LIVE : Rob Zombie, London 17/10/2016

Shock-rocker Rob Zombie played his only [sold out] UK date in 2016 to mark the end of the tour. There’s no support as such, drummer Ginger Fish gets everyone warmed up with a DJ set accompanied with occasional podium dance moves that you would expect to see from your dad at New Years.

The venue turns to darkness and opening track ‘The Last of the Demons Defeated’ from latest album ‘Electric Warlock Acid Witch…‘ plays. Guitarist John 5 takes the stage, seen only by his illuminated Telecaster and flashing lights in his grinning mouth. Straight into ‘Dead City Radio’, ‘Superbeast’ and ‘In the Age of the Concecrated Vampire, We All Get High’, the venue is bathed in impressive lights and dripping with excitement from the off.

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A chipper Zombie sets the challenge ‘do you like to party? Can you party like France did last night?’ With unanimous cheers they plough straight into ‘Living Dead Girl’ met with a buoyant crowd and surfers galore; Rob’s high-energy stage moves are infectious even to the seated upper tier.

Where the show is lacking props seen on this tour (no flames, or robots), they make up with inflatables, costume changes and crazy custom guitars. Sheri Moon appears to rapturous delight, holding a couple of blow up aliens who join the crowd for copious amounts of fun during the hilarious ‘Well, Everyone is Fucking in a UFO’, while multi-coloured balls bounce around for the remainder of the show.

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At a Zombie show, the crowd give as good as they get; many dressed as characters from Rob Zombie’s movies, a topless sweat smeared Captain Spaulding look-a-like crowd surfs multiple times, the girls at the barrier in fake wounds and zombie makeup. Actor Rich Brake (aka Doom-Head from movie 31) is even in attendance.

White Zombie anthems ‘Thunder Kiss ’65’ and ‘More Human, than Human’ went down an absolute storm, along with Tone-Loc’ ‘Wild Thing’, Alice Cooper ‘School’s Out’ and Ramones ‘Blitzkrieg Pop’ covers thrown into the mix.

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En-mass sing-a-long for fan requested show finale ‘Sick Bubble-Gum’ shook the venue to its foundations, it’s fair to say London met the challenge. A great mix of old and new Zombie songs for one big explosive party!

Could it be that Monday night is the new Friday?

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Setlist

The Last of the Demons Defeated

Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown

Superbeast

In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High

Demonoid Phenomenon

Wild Thing  (Tone‐Lōc cover)

Living Dead Girl

Scum of the Earth

Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.

More Human Than Human

Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)

The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore

House of 1000 Corpses

Guitar Solo

Thunder Kiss ’65

School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)

Blitzkrieg Bop  (Ramones cover)

Thunder Kiss ’65

Encore 1:

The Lords of Salem

Get Your Boots On! That’s the End of Rock and Roll

Dragula

Encore 2:

Meet the Creeper

Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga

Sick Bubble-Gum

About the Author:
Marie Korner is an internationally published photographer, with over a decade of experience. She has an insatiable love for collecting skulls & vintage items. A wife, mother of two, and occasional foul mouth in a pint-sized package.


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