Rob Zombie Korn Live Photo Review

Rob Zombie/Korn Live Photo Review

August 7, 2017

Riverbend Music Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

Photos and Review by ~James Urban

Tonight was an all-star night of Metal at The Riverbend Music Center along the Ohio River near downtown Cincinnati. Three heavy and very visually stimulating bands came to thrill the local fans with their hard and heavy music accompanied by their on stage theatrics. The Return of the Dreads Tour 2016 brought us the monster trio of; In This Moment, Korn and Rob Zombie, and they thrilled any and all who could hear and see them.

First to the stage was In This Moment, from Los Angeles, fronted by the proverbial Metal Barbie herself Maria Brink. Maria and her blood girls put on quite a show with elaborate costumes and props to enhance the incredibly hard and heavy music to make it not only an audio spectacle but a visual one as well. The musicians in this band are very accomplished and passionate about their music and performances. On Guitars we have Chris Howorth and Randy Weitzel, who incorporate their musical stylings and hypnotic notes with their macabre personas portrayed on stage. The rhythm section of bassist Travis Johnson and new drummer Kent Diimmel add the deep, heavy and dark notes to complete the signature sound that is In This Moment.

Korn, one of my personal favorite bands, took the stage next and being able to shoot them for the first time was a major thrill for me. As the band broke into the first few songs “Right Now” and “Here to Stay”, they debuted the newest single “Rotting in Vain” from their upcoming album being released on October 21, 2016. Jonathon Davis dawning his trademark female microphone stand took control of the fans from the first word, growling and mesmerizing all with his heavy throat scat singing which is unique to Korns sound. With the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in 2013 Korn has released two albums, “The Paradigm Shift” and “The Serenity of Suffering” which has helped return the band’s sound to the heavier grungier sound of old. James “Munky” Shaffer and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, being the original founding members of the band, continue their funk driven metal sound that is the basis of the band’s sound that continues to grow and draw fans to Korns unique musical flame.

Rob Zombie, co-headliner of the night’s festivities, is a band that needs no introduction having one of the most visually stunning stage shows on the road today. Tonight found the stage adorned with a large Boom Box a “Satan-o-Sonic” and many large Halloween masks and the nosferatu style microphone stands for each band member. As John 5 struck the strings on his guitar, Piggy D echoed the notes on his bass and Ginger Fish chimed in with the bass drum beat, a larger than life devil/superbeast figure walked onto the stage. Rob Zombie came to his mic stand wearing his white studded fringed leather jacket and matching cowboy hat breaking into the iconic song, “Superbeast” and the onslaught began. A large video screen filled with flame walls, demon ninjas and a bestial figure accompanied the visual telling of the superbeast tale. Working through their large catalog of songs the band has chosen hits new and old to thrill the fans in attendance tonight leaving us with a lasting memory of this great show. Sharing old hits from early White Zombie days like “More Human Than Human” and “Thunder Kiss '65” to mega hits “Superbeast” and “Living Dead Girl” to even still the newest hits “Get High” and “Everybodies Fu**ing in a U.F.O. I have seen and covered Rob Zombie a few times over the years and he has worked a couple covers into his set as a staple killing them as usual, “The Star-Spangled Banner” (John Stafford Smith cover) and “We're an American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover).

All three of these bands are phenomenal and incredibly visual on stage actively interacting with the crowd. They will fill your ears with hard and heavy music and your eyes with stunning costumes, backdrops and stage props. They are all a complete show within their own sets, but together make for an incredible night of music and metal theater. If they come to your area or even a few hours away get your tickets and make the trip you won’t be disappointed.



Right Now
Here to Stay
Rotting in Vain
Somebody Someone
Did My Time
Coming Undone
Y'All Want a Single
Make Me Bad
Shoots and Ladders
Got the Life
Falling Away From Me
Freak on a Leash

Rob Zombie

Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
Wild Thing (Tone‐Lōc cover)
Living Dead Girl
Well, Everybody's Fucking in a U.F.O.
More Human Than Human (White Zombie song)
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore
House of 1000 Corpses
Guitar Solo
Thunder Kiss '65 (White Zombie song)
The Star-Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith cover)
We're an American Band (Grand Funk Railroad cover)

Favorite 'FMR' Moments:

Shooting Korn for the First Time at this historic venue. Hearing Rob Zombie’s “Well, Everybody's Fu**ing in a U.F.O.” Live! \m/ \m/

Korn is:

Jonathan Davis - Vocals
James Shaffer - Guitar
Brian Welch - Guitar
Reginald Arvizu - Bass
Ray Luzier - Drums

Rob Zombie is:

Rob Zombie - Vocals
John 5 - Guitar
Piggy D - Bass
Ginger Fish - Drums

Opening Act(s):
In This Moment

Remaining Dates:

Soaring Eagle Casino
Mt Pleasant, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
West Toronto, ON

Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

First Niagara Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA

Lakeview Amphitheater
Syracuse, NY

Xfinity Center
Boston, MA

PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Xfinity Center
Hartford, CT

BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA

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Twitter @korn

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