We were thrilled to catch Rob Zombie at a smaller venue and The Civic Theater in New Orleans was perfect, from the high, wide stage, to perfect sound, to the frosty Tall Boy in our free hands. Until recently the Civic had boomy acoustics and we hadn’t been back since this problem was addressed. And, it’s fixed, providing New Orleans with a top notch mid-sized theater that’s not afraid of metal and other dangerous, subversive music. Ahem. Bring it on.
But back to Zombie. We last caught him at Mayhem Festival in Atlanta and expected no less a great show in NOLA. And we shed no tears for what might have been–it was awesome. Decades in, and backed by a band with roots in Marilyn Manson and other high profile acts (John 5 on guitars, Ginger Fish on drums, Piggy D on bass guitar), Rob Zombie is still producing great material, while graciously caving in when fans inevitably want another round of Thunder Kiss ’65. Thankfully, New Orleans architecture being what it is, the Civic didn’t come apart when he played that song toward the end of the show, which also included about five encores. And while Rob Zombie is certainly not old (granted, something everyone says when referring to someone younger than they are), the list of 50 and olders that can kick higher than their head isn’t a long one, to be sure. Probably prudent not to sneak up on him, at least for the next twenty years or so.
Click through an image to visit the gallery or just sit back and zone with the slideshow, below. Just don’t lose track of time and miss Marilyn Manson at Champion’s Square!