Sunday nights may currently be void of the undead with AMC’s The Walking Dead on break, but Fargo North Dakota was lacking no zombie thrills. Rob Zombie brought his ghoulish crew to the Fargo Civic Center stage with Canadian natives Monster Truck as support.
Rob Zombie is an icon who has yet to go out of style. While we currently live in a time when “rock is dead” and many of the greats are being phased out for mainstream radio one-hitters, Zombie has remained faithful to his 90’s electro-infused, horror rock and roll style and it’s done him well. He continues to draw the crowds, whether through the nostalgia or the promise of an unforgettable performance, either being a worthy reason to catch a show next time he rolls through your town.
Opening the night was Monster Truck, and though hailing from about as north as you can get in Hamilton, Ontario, they carry a southern rock vibe throughout their music. A perfect kick start, they were highly spirited, setting the stage for just how intense the evening was going to get. Delivering a performance full of hip swaying, head bopping grooves they gave anyone who had yet to hear of them an initiative to check them out.
As 9 o’clock rolled around people were practically bouncing with anticipation, for the most part all knowing what they were in for. The crowd was filled with a variety of fans young and old. From the hard core concert goers all decked out in Rob Zombie get up and monster makeup to the casual hippies and the ‘ready to rock’ metal heads, it was a melting pot waiting to get all stirred up. When the lights dimmed the crowd went berserk. The flashy stage assembles lit up and the screaming was deafening as Ginger Fish, John 5, Piggy D and Rob Zombie made their entrance.
There is no shortage of theatrics; take away the music and it is still an entertaining show visually. From front to back, side to side, there is no part of the stage that there isn’t something worth watching. With a massive screen playing through music video clips and snippets from Zombie’s movies to match each song, horror themed costume clad musicians, wardrobe changes and seizure inducing lights the entire show is like dropping acid in the Haunted Mansion. It’s one big rager of nonstop jumping, cheering, headbanging and moshing. Though it was humid and people were packed in as close to the stage as they could get, the sweat wasn’t dripping because everyone was hot. A party is what you went for and a party you received. After the years upon years of touring Rob Zombie has definitely mastered the formula for satisfying the attendees and puts on one damn good performance.
The setlist consisted of his best such as “Suberbeast”, “More Human Than Human”, “Living Dead Girl”, “Thunder Kiss ’65” and “House of 1000 Corpses”, mixed in with a few new tracks from his latest release The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, “In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We all Get High” and “Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O”. They closed up the show with their cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” and had a double encore with the first round being his major hit “Dragula” and the second being another new number “Get Your Boots On! That’s the End of Rock and Roll”.
FULL Rob Zombie photo coverage here.
FULL Monster Truck photo coverage here.