Statement from 101 WRIF regarding RIFF FEST 2020 (scheduled for Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, in Detroit, MI):
This year has reminded us that the health and safety of our community, friends, family and favorite bands will always be our biggest priority, and that’s why we’ve made the tough decision to cancel Riff Fest scheduled for July 18th at The DTE Energy Music Theatre. This precautionary measure is being taken for the safety of our community, ticket holders, and the entire staff with the venue and artists.
Refunds are available at point of purchase. Due to Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order, the Little Caesars Arena XFINITY and Fox Theatre box offices are closed. For guests who purchased tickets with cash at the box office, refunds will be available when Governor Whitmer lifts the order. Tickets purchased with a credit card at the box office will be automatically refunded.
Four years ago today – April 29, 2016 – Rob Zombie released his sixth solo album: The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. At just over 30 minutes long, this was the shortest Rob Zombie solo album to date, but boy did it still pack a punch with a series of foot-stomping, crazy, wild and just pure fun hits.
Six music videos were created , including Well, Everybody’s Fucking in A UFO, Get Your Boots On, The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore and The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200; selling 40,000 copies in its first week. It also became Zombie’s sixth consecutive top-ten album.
Rob Zombie’s fifth solo album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor was released on this day, 7 years ago: April 23, 2013. The album features hits such as Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown, and a cover of the Grand Funk Railroad song We’re An American Band.
It was also the first album to feature Ginger Fish on drums who joined the band in 2011.
On April 19, 2013, Rob Zombie released a very different kind of horror movie: The Lords of Salem. The movie stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Meg Foster, Patricia Quinn, Judy Geeson and Jeff Daniel Phillips. The psychological horror centered round the character of DJ Heidi Hawthorne (Sheri Moon Zombie), who upon hearing a mysterious record sent to the station she works in, begins to succumb to a strange spell.
The Lords of Salem was the first Rob Zombie movie to feature a score written by his long-time guitarist John 5. Zombie also wrote a full-length novel (with author B.K. Evenson) based on the original shooting script which adds even more layers to the movie’s backstory. The slow-burn shocker was produced by Oren Peli of the Paranormal Activity series.