Rob Zombie is once again visiting COPENHELL, and I remember seeing him live two years ago at this festival and not being particularly impressed with his performance. I am hoping, though, that he will put on a more special show this year, as COPENHELL is celebrating Ten years in Hell.
My body is letting me know that I have been spending too much time in the sun today without sunblock, and also telling me that I am not 20 years old anymore. I therefore decide to sit down on the hill to let my body rest for a while, but still having a complete view over the Helviti stage where ROB ZOMBIE is to perform on this last day of COPENHELL 2019 at 20:45 CET.
To those of you that are familiar with ROB ZOMBIE probably know that he is very much into horror films and the whole horror concept of things, which he also uses for his shows. And today is no exception.
When ROB ZOMBIE and his band enter the stage there are several monitors showing different horror clips and scenes, and I actually feel myself getting a bit distracted as I am not sure where to watch. But I try to focus on the whole entire stage, and therefore I am glad I took a step back to get the whole picture and all the impressions.
Somehow I feel like I am back in 2017, when he last played at the exact same stage, because nothing has really changed. Yes, he has his image, his voice is not bad and neither are the musicians, but I feel like this is a copy of the last time he visited COPENHELL.
I have to admit, though, that when watching the crowd having a party in the huge space I am looking down upon from the hillside, they seem to enjoy themselves a lot more than I do.
I am not very amused or entertained by the whole ROB ZOMBIE circus. Indeed, I call it a circus because somehow he feels outdated and I have trouble taking him seriously. I am actually enjoying watching the crowd more than watching and listening to ROB ZOMBIE, and that is not a good sign.
Alright, the band and the front man have their moments, and ROB ZOMBIE actually has a great sense of humor, trying to pull off a few jokes from the stage and I get a few laughs… But that’s kind of it.
And when he starts playing cover songs instead of his own material I find myself shaking my haid in despair… What’s he doing? He did the same thing two years ago. With such a big reportoire of his own, it feels kind of sad that ZOMBIE gets more response from the audience playing covers like “Enter sandman”, “School’s Out”, “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “Helter Skelter” than when playing his own songs.
Well… I had hoped for a better performance from ROB ZOMBIE than back in 2017, but this feels just like a bad and outdated copy of that same performance. Sorry, but this spot on the Helviti stage this evening could have been given to another, more fresh band.
P.s. As I was losing focus I am unsure if the setlist is 100% accurate.
Living Dead Girl
More Human Than Human
In the Age of the Consecrated Zombie We All Get High
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
Helter Skelter (The Beatles-cover)
Get Your Boots On! (That’s the End of Rock and Roll)
Meet the Creeper
Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a UFO
House of 1000 Corpses
Thunder Kiss ’65
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones-cover)
Enter Sandman (Metallica-cover)/School’s Out (Alice Cooper-cover)
Trailer ”3 From Hell”