Live Review: Rob Zombie and Murderdolls — The Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
Fri, 01 Oct 2010 10:23:50
There's absolutely nothing like seeing Rob Zombie live, especially nowadays.
For The Halloween Hootenanny with Alice Cooper, Zombie has constructed the biggest, most bombastic and brilliant show of his legendary career. There are a few reasons why seeing Zombie in 2010 is the ultimate 21st century concert experience. The first is because nobody has as much energy as Zombie does on stage. The second is this band lineup. Legendary drummer Joey Jordison [Slipknot, Murderdolls] fuels Zombie classics with a pronounced, propulsive power, cycling from a danceable groove into precise pummeling seamlessly. At the Gibson, Jordison summoned John Bonham via Dave Lombardo, and his drumming elevated these songs to divinely deadly heights. Then there's all of the stage chaos. No one does chaos like Zombie.
That chaos commenced with a copped and screwed track of Zombie's famous intros, "Call of the Zombie" and "Sinners Inc." A curtain dropped and bassist Piggy D. and shredder extraordinaire John 5 stood on each side of a giant robot center stage. The MC of madness himself emerged from the heart of this cyber beast and instantly ignited "Jesus Frankenstein," from his latest masterpiece Hellbilly Deluxe 2 [Roadrunner Records]. Zombie stood centrally moving with a lithe evil as he raised a giant claw to the sky. His voice resounded to the venue with a godly gusto as a dead girl on stilts walked behind him. Jordison bolted down the song's groove as John 5 tore through a Zeppelin-esque acoustic passage during the unforgettable refrain.
"Superbeast" followed as Zombie ran across the stage screaming the chorus as the crowd roared. Fire rose from the riser as pentagrams lit up all over the screen behind him. Satan's never been this catchy, and Zombie brought the fist-pumping anthem to life. A thrashy "Scum of the Earth" allowed John 5 to fire off some flashy fretwork, while Piggy D's grooves buttressed up the shredding fittingly.
Like any classic entertainer, Zombie does everything with a sharp wit. After bashing brains with "Scum of the Earth," he smiled at the crowd exclaiming, "Sitting on the bus earlier today, I saw little bit of the Jonas Brothers 3D concert—not judging just saying I saw it!"
He went on to explain how loud those female Jo Bros fans are, and then he asked something of the ladies in the audience. Zombie smirked, "You're dark, you're spooky but you just don't give it up like the fucking Jonas chicks! We need a love song—this is a touching thing about high school love lost and found."
"Living Dead Girl" is about as touching as it gets. The funny thing is, the song has the kind of sexy slick style that could reverberate in any club. That's all part of Zombie's genius. He puts on a show for the ages for everyone. During "More Human than Human," Zombie got right up in the crowd's face as a vintage giant rob shimmed and shook behind him. The White Zombie classic was meaner and more massive than ever before propelled by Jordison.
The "Motherfuckin' Zombie party" rocked even harder on "Pussy Liquor," which Zombie prefaced saying, "All I can say is, 'Ladies, hold on to your pussy, let's do it.'" Zombie dug deep back into House of 1,000 Corpses, tearing through the stomping bounce of the song sharply. Big robot demons flanked Zombie during a raucous "Demon Speeding," as Jordison led the charge.
Jordison shined vibrantly and violently during a hyper-charged drum solo. With giant eyes on the screen behind him, he quickly cut from a succinct military beat into double bass ferocity. There's never been a drummer this versatile, and he only gets better with each and every show.
John 5's solo spot during "Thunder Kiss '65" was utterly hypnotic as the band segued into a cover of Alice Cooper's "School's out." Everything culminated with "Werewolf Women of the SS" from Hellbilly Deluxe 2 illuminating that Zombie's more undeadly awesome than ever—along with "Sick Bubblegum" and "Mars Needs Women" as well.
' "Dragula" brought it all home, and Zombie and Co. bowed triumphantly. Of course, that wasn't all the Halloween Hootenanny had to offer. Murderdolls—which saw Jordison on guitar—decimated the packed venue early on in the evening. The band was made to play big stages like this and their special guest slot proved the perfect way to kick off the evening. Wednesday 13 matches Zombie in terms of charisma, but he brandishes his own brutal sense of humor that makes Murderdolls rock's purest pissed-off messiahs. Plus, Jordison is just as badass on guitar. Be sure to join them in their destruction of all morals on latest album Women and Children Last, ASAP.
Now all audiences can do is wait for Zombie to come back and flip rock 'n' roll upside down again.
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