NOTHING BUT THE HITS
THE TWINS OF EVIL TOUR: THE SECOND COMING
PNC HOLMDEL, NJ 7/24/18
A live report by Gerswin Reynolds
Last night, New Jersey was celebrating two artists that defined a generation, their hits, and their wild personalities. “They said it couldn’t happen again,” is a great tag for a concert shirt, and also the truth.
Rob Zombie‘s and Marilyn Manson‘s The Twins of Evil Tour kicked off in Detroit, MI earlier this July. Fans and concert goers were unsure what to expect, since the last time the 90’s rock legends toured the country, there was bad blood. Both Zombie and Manson reported that the conflict blown out of proportion by the media, and that it was squashed before the news even broke. Still, concert attendee’s looked on with much skepticism until the curtains finally lifted.
This show was nothing but hits: With the exception of a few tracks off Antichrist Superstar, Manson crammed his set with singles that have had considerable radio play throughout his stunning career. This is not too surprising, as Manson has stated that he likes to play songs that define him as an artist, and that he is comfortable now more than ever to be playing to an audience who may not necessarily know his work. “Angel with the Scabbed Wings,” and “Say10,” were stand out live tracks.
It should be noted that Twiggy’s absence was surely felt. Marilyn Manson stands alone as the sole founding member of his band.
Rob Zombie’s set was a mixture of big singles and deep cuts. Hellbilly Deluxe classics “Dragula, Meet the Creeper“, and “Living Dead Girl“, rocked audiences with unparalleled energy. Newer tracks from Zombie’s 2016 record, Electric Warlock… matched the intensity quite well, and proved that they belonged in the band’s canon. The passion in Rob’s performance and desire for audience participation is as ferocious as it was 20 years ago. He hasn’t seemed to age.
One major difference between Zombie and Manson is that Marilyn Manson‘s set was rather stripped back, as he has become less theatrical overtime. He had numerous backdrop and costume changes that did little to add to the show. The focus here it seems, is his personality. And while he has become more and more eccentric, and dare we say a caricature of himself, he is much happier on stage than ever. Zombie‘s live show was a spectacle. Giant screens displayed videos and lyrics that synced up with the live show. The videos featured Sheri Moon Zombie, snippets of his music videos, and even anime boobs. Not only was Rob feverishly dancing across on stage, John 5 showcased several guitars (including a lava lamp guitar) and soloed for nearly 5 minute straight as Rob rushed the audience. If this wasn’t enough, at one point there was a giant Satan marching across the stage. Overall, what Rob Zombie is doing is creating a show for all, not just rock fans.
Fears of the Twins of Evil Tour: The Second Coming were eased very quickly, when the two stars appeared on a cover of the Beatles classic, “Helter Skelter.” Furthermore, merchandise sold at the venue seemed to mock the feud by portraying old boxing match posters with the tag, “Rob Zombie VS Marilyn Manson.” All-in-all, the show was a great success and we look forward to more from these two great artists.
Marilyn Manson Set:
1. Irresponsible Hate Anthem
2. Angel with the Scabbed Wings
3. Disposable Teens
4. This is the New Shit
7. The Dope Show
8. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
10. Antichrist Superstar
11. The Beautiful People
12. Cry Little Sister
Rob Zombie Set:
1. Meet the Creeper
3. Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.
4. Living Dead Girl
5. In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
6. Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
7. More Human Than Human
8. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
9. The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore
10. House of 1000 Corpses
11. Thunder Kiss ’65
12. Helter Skelter (with Marilyn Manson)
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