Frankenstein vs The Wolfman, Freddy vs Jason, Alien vs Predator. All films that have pitted great horror icons against each other, all with differing effects, but the one thing they have in common is that none of them can match up to the terror that comes with pitting Rob Zombie against Marilyn Manson, on their own both of these titans of terror have accomplished a lot, but put them together and they become unstoppable, its the Antichrist vs the Astrocreep, ladies and gentlemen, place your bets now…
When the Twins of Evil Tour was announced, it was pretty much the ultimate no brainer, I was surprised that it had never happened in some capacity before now, but alas it hadn’t and here we are in 2012 with the masters of shock and awe ready to go to war with each other for the masses.
First up is Marilyn Manson (8 stars) who is currently experiencing a career resurrection of sorts off the back of his latest opus “Born Villain” which was released earlier this year. Much has been made of Manson‘s live performances as well as his recorded output in recent years, but few can deny that when the man is on form, he is pretty much unstoppable. It seems as though someone has reminded him of this little fact, as he attempts to reignite the old magic tonight, his set littered with nods to his entire career (at least in the stage show anyway) although notably no material from ‘Eat me,Drink me’ or ‘The High End of Low’ is showcased tonight, but some would say that’s a good thing.
As the theme to Suspiria has faded out, the man himself appears centre stage and launches himself into a rather convincing version of ‘Hey, Cruel World’ from “Born Villain” it’s a low key, yet rabble rousing start from Manson, but that’s before the real fun has even begun, over the course of the next hour, Marilyn Manson attempts to wind back the clock using a set tailor made for the masses, and it seems to work judging by the attempt of teen goth oestrogen I can smell around me, the noise from these shrieking girls is something akin to what you’d find at a One Direction show, only twice as deadly, still the sight of Manson dressed as the pope during ‘The Love Song’ or in a fur coat with a massive neon DRUGS sign for ‘The Dope Show’ never fails to delight, the songs themselves are all anthems that no one on their right mind would argue with, especially when he rolls out ‘Sweet Dreams’ , ‘Antichrist Superstar’ complete with ‘King Kill 33’ and ending on a triumphantly defiant version of ‘The Beautiful People’. Marilyn Manson may not be the artist we has 10 or 15 years ago, but he still realises to a degree what his fans want and expect from him and it seems at least like he is trying to get himself back there, and tonight proves that he has at least enough of the old magic in him to stage the mother of all comebacks, but still its going to be a long hard road out of hell to get back to the top.
With that, the stage is set for the Rob Zombie (10 stars) show to close out the night, I warn you now, what you are about to read may disturb some and make others uncomfortable, join me, won’t you as we take a trip into the bowels of hell themselves… (OK, maybe not… but sometimes you just got to build suspense). For those of you who have never seen Rob Zombie live then this really is going to be a difficult show to sell you on, but for the faithful who know exactly what I’m talking about then prepare to relive the nightmare all over again.
As with every Rob Zombie show, a giant flaming robot stands centre stage, flanked by skeleton mic stands, huge video screens and more fire, as the intro tape mash up of ‘Sawdust In The Blood/Call Of The Zombie/Sinners Inc’ rings out. It’s almost time for the time of your life, from the tape fade out we get the familiar riff to ‘Jesus Frankenstein’, and just as Rob Zombie chants “ALL HAIL!”, he appears from inside the body of the robot and it is on! For the next hour, you belong to Zombie and his delightful band of freaks, you want songs? Ok, How about ‘Living Dead Girl’, ‘Superbeast’, ‘Scum Of The Earth’, ‘Pussy Liquor’, ‘Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)’, oh wait, you want White Zombie songs as well? How does ‘Thunderkiss 65’ and ‘More Human Than Human’ sound to you?
I know what your thinking, how was the show? Well, it all depends what you want to see? Do you like serial killers, tits, blood, and monster parts? Because if you do, Zombie has you covered? You want to see an entire arena floor full of girls getting up on people’s shoulders and shaking their asses? We have that too, let’s see, there was also at least two robots, a dancing Murray robot, a massive space cruiser thing that Zombie was singing on top of, and and awesome Drum Solo by Ginger Fish that was backlit by scene’s from Rob Zombie‘s Halloween 2.
We have beach balls, enough fire to make Waco look like a kid’s backyard barbecue and even and appearance by Satan himself, all topped off with a finale that saw the UK debut of the Lords Of Salem trailer, and a thunderous Dragula which Zombie sang from atop a massive demonic altar. Basically, the Rob Zombie show is by far and wide the most fun, energetic, yet oddly disorientating show you will ever lay your eyes on, and afterwards the only words you will be left with are ‘That was Fucking Awesome’ because there is no other way to describe it.
If the world does come to an end in 3 weeks time, somebody should give Satan, Rob Zombie‘s number because he will throw him one hell of a kick ass party, that’s for sure.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal.