Rob Zombie has such a quirky and off-center discography to pull material from. First he has a handful of albums released in the 90’s with his group, White Zombie. They carved a pretty sizable niche in the heavy metal genre, and Zombie’s close relationship with these tunes makes them great fodder for fans.
In the case of his 2014 tour, he brings out the very popular metal classic, “Thunder Kiss ’65.” He also plays the largely forgotten White Zombie tune “More Human than human,” which is a peculiar choice. But this is just another White Zombie song that is rotated out every few tours as he tends to often play one or two White Zombie songs that keep getting traded out.
Zombie is an enthusiast of cover material. He opens the majority of the shows with a double whammy of covers; the one two punch of the “Star-Spangled Banner” (literally) and Grand Funk Railroad’s one hit wonder, “We’re An American Band.” The former is envisioned with that industrial Zombie flair, and it works brilliantly as an opener.
Other covers include the abrasive punk/metal tune “Am I Evil?” from Diamond Head (famously covered by Metallica in the late 90’s) as well as Alice Cooper’s very iconic “School’s Out.” Zombie seems pulled right out of the school of Alice Cooper, so this is a perfectly fitting cover that closes out the main set.
Rob Zombie has also experimented with his own solo output over the years, and this includes some bizarre deviations from the typical Zombie formula. He released a straight guitar album in 2006 called Educated Horses. That is represented by just one popular song on the 2014 setlist- “The Lords of Salem.” He released a polarizing film of the same name in 2012, perhaps leading credence to the song’s 2014 resurrection after being generally absent in all his previous sets.
Rob Zombie’s most popular album, Hillbilly Deluxe, faced a sequel in 2010. A lot of tracks come from these two albums. “Dragula” closes the first encore, while “Living Dead Girl” erupts on stage early in the set. Rob Zombie plays either “Meet the Creeper” or “Superbeast” from this famous metal debut.
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
The Star-Spangled Banner
We’re an American Band
Living Dead Girl
More Human than Human
Scum of the Earth
House of 1000 Corpses
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
Am I Evil?
Thunder Kiss ‘65
What is the stage show like?
Rob Zombie is known for a huge stage show and presence, and 2014 is no different. The tone of this tour is very industrial, so lots of machinery and pumping gears are part of the stage show. The artist’s latest album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, will give you a really good idea of what to expect visually from this latest tour.
How long is a Rob Zombie concert?
Rob Zombie clocks the show in at 90 minutes which is rather compact. But given his proclivity to run around the stage, scream every tune, and generally act as a one man show, it works well.
Who is Rob Zombie’s publicist and press contact?
Rob Zombie works with CLD Public Relations. His media contact is Melanie Hunter and she can be contacted through her official LinkedIn contact page.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Rob Zombie’s tour
Presale tickets are not as easy to find for Rob Zombie concerts as they are with other artists. A handful of shows are handled through the Presale Passwords Info database. The online resource collects information from private and public sources, and offers affordable presale passwords for account holders.
The popular American Express platform is handling a few dates, but not many. You may have some luck here, but keep in mind you need an account for the platform and an American Express card, as well as an account with TicketMaster to make the purchase.
“The crowd was simply electric. Every person in attendance was pumping their fist and screaming along with each word Zombie spoke. When the band moved onto “Demonoid Phenomenon”, Zombie left the stage to stand on the rail while holding the hands of the fans, leaning down to scream along with anyone who was close to him. I personally got to scream “GET IT ON!” from the chorus, which reminded how it felt to be 15 again when heavy metal was more than fast guitars and breakdowns.” – Punk World Views
“Zombie roared out on stage with “Jesus Frankenstein,” and I’ve got to say, the stage set alone was straight out of my teenage dreams. Robots and flaming cauldrons, and confetti, and smoke, and skeletons, all before projected loops of classic horror clips and stag reels. The setlist only had two White Zombie nuggets, “More Human Than Human” and the crowd fave “Thunderkiss ’65,” where guitarist John 5 kicked out the jams at lightning speed before morphing into Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” What a mob, what a crowd, what a scene, what a show.” – Frank Deblase of the Rochester City Newspaper
“If there’s any shock rocker made for today’s attention span deficit generation who want it all and want it right now, it’s the bludgeoning, relentless Rob Zombie. There is little subtlety in Zombie’s music and that was perfectly fine with the screaming hordes of fans who convulsed on the arena floor as one unit, stopping only to hoist the occasional crowd surfer into the air and to the front of the stage.” – Triniman of Blog Critics
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