hmv.com reviews... Rob Zombie @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our day continues with legendary goth rocker Rob Zombie and his horror-filled, hit-packed set...
Rob Zombie. Once frontman in White Zombie, solo for over 15 years now, just coming to the end of the tour for his fifth solo album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, on the Main Stage, just before headliners Avenged Sevenfold.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The biggest crowd of the day so far, with lots of blooded up punters on show (fake blood we must add, there are loads of people dressed as zombies walking round this year), it fitted with the set very well.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was the mixture you'd expect. A few cuts from the new record, including opener 'Teenage Nosferatu Pussy' and 'Dead City Radio and the New Gods Of Supertown' as well as a few cult classics like 'Superbeast' and 'House Of 1000 Corpses'. They did also find time for a drum and guitar solo, which was odd, given they only had an hour, but hey-ho, least we got to hear 'Dragula'.
Any good between song banter?
Some new comic touches, Zombie adopted his usual grumpy persona and insisted the crowd chant louder and louder, he got his wish too.
Did they put on much of a show?
Not as much as they usually do. Normally a Rob Zombie set is accompanied by pyro galore, but this was more stripped back. This time the band played in front of huge effigies of classic horror movie villains, like King Kong and Frankenstein, but didn't bring any fire. He was backed by his usual cast of characters, including former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Dragula', it had to be, it was, it chugged and chugged and built and built before unleashing its stomping industrial rock chorus.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a summer full of European festivals, then a long US tour, nothing more in the UK for the time being.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.