Rob Zombie headlines the first LoudWire Live Festival in Flint, Michigan bringing fans a show to remember.

The rain may have been threatening all day, but it didn’t stop a capacity crowd from showing up at the E.A. Cummings Centre near Flint, Michigan, for the introduction of the LoudWire Live Festival. Rob Zombie headlined the event, and there was a sense of macabre in the air, as festival goers were treated with haunted houses, zombies, crazy clowns, and creepy characters galore, as they walked around the grounds. Thankfully, the rain never quite managed to get itself together, which was a blessing on what turned out to be a perfect afternoon and evening of music.

Opening the show, was local Michigan band, Citizen Zero. Hitting the stage running, to an already growing crowd, they pulled off a great set to get things started.

Canadian rockers Art Of Dying put the crowd to the test with a hard hitting set of favorites, as well as some new songs. After taking a fairly lengthy break to record some new music, Art of Dying (Jonny Hetherington, Cale Gontier, Tavis Stanley, and Jeff Brown on vocals, bass, guitar, and drums) are recharged and ready to get back to business.

A busy summer and fall filled with most of the major festivals, as well as a tour in support with Apocalyptica, will help to introduce fans new and old to what they have to offer. A five-song EP, Rise Up, is available now and a new full-length album is coming later in the summer. If straight up, fun-time rock n’ roll is your thing, check them out when you get a chance.

Devour Day took over the stage next. Currently, touring with In This Moment and The Butcher Babies, they have a new single released, “Faith,” which is a preview from an upcoming album.

Another Canadian juggernaut, Theory Of A Deadman, prepared the crowd for headliner, Rob Zombie. The crowd was bursting at the seams, and were obviously no stranger to Theory of A Deadman’s set list. This is surely no surprise, as they’ve had several hit singles and albums that have garnered attention over the course of their career. “Bitch Came Back,” “Santa Monica,” and “Bad Girlfriend,” had large portions of the crowd singing along, dancing, and waving their arms back and forth to the music.

Closing out the show, and hitting the stage just as the sun set, Rob Zombie delivered a spectacular set to everyone lucky enough to be in attendance. After a career which has spanned the better part of three decades, Rob Zombie can deliver the goods like no other, as he runs, jumps, and stalks the crowd back and forth across the stage.

Joining him on stage were long time band mates John 5, PiggyD, and Ginger Fish, and it was actually a treat to see their stage clothes and make up in full effect, as the light was still bright enough to see clearly, a huge difference to an indoor or later set that would be dominated by lights and smoke effects. Taking the crowd through a pounding set that included White Zombie anthems like “Thunder Kiss ’65,” and “More Human Than Human,” as well as his massive solo hits like “Living Dead Girl,” “Dragula” and “Superbeast,” Rob Zombie made it clear why he is one of the reigning kings of the shock rock genre.

He even made time to involve the crowd, getting up close and personal with several fans and even posing for selfies with them while never missing a beat. I dare say, the promoters of this new event can pat themselves on the back, knowing that they pulled off a fantastic event. We, at National Rock Review, can’t wait to see what they bring us next year.

National Rock Review’s photographer, Mark Skinner, was on hand to document the event.

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