It has been 12 long years since he visited the UK, in which time his love of horror and hard rock has seen him become a Hollywood film producer, but tonight Zombie madness has struck and the O2 Academy in Leeds is packed full of eager fans ready for the show of their lives.
Musician, film maker, comic book creator and all round artist of grotesque beauty, Rob Zombie may not been across these shores in over a decade, but he is certainly ready to bring his brand of heavy metal horror crashing down on us all.
As you can probably picture, a majestically evil stage, dripping with B movie splendour, pyrotechnics and practically rock royalty as a backing band, Joey Jordison on drums, Piggy D on bass and John 5 on guitar, you cannot get much better than that.
There is no way you can say this man holds back on showmanship, there is no such thing as compromise in his books. He is clearly aiming for a cinematic experience and what you get is just that and more, perfection. No hint of rock cliché, instead you have outrageous visuals and a band that is incredibly musically tight.
New material played from his most recent album ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2’ went down a storm, especially single ‘Sick Bubblegum’ where giant pink beach balls were launched into the crowd. ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ was preceded with the trailer for the movie and followed with the band emerging in military gear and drumming soldiers wearing gas masks. Not really what you would expect from a normal gig, but this is it, Rob Zombie is not just any normal ‘rock star’. This show has everything, confetti, flames and even bubbles!
Older fans were not disappointed either as the band played some White Zombie classics like ‘Thunderkiss 65’ and ‘Super Charger Heaven’.
The crowd were treated to a drum solo from Jordison which aside from a dodgy drum pedal was compelling. Also a solo from John 5, as the stage was lit with pentagrams and the guitarist showed us exactly why he is one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, and the perfect choice to complete this ‘super band’.
Major highlights of the set were ‘Living Dead Girl and ‘Pussy Liquor’ which Zombie dedicated to all the ladies in the crowd. But nothing could beat the climax that was ‘Dragula’. Perhaps his most recognised song, the crowd went nuts and the foursome stormed the stage in Union Jack robes to show their appreciation of the British crowds.
After the show, I could not hear one person declare that this was not in their top 5 gigs ever, as it was truly an experience.
I would advise anyone heading to Download festival this year to check Mr Zombie out for yourselves, and rumour has it he is preparing something bigger, better and crazier than before, just how that can be achieved, we will have to wait and see. You would be a fool to miss it. The thought of waiting another 12 years is ridiculous, we need our fix!