Report: Rob Zombie live @Tivoli Vreedenburg

Rob Zombie @ Tivoli Vredenburg.

Tonight I am heading for the first time to Tivoli Vredenburg to see Rob Zombie perform in the Ronda.  I heard some good things about that venue. So I  look forward to experience this new venue!

When entering the venue I see a lot of staircases and balcony’s and I notice immediately that it won’t matter where you stand, the sight on stage will always be perfect. The ceiling is very high so let’s hope the sound will be as great as the venue looks on first sight!

Enough about the venue already! We are here for one of the biggest metal acts out there at moment. But before Zombie hits the stage, we first have to enjoy two other acts!

IMG_1277 copyFirst to hit the stage is Hounds.  To be honest , this performance did not quite work for me. The band was very enthusiastic but the music just did not made a great impact on me. The audience who are already there seemed to enjoy them.  With a bit of a false start they boys seemed to refind themselves and makes the best of it!  Not the best opener I have seen in a while.  But good enough to got warmed up for act number two!

Soulfly- Tivoli Vredenburg - Netherlands 2014Surprise surprise, Rob Zombie got a big act as opener with them. Whereas Soulfly in the past headlined festivals like Graspop, they are now here tonight degraded as opener.  I wonder why though. Max perhaps lost some of his charisma over the years. But Soulfy  is still a band with a great past and some great songs! Tonight Max shows they are in the wrong place on the wrong spot!. Where they bad? HELL NO ! From the first note Max and his boys gets the venue in movement! Everything Soulfly let fly from the speakers lightens a spark in the venue! I am not very fond of Soulfly but tonight they really impressed me since a long time. Max seemed to redeem some energy, he always had back in the days. Why in the wrong place on the wrong spot, you ask?  Well if you get the crowd as wild as Soulfly got them, you deserve a headliner show!

Rob Zombie - Tivoli VredenBurg - 2014Of course  I am not here tonight to put some feathers in Max’s ass, I am here to witness Rob Zombie perform.  Well what to say about Zombie. You get what you expect from this passionate rocker. What I love about Zombie is that, though it’s all very theatrical at first, it still remains a rockshow! The songs are played with so much fun and power, that the audience get a well spend  night out!  Piggy D and John 5 steal the show with their charismatic playing and their connection with the audience. It’s nice they don’t keep their distance but really connect! After a couple of songs Zombie himself can be found amongst the audience! As eye candy we get a decent lightshow and lots of props on stage. I love the details they put in their costumes.  Rob Zombie is a Mr. Perfect if you look how everything looks and feels!

Like the other tours, the big balloons are brought ought on stage again. As well the audience as the band really love playing with those balls! The night gets filled with songs from Zombies solo material. But there are some decent covers mixed in between also! Of course songs from White Zombie are not left out either! After a good one and half hour the band ends with “We’re an American band“!

Rob Zombie - Tivoli Vredenburg - NetherlandsTonight Rob Zombie showed he is one of the better bands out there at the moment He brought us a great night filled with great tunes and some nice eye candy! Hope Rob and his band will be back soon in the Netherlands. One thing for sure it will not be a show I will miss!

Setlist:

  1. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
  2. Superbeast
  3. Living Dead Girl
  4. Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
  5. Drum Solo
  6. More Human Than Human (White Zombie song)
  7. Sick Bubble-Gum
  8. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
  9. House of 1000 Corpses
  10. Meet the Creeper
  11. Am I Evil?  (Diamond Head cover)
  12. Thunder Kiss ’65
  13. (White Zombie song)
  14. Guitar Solo
  15. School’s Out  (Alice Cooper cover) (followed by “Thunder Kiss ’65” reprise)
  16. Encore:
  17. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
  18. Dragula
  19. Encore 2:
  20. We’re an American Band

 Text and Photography  by Ronald van de Baan

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