Clatto Reviews: Rob Zombie Live at Great American Nightmare!


Rob Zombie’s inaugural haunt and concert event, The Great American Nightmare, came to a record-breaking close last week with two Halloween shows headlined by Rob Zombie. Held at the Pomona Fairplex in Los Angeles, the concerts featured a mix of Zombie’s greatest hits, new jams, and covers.

I, along with my cousin Adi Muertos, joined the scum of the earth for the Nov. 1 show. The auditorium was pack in tight with all kinds of devil’s rejects and living dead girls. The lights went out and all that could be seen was a flicker of rainbow lights coming from guitarist John 5’s mouthpiece.

Bassist Piggy D crept on stage as drummer Ginger Fish got to work on the skins. “Meet the Creeper” opened the show. Rob Zombie rushed the mic, belting out what would be the first song of an awesome two-hour set. Mosh pits erupted as the one-two, cranium-rattling punch of ‘I, Zombie” and “Super-Charger Heaven” followed.


As Zombie danced and spun across the stage like a Manson Family hippie at a bonfire, jumbotron screens flashed a montage of titillating grind-house movie clips, Hentai images, and eye-popping retro-erotica starring busty and topless babes of yore.

Zombie thanked the audience for making The Great American Nightmare a success, and apologized for the lack of pyrotechnics on stage, noting that fire marshals had put the kibosh on the effects after receiving complaints from a concerned, elderly attendee (dammit, Mom!).

Up until then, I had not noticed the absence of fire. The show was explosive as is. The band was tight and fun to watch, and Zombie once again the consummate frontman. Songs performed included the booty-shaking anthem “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” “Superbeast,” “Dragula,” a hypnotic “Lords of Salem,” the grin-inducing “Pussy Liquor, new anthem “Dead City Radio,” “Thunder Kiss 65,” and covers of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band,” and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.”

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