The Mad Spectacle Of Rob Zombie’s Knotfest Performance Left Me Breathless REVIEW+PHOTOS: ROB ZOMBIE @ OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST 11/5/17
San Bernardino, CA- If there’s a heavy metal rocker that knows how to throw a party it’s Rob Zombie. A rock and roller whose mind has spawned a series of well-regarded horror flicks, Rob Zombie brings the same kind of eccentric eeriness to his stage performance, packaging his music with wild pyrotechnics and and multi-colored lighting effects instead of drenched in blood.
Accompanied by Piggy D, John 5 and Ginger Fish, Rob Zombie ripped through a set that spanned his entire discography including three cuts from his most recent 2016 album (“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” <— Hell of an album title, huh?), hits like “Living Dead Girl”, “Superbeast” and “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”, and a couple of covers including a pair of White Zombie songs.
The kick-ass music notwithstanding, I was particularly impressed with the sheer spectacle and the larger than life presentation of it all. Considering that most of Rob Zombie’s songs are relatively short in length (generally hovering around the 3 minute and 30 second mark), the audience was taken on a non-stop roller coaster of hit after hit. So fast paced and kinetic was the performance, the audience had little chance to catch their collective breath before Rob and company jumped into another banger, and that made for a truly exhilarating performance.
As huge flames shot up into sky stage from downstage, illuminating the huge boombox and various huge monster heads, Rob excitedly ran from one end of the stage to the other repeatedly energizing a crowd that was already psyched to see him do his thing. He capped the performance off with perhaps his most popular song, “Dragula”, and sent the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest crowd home breathless and completely satisfied
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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