Stop the presses, Rob Zombie's London show was the best I've seen in ages, is it Ronon's Reviews best of the year? Only time will tell!
In preparation for this gig I’ve been listening to the entire discography from White Zombie to his more recent albums for the past week at the boring old day job. So when the 17th of October had finally arrived and after a few cheeky beers around the corner we were ready for the London leg of the 3 Days of Hell Tour. I’ve been a fan of Zombie since his debut album Hellbilly Deluxe in 1998 and I’ve always wanted to see him live and hear all the old classics rather than the newest singles. So I was presently surprised when the first on the playlist was ‘Dead City Radio’ before breaking out the ever awesome ‘Superbeast’. Performance wise they were on point, Ginger Fish was brilliant out back, Piggy D was energetic, running all over the stage and really getting the crowd going, John 5 was simply amazeballs and his guitar solo was great, but the obvious star was Rob himself, belting out tune after tune flawlessly, dancing his ass off, it really showed that he still is an awesome performer and directing hasn’t taken it all away from him. The song choices were perfect also, a great mix from all albums including his White Zombie days, though I would have liked a couple of from Educated Horses and I wish I could have heard ‘Blood, Milk And Sky’ but you can’t complain with a heavy influx of Hellbilly Deluxe.
All in all, it was an amazing night from the personification of horror that is Rob Zombie, even the venue, which sold out in minutes I heard, was a great choice as it had the best acoustics and a decent size so no matter where you were you always had a great view. The set list was almost a wet dream for a Zombie fan, but with a back catalogue the size of his you can’t do everything. For me it was a perfect night, I’d finally seen one of the musical acts I had grown up listening to and it was awesomesauce! There are bands that you really enjoy but once you’ve seen them live you don’t really bother to see them again, not in this case, this show blew me away and I loved every second of it. The next time Mr Rob Zombie is in London I will be back there more than ready to rock out again.
Written by Dan Harlond