How Rob Zombie Ruined Concerts For Me

Sometime between 2006 and 2007, I attended a Rob Zombie concert in Kansas City, Kansas.  It was a smaller venue, with a dirt ring around the stage, the name is long gone.  It was part of the Educated Horses Tour, but that’s as close as I can get to remember to a date.

As we waited outside, the sky overhead was overcast.  It wasn’t raining as we stood in line.  We weren’t in the pit (the “we” here is my best friend and I and it is rather unusual for us not to be in the pit…so perhaps there wasn’t one), we actually had seats.  The line moved and they let us in before the rain came.

There was an opening band, but I don’t remember them.  At the time, I liked Rob Zombie’s music.  I wasn’t a “dedicated fan.”  I didn’t have huge posters of Zombie and I just can’t get into his movies.  I had enjoyed Hellbilly Deluxe, but there were fewer songs on Educated Horses that I liked.  However, I had seen him before and he put on a good show.  He is electric on stage.  His energy is contagious.  The slide shows are odd and occasionally, disturbing (I like disturbing).  And it’s a given that he’s going to have go-go dancers somewhere, tastefully dressed go-go dancers at that.  His shows are almost “child-friendly” depending on your degree of what counts as “child-friendly.”  I would have taken my nephews to see him live (and think I did in St. Louis once).

Anyway, he takes the stage, plays his set, comes back on for the encore and the show ends… but it doesn’t actually end.  After going back stage for a few minutes, Rob Zombie reappeared and he had an announcement to make.  The storm had gotten bad during the show, the tornado sirens were currently blaring outside the venue and we couldn’t leave as a result.  So, since we couldn’t leave and he couldn’t leave, the show would go on.  In this second performance, he didn’t play any of his own music, he played covers of other bands; Led Zepplin, Johnny Cash, Nine Inch Nails and George Strait were the ones I remembered.

I went to a couple of concerts after that, but I kept wondering, if they were in the same position as Zombie, would they come back out and play for an extra hour just because the fans were stuck there?  Sadly, I always figured the answer was “no.”  I hadn’t expected Zombie to do it (the man has energy… concerts are exhausting), but he did and that struck a chord with me.  Since then, I’ve become a Rob Zombie fan.  It’s the little things that leave the biggest impressions.


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