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Zombie crowd live for moment.

Byline: Simon Rushworth

Rob Zombie at Newcastle 02 Academy LONG viewed as nothing more than a latter day Alice Cooper, shock rocker turned horror movie director Rob Zombie returned to the UK after a 12-year absence with a point to prove.

That he proved it without the support of his full production - the Academy was too cramped to squeeze in every last stack and special effect - was all the more remarkable.

Zombie had every right to have a moan about the venue's limitations. Zombie's not interested in making friends or being nice. The living dead is his obsession and his public image is carefully honed to induce fear and loathing.

Mixing the theatrical nous of the Coop, Maiden, and Slipknot to create a landscape of evil, violence, exploitation and horror, this was everything a metal show should be.

Some of the songs might be laughable on a basic level but so what? - this was all about living (or not, as the case may be) for the moment.

A whirlwind of energy, passion and perfect delivery, the man is the ultimate performer. Yet bringing Joey Jordison along for the ride, elevating the Slipknot stixman on a platform above the stage, added an extra layer to an engaging show. The tub thumper was in imperious form. So what of the songs? Conceived in Zombie's horror-obsessed mind, Sick Bubblegum, Mars Needs Women and Werewolf Women Of The SS, were culled from the comeback album Hellbilly Deluxe II.

This was a night when inhibitions were lost, fantasies realised and the serious side of rock, for 90 minutes at least, long forgotten. Whether lapping up Living Dead Girl or dancing to Dragula, the Zombie army was in raptures. Start counting down to Download!

Simon Rushworth
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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