It's been 12 long years since Mr. Zombie graced these shores with his apocalyptic visionary horror fest and in true Zombie style he brought the whole shebang with him. Fire, robots, huge screens and enough costume changes to make any West End productions look like amateur theater.
Playing relatively small venues the demand was so high he could have played venues three times the size, needless to say the whole tour sold out within hours. Unlike most I had the advantage of catching his show in Las Vegas on the Halloween tour of 2009 so I knew what to expect. Kicking off with Jesus Frankenstein the place just exploded in a sea of dreadlocks, eyeliner and pumping fists. Without a doubt Rob Zombie has his live show nailed down tighter than a coffin lid, OK he may not be precise in the vocal department but for sheer entertainment he is faultless. Covering every inch of the crammed stage he's sharing with his various props and creations it's when some of the old White Zombie numbers get aired the place almost implodes. With John 5 on guitar Piggy D on bass and hot off his Murderdolls tour Joey Jordison behind the kit Robs band sound tight and polished. Three huge screens provided more visionary candy and gave us a look into Rob's 'B' movie obsession offering some depth to the songs. Mars Needs Women, Thunder Kiss 65 and the final encore of Dragular which saw the whole band decked out in Union Jack attire ended an evening of sheer entertainment with a twisted Rob Zombie stance. Not too sure about the flames and ticker tape combination though I'm sure the fire crews were twitching in the wings at that point. Somehow I don't think he'll leave it another 12 years until his next full on U.K tour, still good things certainly do come to those who wait.
Scum of the Earth
Living Dead Girl
More Human Than Human @Cover[White Zombie]
Mars Needs Women
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
Thunder Kiss '65 @Cover[White Zombie]
Werewolf Women of the SS
Mark 'Tosh' Davies