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Rob Zombie Live In San Diego

By Boz, Contributor
Thursday, March 21, 2002 @ 8:07 PM


Rob Zombie, Sinisstar and The

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Bad Crowd + Short Set = Disappointing Show

12 SONGS! That's it, a measly 12 songs! I don't believe I have ever left a concert feeling this ripped off.

I arrived at Cox Arena last Friday very excited to see Rob Zombie. You see, Static-X/ Soulfly decided to not make San Diego a stop on their tour and Ozzy Osbourne and Machine Head both cancelled their San Diego dates for their respective tours, making Zombie a highly anticipated show for many metal-lovin' San Diegans.

I arrived late and unfortunately missed Sinisstar. Although from talking to people who had showed up early, they put on a fairly decent show.

I am not myself, a fan of The Damned. And from the reaction of the crowd, neither were many other people at the show. Their goofy-punk style did not go over very well with this crowd.

Finally the lights went down and "Sin, Sin, Sin, You're All Sinners!" was played over the loudspeakers. To my dismay the crowd did not seem very excited. Furthermore, only about 3/4 of the arena was full by the time Rob took the stage with "Demon Speeding."

And that is where this whole show went downhill. It was apparent that Rob and company (Blasko, Riggs and Tempesta) were very disappointed by the turnout for their show, and even more so by the lack of enthusiasm of the crowd that did show up. Rob seemed more interested in going backstage to finish watching the Anthrax: Behind the Music than put on a half-way decent show.

The stage set was pretty cool. There was a giant demon drum-riser at center stage with small stages next to Mr. Tempesta where Rob's Living Dead Girls could shake their things. Pyros were abound throughout the show and giant monsters and robots roamed the stage for various parts of the show.

There were points where Mr. Zombie did get the crowd pumped. “Super-Charger Heaven,” “Thunderkiss '65” and “Dragula” seemed to get the crowd moving fairly well.

But the low-points definitely outweighed the highs. As I mentioned, Rob just seemed uninterested in even trying to get the lackluster audience excited. His in-between song commentary was unintelligible at most points, and therefore never really got the crowd fired up. In the middle of the show, Rob played portions of his movie and eventually kicked into the song "House of 1000 Corpses" and unfortunately the already bored crowd became even more weary during this slow-moving song.

But the real downer for this show was that Rob only played 12 songs and was on stage for only about an hour! When I saw White Zombie perform on the Astro-Creep tour (when they only had 2 albums), they played for almost 2 hours. I understand Rob hated the crowd at our show, but is that any reason to deprive the audience members who were trying to be into the show? We paid a good $30 and only got 1 song from La Sexorcisto, 3 songs from Astro-Creep, and 8 songs from the Rob Zombie albums combined!

I'm very curious to hear how the show went in Los Angeles the next night and throughout the rest of the tour. In my book, I am very disappointed with Rob Zombie and the way he dissed the fans who were at Cox for a good show. We, his fans, who buy his CD's and merchandise, should always be more important than any TV show regardless of how a majority of the crowd is acting.



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