
8/25 – Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion^
8/27 – Syracuse, NY at Lakeview Amphitheater^
8/28 – Boston, MA at Xfinity Center^
8/30 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center^
9/1 – Hartford, CT at Xfinity Theatre^
9/2 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion^
9/3 – Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live^

* Co-Headlined with Disturbed
^ Co-Headlined with Korn
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