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House of Blues; Las Vegas; 03/13/02

Reviewed by Richard Fenkel

The Las Vegas House of Blues played host to Rob Zombie's "Demon Speeding Tour" on Wednesday, March 13. A perfect venue for Rob Zombie to perform for his Zombie faithful. Rob and company performed songs from his latest release, "Sinister Urge." Songs such as "Dead Girl Superstar" "Never Gonna Stop" "Feel So Numb" just to name a few.

In addition to the new material, bandmembers Riggs, Blasko, and Tempesta brought high energy musicianship and intense chemistry that created a frenzy-like atmosphere during "Superbeast." Body surfing and moshing were not kept to a minimum. Fans were having a religious experience that was obvious throughout the entire show. Even an older White Zombie tune, "Thunder Kiss '65," was thrown in for good measure. 

But old and new songs gave fans a heavy and intense show to kick off the year in style. Songs from "Hellbilly Deluxe" and "Astro Creep: 2000" were performed for the FRZ (Fans of Rob Zombie). A segment from a Munsters episode, in which Herman Munster was driving his suped-up car, was used to introduce the hit "Dragula."

The Zombie stage was something out of a 1970s horror movie. A huge devil's face, psychedelic colors, go-go girls dancing on stage, pictures and movies of skeletons and onstage walking monsters. This was a show that P.T. Barnum would have been envious of. 

Rob Zombie gives fans their money's worth. I have never seen a stage with so many live and moving parts. The artwork is going to set a precedent for future metal shows. Rob is one creative guy. Pyrotechnics galore and scenes from Rob's upcoming movie "House of 1000 Corpses" (finally due to be released later this year) added to the total macabre of this theatrical event. 

Needless to say, the music stood on its own. The songs were in your face and loud. Even if there had been no stage props, the fans would still be throwing their fists the air and singing the words aloud. 

Rob Zombie continues to prove that he is in touch with his fans and constantly creating songs that have them coming back for more. Rob is a leader in theatrics, but his real talent lies in creating music that is high energy and fun to listen to. 

Catch Rob Zombie in concert! A true event for hard rock fans!

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