What happens when you combine one of the leading lights of shock rock / metal with a rabid sold out Brixton Academy? You get Rob Zombie‘s first London live show in sixteen years. Unfortunately for all of us Mr Zombie was a little late in taking the stage, and the hoards got a little restless.
Fortunately, within seconds of John 5 and bassist Piggy D taking the stage in their ghoulish get up, everyone forgot about the last start, and when the robot opened to reveal Rob Zombie himself, the place went understandibly batshit. Kicking things off with a booming rendition of Jesus Frankenstein, we were soon into old favourites territory. Superbeast was first up and that sounded amazing, indeed the sound quality for Rob and his band was absolutely perfect, in total contrast to Skindred’s somewhat muddy sound earlier in the evening. “It’s been a long, long, long time. I don’t know what took so long really, it’s all John 5’s fault, he had to get over his fear of flying” was Rob Z’s initial hello to the crowd.
The huge singalong from Superbeast did not stop with Superbeast as Scum Of The Earth kept the pace flowing nicely. Next up it was one for the ladies. “Have we got any Zombie girls in the house?” I think we all knew that Living Dead Girl was up next and it duly was. Our first foray into White Zombie territory was next with the somewhat expected More Human Than Human. Virtually the whole downstairs of Brixton Academy was bouncing by this point and it was just an awesome experience to take in and sing along with.
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