Rob Zombie Concert Review


Rob Zombie embarked on the Super Monster Sex Action tour and stopped in Indianapolis at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn of the scenic White River State Park. The park naturally inclines so there is not a bad vantage point on the lawn. The weather was looking very stormy but it only sprinkled for a small moment. Fans of all ages, from babies to eighty-year-olds, came out to see Rob Zombie and his show. The feeling was one of camaraderie of very diverse fans.

No actual opening band was listed on the show bill but a DJ came out in a priest outfit and a mask and spun some old tunes from Van Halen, Primus, and Nine Inch Nails. He was dancing around and holding his head but not really going along with the music. The fans tried to get into it but it just was not interesting enough to hold the attention of the crowd. In the end, he was revealed as the drummer, Ginger Fish. In today’s rock culture where radio and record label support a very small amount of new rock and metal, it would have been nice to see a great opener who could use the exposure.

The backdrop for the show were large banners of monsters from classic horror movies, Wolfman, Werewolf of London, Frankenstein, The Phantom of The Opera, and King Kong. Three Nosferatu microphone stands were placed on the stage. The show was less of a theatrical production than past shows by Rob Zombie. The show highlighted the music. The playlist included “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy”, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”, “Living Dead Girl”, “Pussy Liquor” and “Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)”. He and his band showed they could still rock and focused on the music.

Guitarist, John 5, has been a musician as long as Rob Zombie. He is best known as guitarist for Marilyn Manson and David Lee Roth. He also has several successful guitar albums. Piggy D, bassist, is very successful as well and has co-wrote songs for Alice Cooper, John 5, and Rob Zombie. He also has a successful solo career. The drummer, Ginger Fish, is best known as a drummer for Marilyn Manson. His career spans twenty years. He is also a performing club DJ.

During the show, Rob Zombie, implored the crowd to put down their cell phones for one song. He asked them to rock out without being engaged with a device. The crowd complied and it was refreshing for the fans to be attentively listening and enjoying the music. Rob commented that in Japan, the shows there do not have a single smart phone. (The use of smart phones in Japan are banned by the venues as no photos or videos are allowed.)

The weather was fine for the evening until almost the end of the show. Then some menacing lightning from pretty far away made an appearance. The wind blew down the King Kong banner that was entire height of the stage. Luckily no one was injured by the heavy backdrop. Then Rob advised his staff to leave the banner down when they attempted to put it up.

The band was able to perform it’s full set and for an encore, they performed “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad) and “Lords of Salem”