What better way to close out the concert season at one of the most often top ranked music venues in the country than with a chilly October night featuring two of the most chilling and thematic acts touring this year.
Veteran shock rocker Marilyn Manson paired up with horror aficionado Rob Zombie to bring a stunning, emphatic close to the concert season at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday, October 12th. The crisp air, bone-numbing wind and blasts of dead leaves cascading across the lawn did little to stifle the enthusiasm of the sold-out crowd that showed up for one last headbanging hurrah at the hallowed grounds the locals still call “Pine Knob”.
Opening the festivities for the evening was DJ Starscream aka Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Electrifying the early crowd with his technical techno-prowess, he scratched and slid his way across his kaleidoscopic dashboard of turntables, mixers, and electronic devices, unleashing a blitzkrieg wall of digital and analog sounds upon the pavilion setting the tone for the acts to follow.
Starting a bit later than expected, Marilyn Manson took the stage under a barrage of lights and fog, with a stage set reminiscent of a scene out of a New Orleans graveyard setting. Sulking across the stage with his ever present sneer, he led his band snarling through his battery of songs, blending a solid mix of old and new. Manson’s stage show is always full of props and tricks, the interludes from song to song often at times broken up with brief stage acts to accent the next song. Manson hasn’t lost his luster or ability to attract a crowd, given the number of followers that were evident to be there in support of him.
But the big guns came last, with terror master Rob Zombie storming forth for his set from a giant mechanical creature, harking back to the days when metal bands put on a true kick ass stage show. The stage adorned with multiple video screens playing clips of horror movies, anime, and gratuitous naked heaving breasts, the band launched into a full-on assault on the senses. Fire, flames, smoke, twenty-foot tall robots, fireworks, bouncing beach balls, confetti, you name it, they pulled it out of their ass. Easily one of the best-produced stage shows I’ve witnessed this year, I’d even go as far to say that Rob Zombie and crew blew away my favorite stage act, the veterans Iron Maiden.
Rob Zombie knows how to put a show together, and witnessing this set was almost as good as being on the set of a live horror picture filming. It was an engaging and phenomenal production, one that I am glad to have been party to witness. Get your asses out to this tour and see it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!