Rob Zombie - O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sun 20 Feb, 2011
Shock rocker Rob Zombie slays Glasgow with support from Skindred
Roll up, roll up. The Rob Zombie circus sideshow is in town. It’s been over a decade since the ‘Superbeast’ defiled the UK and all the ragged deadites are howling in anticipation. But before the master of ceremonies graces us with his presence, Skindred prove themselves the perfect party starters. Their mix of ragga and metal powered by heavy drum & bass beats is the perfect reflection of multi-cultural Britain, with good-natured rabble rouser Benji Webbe inciting a bouncing mosh pit. If the world was fair and just, they’d be selling out the O2 Academy in their own right.
As the lights go down and the flames are lit, let the show commence, as it’s time for the main attraction: a ghoulish shock rock freakshow that jolts into life with ‘Jesus Frankenstein’ - an irresistible hard and heavy glam stomp. Zombie brandishes an electro-organic mechanised claw, and lurid images from various movie incarnations of Frankenstein are blasted onto multiple screens. The show powers into overdrive with ‘Superbeast’, then really hits its stride with the triple bill of ‘More Human Than Human’ (their first White Zombie track of the night), ‘Living Dead Girl’ and ‘Sick Bubble-Gum’. It’s Zombie’s ability to orchestrate controlled chaos that mixes slick showmanship with lurid horror that takes his live show to the next level.
Backed by John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass, Slipknot’s Joey Jordison on drums (surely one of the greatest drummers in modern metal) and an assortment of monsters, robots and pyro all crammed onto the O2 Academy’s stage (‘Could we get a smaller stage? Fuck!’ as Zombie jokes), the audience are pelted with bubbles and beach balls as the screens flash manga, gore, go-go dancers and demons, while Zombie throws himself into the crowd and runs across the bar during ‘Thunder Kiss '65’. He’s the consummate showman - part PT Barnum, part Alice Cooper, part undead preacher - with a show as blackly comic as titles like ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ would have you expect. Revelling in its absurdities, this is gloriously over the top theatre of the macabre. Pure demonic entertainment from start to finish.
‘Scum of the Earth’
‘More Human Than Human’ (White Zombie)
‘Living Dead Girl’
‘Mars Needs Women’
‘Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)’
‘Thunder Kiss '65’ (White Zombie)
‘Werewolf Women of the SS’
‘Super-Charger Heaven’ (White Zombie)