Rob Zombie returned to the Lehigh Valley for a one off show at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Rob Zombie has been touring with Korn all summer, this package hit the Sands a few years back, but this show was simply a solo headline show that brought 2,000 metal fans together on a Thursday night. Readers may remember the last time we covered a Zombie Party on Sight of Sound but for those who haven’t experienced a Zombie Party yet I am going to do my best to try and do it justice in this review. Taking to the stage past 9:00 Zombie was met to a roar from fans as the venue was quickly color washed in a warm blood red light that would be the recurring theme of the night.
The band started with “Electric Head, Part 1: The Agony” a White Zombie and that song set the mood for the entire night; loud, fast, and heavy. From a photographers stand point there is no one more difficult to capture than Rob Zombie due to the usage of the dramatic colors on stage but to fans I can’t imagine there being any band in terms of lighting production. I’ve seen Kiss, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, etc but none of them managed to do what Rob Zombie does with color LEDS. The mixture of red, green, and blue creates this atmosphere of pure heavy metal that really radiates into the entire venue.
The first half of the set flew by really quick with the band rolling song into song with crowd interaction in between each one, the addition of beach balls to the party following John 5’s Star Spangled Banner just added to the fun. Rob Zombie of course went right into his cover of “We’re an American Band” following the solo, this cover is obliviously becoming a fan favorite because the crowd went nuts and it wasn’t just for the beach balls!
The Zombie Party came to an end as quickly as it started and that was the only short coming of the night. This show could have easily stretched into a 2 or 3 hour event and I don’t think a single person would have minded one bit. Needless to say Rob Zombie brought metal to the stage of the Sands Event Center in a way that no one else has before and for that I thank him. Metal needs more artists like him. Be sure to check out Sight of Sound Magazine’s exclusive gallery from the show below.