Artist Direct Review: There’s no experience on earth like a Rob Zombie show

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to appear at Desert Uprising
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On the other end of the spectrum yet equally powerful and memorable, Rob Zombie killed with kinetic energy as the “Twins of Evil” tour pairing him and Marilyn Manson also kicked off as part of Desert Uprising.There’s no experience on earth like a Rob Zombie show. If you haven’t seen him, you haven’t lived, and that’s a fact. Let that marinate…

It’s as immersive and unforgettable as your favorite film—maybe even more explosive. After a King Kong curtain dropped, John 5’s eerie guitar on “Jesus Frankenstein” rattled open the gates of Hell as Zombie emerged from a giant robot. His voice roared with the same enigmatic psychedelic grit that made Astro-Creep: 2000 and HellbillyDeluxe classics, and he stalked the stage like one of The Devil’s Rejects unleashed.

Pentagrams flashed on the screens during an incendiary “Superbeast”, while “Scum of the Earth” hit like a precision smart bomb guided by John 5’s impeccable riffing and Piggy D’s deadly bass rumble. Whether he was dodging massive demonic robots or calling for “a motherfucking Zombie party”, the frontman exuded the kind of rock ‘n’ roll swagger only rock gods boast.

“Meet the Creeper”, complete with haunting video of the Manson family, worked like a full contact sport as the ringmaster of this circus of the damned ran circles around the monsters on stage–and most frontmen half his age. Celebrating Ginger Fish’s birthday, the drummer ripped through a pummeling solo.

It’s still an incredible, invigorating feeling to see the man rage through “More Human than Human” with the Astro-Creep: 2000-era robots along for the ride. “Living Dead Girl” and “Pussy Liquor” added a slick element of sex too often gone from modern rock. You need the sex mixed with the violence, young bands, take note. You might sell some records.

“Thunderkiss ’65” revved up everyone’s engine late into the night. Zombie trumps everyone as far as stage show goes, and the current Twins of Evil is a tour for the ages.

As for the other “twin”, Marilyn Manson remained as deadly, dangerous, and defiant as ever. That’s the most magnificent thing about seeing him too. He’s also full of surprises, and he puts on a show you HAVE to see before you die.

After a curtain dropped to reveal a gothic graveyard-style set, Manson stood with his back to the audience. With a serial killer mask and nun habit, Twiggy Ramirez riffed through the searing opening of “Hey, Cruel World”. As Manson screamed the refrain, he gave the crowd a shot of adrenaline that matched his Antichrist Superstar best, but with a refined darkness. It’s like evolving from Jason Voorhees into Hannibal Lecter, and his transformation always remains brilliant. “Disposable Teens” and “The Love Song” ravaged with infectious intensity as he sang in front of a line of crosses resembling the spoils of a 300-size victory.

His butcher knife microphone was a nice touch for the new blaster “No Reflection”, from this year’s incredible Born Villian. Make no mistake about it; he’s still the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll villain. As he strummed a guitar on the masterfully evil “Slo-Mo-Tion”, that was chillingly clear. As with Zombie, Manson gave the girls something to move to as well on “The Dope Show” and “mobscene”, which writhed in lustful and glorious rock decadence.

Meanwhile, Twiggy channeled George Harrison and Muddy Waters on the warbl-y, wild blues soloing from “Happiness is a Warm Gun”. Ripping a B.C. Rich, he’s Manson’s creative partner-in-crime and the perfect foil. Together, they’re a sinister songwriting tour de force and the fan favorites as well as Born Villain burn that status into minds and hearts.

“Sweet Dreams” and “Tourniquet” etched into psyches with the sharpest of claws, while “Antichrist Superstar” spit insourmountable vitriol as Manson occupied an apocalyptic moving podium. He took everyone back to the depraved and pillaged Hollywood hills on “The Beautiful People”, which gave one final blood-soaked battle cry. Marilyn Manson’s the bad guy the world desperately needs even today.

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