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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

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An Evening with Machine Head

A couple of weeks back, I went on the road with Machine Head – a dream of mine since I started this photography lark ten years ago.

When they announced their ‘Evening with…’ shows, we spoke about me going out with them for a chunk of the UK tour as their photographer. It was a privilege and honour to be a part of such an achievement in their career; playing between two and half hours up to a record three hour set, with no support bands – and the majority of the shows completely sold out. It was something I cannot put into words. Some fans had been to at least forty shows in the 25 years of Machine Head, while for others, it was their first. Some raged until they bled and couldn’t move anymore, some cried tears, and others lost their voices. The mutual love between them and their fans is something to be aspired to; whether it be an interaction during a meet and greet, the bunch that become a familiar face at front barrier for countless shows, or the guys and gals that wait in all weather conditions at the end of the night to meet them. 

Pure and simple, Machine Head fans are die hard, fucking crazy fans.

I have a lot of photos, so will post my favourites that capture the vibe from the shows I was at. (The other shots I have from the tour might be posted at a later date).

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From the heart

Machine. Fucking. Head. 

Mx

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A (Re)Touching Story

In 2016, I will be in my 10th year of ‘being’ a photographer. Needless to say before then I was taking pictures on a social level, always seen with a camera of some sort.  There are many bands I have photographed, some of which have been an incredible honour – bands I grew up listening to through good times and bad. Music soothes the soul as they say.

 

I’ve had many a conversation with fellow photographers about bucket list bands and artists, along the lines of “if you could go back in time, who would you have loved to photograph live?” Mine would be (in no particular order) Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Queen (with Freddy Mercury), Alice in Chains (with Layne Staley), Jimi Hendrix, and THE Guns ‘n’ Roses lineup.

 

I digress.

 

After watching ‘Montage of Heck‘ and then the ‘Soaked in Bleach‘ documentary, I was speaking to a friend about how much those productions made me angry and conflicted as they told such different stories about Kurt Cobain’s life and the events surrounding his death. They pointed me to the book ‘Heavier than Heaven‘ by Seattle based writer and journalist Charles R. Cross, and said ‘…in those pages is all anyone needs to know’.

 

I read the book in 3 weeks, which is good going for me as a person with little spare time.

 

A beautifully written and well researched book. And my friend was right.

 

A couple of days passed, with the book still fresh in my mind. My art editor friend dropped me an email asking for my help on retouching a photograph for a possible cover image. We usually work on a Heavy Metal magazine together, so I said ‘cool! sure thing’ and opened the attachment to take a look.

 

I was stunned. An image of Kurt Cobain was on my screen. Holy shit!

 

The original image was shot by Charles Peterson for Sub Pop Records when Nirvana came to the UK in 1989 to promote the album ‘Bleach’. You can barely see Kurt’s face, but you know it’s him. I got to work on the quite low quality scanned-in film print. This was the first time I would work on an image of someone that is no longer with us. Someone that I wished I could have taken a photograph of; and while that image was not my own, it was the closest I would ever get to that moment. Surreal and exciting! Literally a dream come true, and my art editor had no idea.

 

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Louder than War is a new indie magazine. This is only the 2nd issue with a poignant world exclusive lost interview. Kurt talks of his hopes for Nirvana, on their very first trip to the UK.

Grab yourself a copy! I also highly recommend the book ‘Heaver than Heaven’ if you haven’t read it already.

Mx

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LIVE – The Temperance Movement, Seasick Steve & Gregg Allman

Following on from my Rival Sons post, are my other personal highlights from Ramblin’ Man Fair festival.

The eccentric dance moves and enigmatic personality of Phil Campbell from The Temperance Movement, was enough for people to forget about the rain…

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The Temperance Movement at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

The legend that is Seasick Steve, managed to stop the rain for a brief moment on Sunday afternoon

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Seasick Steve at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Followed by an even greater legend that is Gregg Allman. Which was just spectacuar.

Gregg Allman at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Gregg Allman at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

Gregg Allman at Ramblin' Man Fair by Marie Korner

To see some of my other photos, grab the next issue of Classic Rock Magazine!

Mx