It is surprising that no previous Rob Zombie concert footage has been released before now considering the energy, the visual stimuli and charisma invested within each show the guys present.
Thankfully this oversight has been addressed and available now for our viewing pleasure lurks a show filmed with several cameras from a location in Dallas, Texas. It states on the back cover of the DVD, "Live on stage feature length screen thriller! Prepare for breasts, flickering screens, varied colour lighting and some infectious songs, and not necessarily in that order."
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We catch the band, consisting of Piggy D, Ginger Fish, John Five and Mr Zombie, heading toward the stage from their dressing rooms, dressed to impress with their usual eye for attire. The soundtrack for their approach is the 'Theme For The Rat Vendor' which already heralds their intent to promote their latest studio album 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor'. The lighting is calculating revealing bit by bit the band's presence as they plough through 'Teenage Nosferatu Pussy'.
With certain releases as soon as they're announced, you know what to expect. This DVD is just such an example as the songs are delivered with the usual 'Zombie aplomb and the backdrop of screens depict all manner of horror hints and teases. The cameras are located within the crowd and around the stage mixing up fast cuts of band members posing in action, and various shots of the audience losing their minds to the music. To increase the macabre carnival vibe, there is various stage props utilised like the Devil Man character during the White Zombie classic 'Super-Charger Heaven'.
Between 'Ging Gang Gong...' and 'Meet The Creeper' we're entertained by the obligatory yet short and sweet drum solo by Ginger Fish and the acoustic-based section before 'Mars Needs Women' feels refreshing and works very well. Coming across like a Horror-infused cross between a Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction show and a Mötley Crüe extravaganza, we learn that some females dwelling within Texas are proud to show off their appendages. The focus on this element of the show as you'd expect takes place during 'Living Dead Girl' but sporadically during the rest of the gig such exhibitions can be witnessed.
The sound is great, the lighting is effective and aspects like the wheeled robot machinery that Rob Zombie stands dominantly on during 'Meet The Creeper' is certainly eye-catching. John Five plays his guitar round the back of his head and in many other ways too whilst Rob Zombie gyrates, thrusts and head-bangs like the showman he is. The patriotic moment wrapped around their cover of 'We're An American Band' injects a li'l Americana to the proceedings whilst the inclusion of falling bubbles during 'More human Than Human' reminds me of that moment in 'The Osbournes'. You know the bit I mean, where Ozzy and Sharon are talking about a performance.
"Bubbles?! C'mon Sharon, I'm fuckin' Ozzy Osbourne – The Prince of fuckin' Darkness! Evil? Evil, what's so fuckin' evil about a load of fuckin'bubbles man?!"
The appearance of many large inflated balloons/balls bouncing around the audience adds something during 'Sick Bubblegum' which along with 'Mars Needs Women' provide representatives for the often overlooked 'Hellbilly Deluxe II' album. The album which spawned that sequel gets a good look in throughout the set-list with 'Dragula', 'Superbeast', 'Meet The Creeper' and the aforementioned 'Living Dead Girl'.
None of Rob Zombie's albums are relieved from the furious presentation of audio debauchery and unashamed flair of the dark and dramatic. Even 'Educated Horses' is showcased through the track 'Lords Of Salem'. Interesting choice when you consider how groovy 'Foxy, Foxy' is for a potential candidate.
This live show is what you hope for and what you expect. Nothing is spared as the audience dance, punch the air, wave and scream aloud responding to each and every demand the 'Zombie one makes. Ultimately the goal is to entertain, put on a show that visually pleases and thrills while the soundtrack is delivered with consummate professionalism.
There's no denying that this objective was met, and that those who were attending such a spectacle went away feeling satisfied. The news that Rob Zombie is already busy on the next studio album is the proverbial icing on the cake. This workaholic rat vendor is just getting started.
Theme For The Rat Vendor
Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
Living Dead Girl
We're An American Band
More Human Than Human
Never Gonna Stop
Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
Meet The Creeper
Angry Red Planet
Mars Needs Women
House Of 1000 Corpses
Lords Of Salem
Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
Thunder Kiss '65