Rob Zombie – LC Pavilion, Columbus Ohio – 11/25/2009

Per my previous post, I almost didn’t make this show but decided the day before to go for it.  I’m glad I did as Zombie put on yet another visually stunning, ass-kicking concert experience.  What with his success in the movies and rumors that Ozzy is trying to woo John 5 into replacing Zak Wylde, one wonders just how many opportunities there will be to see this band again?  I’m thinkin’ not many.

So there were two opening acts but since the show was sold-out and security was uber-tight, the wife and I waited it out at the A&R Music Bar next door.  Thus, didn’t see Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures but was told I didn’t miss anything.  Still, in all fairness I can’t say if I agree or not.

The first act we did catch were the Nekromantix out of Cali.  They play pretty standard Psychobilly/Punk but I still enjoyed them enough to buy a CD.  Added bonus is the lovely Lux on drums – wow, that girl can play!

Then came Zombie & Co. kicking it oldschool and taking no prisoners.  They sounded great, and played mostly old hits with only a few new songs sprinkled in to catch your interest.  Didn’t feel like the entire show was a sales pitch for the new CD, which is always good.

From a visual perspective, the band had a huge Jumbotron screen behind them and two smaller versions on either side.  While this is becoming more and more common with tours (probably easier to set-up/take down),  I do still prefer the old White  Zombie sets with tons of props, mannequins and the like.  Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of shooting flames, explosions, dancing robots (I can never remember that thing’s name) and the like – just a noticeable step down from days of yore.

That being said, aside from ticket & t-shirt prices ($35 for a shirt!), I can’t really complain about this show.  Zombie and his band played their hearts out & still act like they enjoy working together – which in the end is what you came to see, right?  Catch this tour if you can ’cause like I said, this may be your last chance to do so.

Zombie’s set list;

  • Channel X
  • Superbeast
  • Supercharger Heaven
  • Living Dead Girl
  • Demon Speeding
  • More Human Than Human
  • Sick Bubblegum
  • House of 1,000 Corpses/Drum Solo
  • Never Gonna Stop
  • Scum of the Earth
  • What?
  • American Witch
  • Thunderkiss ’65/guitar solo
  • Demonoid Phenomenon
  • Lords of Salem (one of my personal fav’s)
  • Dragula
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