John 5 talk to us about life on the road with Rob Zombie. Photos from the Zombie show at the Rose Music Center in Dayton
Rob Zombie and crew brought controlled havoc to the Rose Music Center, July 12.
Taking cue from legends like KISS, and then expanding upon upon that tenfold, a Zombie show is an escape from reality. From legendary monsters like Godzilla to topless dancers, Herman Munster and snippets of the Manson family flash across jumbo screens spread around the stage. Mesmerizing lights and a giant metallic “creeper” lurks across the stage. Inflatable aliens race from stage to back row.
The band members all play their own part. The vampiric Piggy D, the devilish Ginger Fish, John 5 in his pseudo-kabuki makeup and the monster man himself, Rob Zombie each become a show. To keep up becomes a sensory overload.
Everything from White Zombie standards like “Thunder Kiss ’65” to the otherworldly “Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A UFO” were played while Zombie danced from side to side, becoming something of a human tornado. John 5 has taken what Ace Frehley, one of his guitar heroes, started in the 1970’s. Where Frehley had a smoking Les Paul, John 5 expanded it to his Telecaster. John 5’s guitar arsenal included a lava lamp guitar, an LED guitar, a light up guitar emblazoned with an image of Lon Chaney’s Wolfman, an outstanding Buck Owens tribute and the recently unveiled red laser Telecaster. All of this adds to the mystifying wizardry of his playing.
Towards the end of the show, Rob took over guitar. John 5 went to the drums and Ginger came front of stage to say hello to those up front. As always, Zombie never disappoints live and this band has the best on stage chemistry I’ve ever seen. If you ever want to escape the mundane, go to a Zombie show. Let yourself get lost in the bizarrely beautiful fantasy world they provide.
John 5 talks to Selective Memory