Last year, I was lucky enough to grab some tickets for an Ozzfest offdate at The tiny Chance Theater in upstate NY, for Rob Zombie. It was an amazing night. In the top three for the year. This year, my best friend and assistant photographer, Donna, acted just as quickly when we heard the news of Rob playing two nights at the Nokia and once again were in the door. Both nights sold out and we scored some tickets on the 28th, which was the day the new cd hit the stores. F**kin' A!! The cd is awesome and oooohhhhh so would be the show. Add to the fact, Lacuna Coil and saaaahhhweeet Christina would be there as well. The night before, I was listening to the whole cd on AOL listening party and my adrenalin was pumping already. I began reading what everyone was saying in the Zombie forum about earlier shows and I got a peek at the setlist. I wanted to get a good night's sleep since it would be an amazing journey into The City. I didn't get any.
I had to do a bit of rushing around like a madman, because it was a Tuesday night and I had to fly out of work and get my son, of course, and Donna. However, we weren't crying over missing Bullet For My Valentine, and we arrived halfway in to their set, so we only had to endure half the pain. Good timing all around. Bring on sweet Christina!! I had seen Lacuna Coil twice before, the last time being at 9:30 in the morning at Ozzfest a couple years ago. I love Christina. Who doesn't? She is the most beautiful woman in Metal. I was right under her mic and ....yeah...f**king beautiful!! I'm not a huge fan of the band overall, but...well..Christina. They seemed a bit slow tonight. I'm not sure what it was, but they seemed a bit slow. They did some new stuff and it's heavy, but I don't
know...even "Swamped", my favorite song, seemed slow. Christina sounded good and was absolutely gorgeous.....so it was worth it. If they didn't have her....well. They ended with "Heavens a Lie" and that was pretty good. It was time for Rob and the crowd was abuzz with "Zom-bie, Zom-bie" chants. I knew he was opening with the new "American Witch" and then "Demon Speeding", so I was abuzz with anticipation and a nights worth of pumped up adrenalin, waiting with Donna.....Front and center.
The lights went out and the intro of the new cd "Sawdust in Blood" began. Holy shiiiaaaattt!!!! Here we go. There was a big movie screen behind the drummer and an old film started of a witch being burned at the stake. It was awesome. The crowd was going insane. They kicked into "American Witch" and under blacklights the guys appeared wearing cowboy hats and glow in the dark skull masks and they rocked the sold out Nokia like no other. It was amazing. Rob is a Metal God! They shed their hats, coats and masks and flew in to "Demon Speeding" and Rob flew around the stage, running and jumping as was the whole Nokia crowd. It was mad tight up front and the sweat began to pour. One for the ladies, of course, "Living Dead Girl" followed. They slammed "Creature Of The Wheel" and "More Human Than Human" brought out a huge ten foot Robot to stomp about the stage. F**king amazing. They removed the roof with "Never Gonna Stop" and blew out the walls with the new one, "Let It All Bleed Out". I was dripping sweat, jumpin', stompin' and snapping pics. Being New York, it wasn't quite a surfin' safari, but the pit was swirling good and my son swirling and stomping too! Me and Donna were pinned up front, just an arms length away of the stage. "House Of 1000 Corpses" was next and amazing. Then Rob told a story of meeting some people at last years Ozzfest who had made up dances for all his songs and had run into them again, so he brought them out to do their dance to his new single, "Foxy, Foxy". It was a choreographed dance by a trio called Bodycon, and even though Rob was bustin' around about it and they didn't get the warmest reception, I thought it was friggin' awesome!! It was like a Brittany Spears type choreographed dance and they didn't miss a beat, as well as adding in some good tricks and stunts. I loved them. With that aside, Rob said John 5 had something for us and he kicked in to "Thunderkiss 65". Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaawk yeah!!!! In the middle of the song, John 5 did a solo which consisted of "The Star Spangled Banner" played with his teeth a la Jimmy!!! It was unbelievable!!! Then he drove into "Heartbreaker" by Zep before going back to finish off "Thunderkiss". Then they left the stage. The crowd and the "Zom-Bie" chants rocked Times Square and they came back out to slaughter us with "Superbeast" and "Supercharger Heaven". A 2100 capacity slaughter!! They walked off again. The House brought them back!!! A second thunderous encore with "Dragula" and "Blood Milk Sky". Simply amazing. In my book, Rob has now reached legendary, Godly status.
No doubt, the best of 2006, so far and if this gets topped then shiiiiiaaaatttt!! Been an amazing year so far and it ain't even summer yet!!! Not only is this tops for 2006, but when all is said and done, which may be never, this one will be up there with the best of all time. Rob is a Metal f**king God!!!