Its not often you get the chance to witness such legends as Rob Zombie but the show last Thursday, February 17th at the Manchester Apollo meant I had seen him and his band in concert twice in 13 months, albeit the last time was at the Loud Park festival in Tokyo, which is no mean feat for someone who hasn't toured the UK for over 12 years.
True to being an old school metaller, I didn't get to see the first support band, Revoker because of still being in a pub preparing myself for a night of zombie filled excitement. Also it meant there was no need to stand in the usual mile long queue that snakes its way around the side of the Apollo building. I decided to take my new camera with me in the hope of taking some photos but almost never got past the security until my wife's charms won the day. After the mandatory T shirt was bought, I made my way into the main auditorium. Having bought tickets almost the second they first went on sale I was able to acquire standing tickets, which in my opinion are always the best.
Not long after finding a decent vantage point, Skindred, the second support band came on, a ragga, metal, punk band I have seen a couple of times before, a really great party type band who can really get the crowd going
As the time was approaching 9.30, the allotted time for Rob Zombie to take the stage, the roadcrew worked feverishly to get everything right for the start. Accompanying this was, for a rock concert, the unusual tones of the legendary country singer Johnny Cash. All around me turned into one huge hoe-down.
but then that familiar buzz of the PA and amplifiers being switched on and turned up to a more "pleasing" volume, the stage filled with a muticoloured mist as the dry ice swirled around lit up by the stage lighting. Then the first notes of Jesus Frankenstein echoed around the auditorium and all around me the crowd was going ecstatic.
The hits kept coming Superbeast, Scum of the Earth, Living Dead Girl and More Human than Human. I was by then in a musically induced trance and the excellent drum solo by the legendary Joey Jordison gave me and many around me a much needed rest before the intensity resumed. The culmination of the night was Zombie atop a raised skeletal platform, with ticker-tape billowing into the crowd as the sound of Dragula bellowed out of the speakers
Rob Zombie is a true showman and this performance during the recent UK tour proved this. Please come back to our shores again but sooner than last time.
You can view my amaterish photos of the concert here at Rob Zombie