It’s hard to believe an artist whose been around as long as Rob Zombie has is just now releasing his first live concert film. When asked why it took so long, Zombie admitted he didn’t liked being filmed and found the cameras annoying. He eventually grew fond of the concept, but made sure it was unlike any other live concert you’ve ever seen. Taking the director’s chair once again, Zombie manages to make the show look like a b-horror movie. With stunning visuals, a solid setlist, and great video effects, the release manages to keep your attention all the way through.
Unlike other rock musicians out there, Rob Zombie isn’t afraid of being a showman. He doesn’t stand behind the microphone the entire time, letting the audience wash him with praise. Instead, he constantly moves around the stage and isn’t afraid to dance if the mood strikes him. During songs like “More Human than Human” and “Sick Bubblegum” he thrashes, wiggles, stomps across the stage commanding the audience’s attention at all times. Seeing his enthusiasm and energy for the songs gets people watching at home out of their seats and dancing.
There are no lack of visuals and pyrotechnics at this show. Every minute there’s something different to catch your eye. Whether it’s clips of the film Nosferatu playing during “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” or a giant devil strutting on stage during “Devil Man,” Rob Zombie clearly knows how to keep the adrenaline going. One of the most shocking moments comes during “Meet the Creeper.” After an impressive drum solo from Ginger Fish (formerly of Marilyn Manson), a robotic, industrial truck rolls out carrying Zombie on its back. It looks like the Iron Giant welded together to make a truck. It’s the coolest and most unexpected moment during the show. No matter what track is playing, there are always eye catching videos and effects to go along with it.
What makes this concert film unique is the way it’s shot. The problem with films like these is after a while it gets dull, especially if it’s focusing on the same shots. Zombie fixes this by not lingering on one moment for longer than five seconds. Every moment flashes by, giving the viewer just enough time to get the awesomeness of what’s going on. If this wasn’t done as well as Zombie does it, the effect would be annoying, but he does it in a way that keeps you interested the entire time. Some songs have effects layered over the shots giving it more of a ’70s film feel. One example is during “Devil Man,” which uses the kaleidoscope, mirror image. The singer manages to mix his favorite topics of sex, horror, rock, and psychedelia to give fans a complete experience.
The setlist is a good mix of material from his latest album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and fan favorites from his earlier LPs. “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga” finds the audience singing with Zombie, while he goes back to his days in White Zombie with the popular “Thunder Kiss ’65.” “House of 1000 Corpses” gets the winter treatment with fake snow falling from the sky, covering the entire stage. Zombie comes out looking like a demented Uncle Sam during “We’re An American Band” and “Living Dead Girl” makes the arena explode. With an energetic and electric live band that includes John 5 and Piggy D, Rob Zombie proves he knows how to party on the road.
Overall, the release gets 8.5/10. This isn’t your standard concert film. Everything here is pleasing to the eye. There are stunning visuals and memorable stage moments made to keep you entertained. With one or two exceptions, the setlist is solid and Zombie’s energy runs high. The film is also the right length, long enough to get the feel of a Rob Zombie concert, but not too long where you want it to end. Even though this is his first concert filmed, it feels like he’s a pro at it. Hopefully, he has more planned for the future.