The concert stage is where Zombie still connects the best, and his current band is as fierce as it’s ever been.
It isn’t Halloween yet, but Rob Zombie’s bringing his white-trash and Day-Glo creepshow aesthetic to the masses anyway, summer be damned. Promoting his excellent new LP, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Calibration Dispenser, he’s also been busy readying his latest directorial effort, the survivor horror film 31, which is due to spook theaters on Sept. 16.
Though fans have wildly varying opinions on his blood-drenched filmography, the concert stage is where he still connects the best, and his current band is as fierce as it’s ever been. In particular, guitarist John 5 continues to elevate new and old material in the Zombie repertoire, and his virtuoso performances are a sight to behold in a live setting.
Expect to hear White Zombie classics “More Human than Human” and “Thunder Kiss ’65,” alongside solo hits such as “Dragula” and new tracks like “Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.,”—which I don’t think is autobiographical, but would not be surprised in the least if it was. Though the music is fun in and of itself, you can bet that mad scientist Zombie has conjured up a delightfully weird and gruesome stage show to entertain the eyes as well as the ears.
Co-headlining what is officially dubbed “The Return of the Dreads Tour” are nu-metal vets Korn, who are getting ready to unleash their 12th studio record The Serenity of Suffering on Roadrunner Records. With guitarist Brian “Head” Welch back in the fold, the band has a newfound enthusiasm, and the rhythm section of bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu and drummer Ray Luzier remain one of the tightest in the business. The set list will most likely be pulling from their groundbreaking ’94 debut, all the way to their latest single “Rotting in Vain.”
Opening the show will be Los Angeles metal heads In This Moment, led by dynamo vocalist Maria Brink and cofounder/guitarist Chris Howorth. While In This Moment’s recorded work has a professionally produced sheen, their live show tends to skewr more to the raw side of their stormy, melodic style.
My advice? Get to the show early and stay until the end, for a right and proper pummeling. It’s the metal thing to do. | Jim Ousley
Rob Zombie and Korn will rock the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis on Tuesday, August 9. Tickets are available at the Amphitheatre Box Office, from www.ticketmaster.com, or via Rob Zombie’s and Korn’s websites. Full tour dates are below.
07.29 | Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
07.30 | Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
08.02 | Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin
08.03 | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
08.04 | Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
08.06 | Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
08.07.16 | Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati
08.09.16 | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis
08.10 | Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
08.21 | DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
08.23 | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto
08.24 | Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
08.25 | First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
08.27 | Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
08.28 | Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
08.30 | PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
09.01 | Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
09.02 | BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
09.03 | Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA