AUGUST 4th 2019

Review by: Metal Mom
Photos: Char Tupper

A warm, summer's night at Rogers Arena, let me just say, if you were not here, you sure missed out on one of the greatest tours to hit Vancouver this year. This is the third time Zombie and Manson have hit the road together. The tour started July 9 in Maryland and ends on Aug 18th in New Hampshire. A touryou don’t want to wait on, hurry up and go!  I knew from when it was announced this was not a show to be missed.

MARILYN MANSON, now this is a name that has been around for years, I use to always listen to him in the early years, loved his work. When you go to see Manson, you expect to see a show like he has always been known for, quirky, with some visual entertainment as well as his music. It was great to see him and listen to some of those classic songs. The sound was great, and the crowd went crazy, so much so that I stepped off the floor and enjoyed from a distance. I found that it seemed he had lost a bit of his enthusiasm, even the charisma that made him who he is, but I have to say, the crowd took over in singing a lot of the times, and they were enjoying it. Some of the performance was what I come to expect, you know the look he brings to the forefront. The one song though that had everyone going berserk was “The Beautiful People”, I mean come on, that is one you will never get tired of, that being said, it was a good set, but felt like some of the classic Manson I knew years ago, wasn’t quite here onstage tonight, which is too bad for that aspect, but overall great show.

Now, time for the spook show, ROB ZOMBIE; to tell you the truth, this is who I came for, there is no mistaking the talent of this band, the perfection in performing, and just having the crowd at your fingertips. I have attended countless Rob Zombie shows, and never once been disappointed. Some great songs played, to which I sang along, and so did most of the crowd tonight. There is a lot to take in when you see these guys, they are not just “t-shirts and jeans” kind of band, there are outfits, Rob Zombie for one, has tassels on his arms, and legs, so it makes for visual appeal, especially when he is jumping and running all over the place, makes for great photos too. John 5 always has cool outfits, and even cooler guitars, including an illuminated Fender guitar that completely lights up with LED lights, that alone is wicked, but the fact that he is a phenomenal guitarist too, you know it will be a great night. Piggy D, well he has a few different masks, which some might instill nightmares with a simple glance, he has an influence of a “vampire” theme which he conveys extremely well.  Ginger Fish, he works that drum kit with utter speed and precision, while making it look effortless and appears to be having a great time behind the kit as well, all in all, these 4 guys on stage give you a night to remember. Let’s not forget the creatures too, yes, he has some giant creatures that walk behind them while they play, including the killer robot featured in “Dragula” music video, they even added a giant alien like creature for when they performed “Well Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.”, once again, fitting into the ambience of Zombie. There are the big screens behind that always have something playing on them, coinciding with the songs Zombie sings. The lighting itself was something special, always changing, making the look even more visually entertaining.

Some of the songs played were: Dead City Radio, Superbeast, Living Dead Girl, More Human Than Human, Get Your Boots On, Never Gonna Stop, Everybody’s Fucking in a UFO, to name a few, there was even going to be a special song together with Manson, but he decided not to show up for it, so Zombie did it himself, and to tell you the truth, I am glad he did, it was Helter Skelter by The Beatles, and it was amazing.

Please, whatever you do, DON’T MISS THIS. Here are the remaining tour dates to catch them at:

Aug. 09 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
Aug. 10 - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center
Aug. 11 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County Coliseum
Aug. 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Aug. 14 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
Aug. 16 - Ottawa, ON - Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre
Aug. 17 - Quebec, QC - Videotron Centre
Aug. 18 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion