jakub | September 25, 2023

Rob Zombie’s Freaks on Parade Tour Hits the Toyota Pavilion in Concord, California on September 22, 2023


 

 

On September 24, 2023, I blocked off my schedule at my day job and headed out the door of the studio. The destination, The Toyota Pavilion at Concord in Concord California. The show de jour was The Freaks on Parade tour with Filter, Ministry, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie. The show was set to start at 6:00pm and the weather was a perfect 70 degrees F which was great as the Pavilion is mostly outdoors. 

Filter was up first. The last time I saw them was at Sick New World this past May and they were good. This night they were even better this time around. The sound and stage presence really set the pace for what was to come. Their short six song set started with three songs off their recently released album The Algorithm. These three songs all sound great and were well recieved by the crowd. They finished up with their hit “Hey Man, Nice Shot”. 

 

Filter members are:

Richard Patrick – lead vocals, guitars, bass, programming, keyboards

Jonathan Radtke – Guitars, backing vocals

Bobby Miller – Bass, backing vocals

Elias Mallin – Drums

 

 

Set List

1). The Drowning

2). For the Beaten

3). Obliteration

4). Take A Picture

5). Welcome to the Fold

6). Hey Man, Nice Shot

 

When Ministry hit the stage, The crowd went crazy, as they were definitely fan favorites. Opening with “Thieves”, their set was filled with Ministry’s classic songs from their back catalog. This was welcomed with exuberance and excitement. Al Jougensen, now sans facial jewelry, owned the stage and sounded fantastic. The entire set, the pit never stopped which set the pace for the rest of the night. The only new song this set was the last one, “Goddamn White Trash”, coming off their upcoming album Hopiumforthemasses. This set was the Ministry at their best.

 

Ministry members are:

Al Jougensen – Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming, harmonica, bandolin, production

John Bechdel – Keyboards

Monte Pittman – Guitars, backing vocals

Cesar Soto – Guitars, backing vocals

Roy Mayorga – Drums

Paul D’Amour – Bass

 

 

Set List

1). Thieves

2). The Missing

3). Deity

4). Stigmata

5). Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)

6). Burning Inside

7). N.W.O.

8). Just One Fix

9). Goddamn White Trash

 

Alice Cooper came out on stage by slicing through an extra large newspaper article with a sword. Alice stepped through the slice, and the crowd exploded in cheers. Breaking into “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, he stuck the sword into the stage and swapped it out for a cane. This band works like a well oiled machine and despite Alice’s age, he kept up with people half his age and looked good doing it. During “Feed My Frankenstein” the band was joined on stage by a giant Frankenstein Cooper that chased the band around. Throughout the show, guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henricksen kept the rhythm going while Nita Strauss shredded her way through the set like no other. 

 This was a full on headlining set with 17 songs in total. We got to Alice’s snake for the song “Snakebite” and a blistering guitar solo by Nita opening “Black Widow Jam”. “Black Widow Jam” finished up with Alice getting beheaded on stage by a Marie Antionette style character, played by Sheryl Goddard, Alice’s wife. “Elected”, is a fantastic look the dream of Alice running for President. Hey, I’d probably vote for him! The set finished up with “School’s Out”. As they were playing it, they jumped into Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” for a bit then back in to finish up “School’s Out”.   

 

Alice Cooper members are:

Alice Cooper – Lead vocals, harmonica, guitars, percussion, synthesizer

Ryan Roxie – Guitars, backing vocals

Chuck Garric – Bass, backing vocals

Tommy Henricksen – Guitars, backing vocals

Glen Sobel – Drums, percussion

Nita Strauss – Guitars, backing vocals

Sheryl Goddard – Stage Dancer (Alice’s Wife)

 

 

Set List

1). Lock Me Up

2). No More Mr. Nice Guy

3). I’m Eighteen

4). Under My Wheels

5). Billion Dollar Babies

6). Hey Stoopid

7). Lost in America

8). Snakebite

9). Feed My Frankenstein

10). Poison

11). “The Black Widow” segment from Alice Cooper: The Nightmare

12). Black Widow Jam

13). Ballad of Dwight Fry

14). Killer

15). I Love the Dead

16). Elected

17). Schools’s Out

 

To say everyone was anticipating Rob Zombie would be an understatement. The band hit the stage first behind a sheer red curtain. After a minute or so, the curtain came down and Rob was about 20 feet in the air on a platform reading Zombie. For the second song, he was down in front of the platform but behind a lit 10 point star. In between the 2nd and 3rd song they rolled to platform and the star off the stage and Rob worked the entire stage from that point on. The drummer, Ginger Fish (which unfortunately I didn’t get photos of), was on a lift pedestal and several times he was over 20 feet over the stage. That, combined with pyro, lighting and the video screens made for a visually and physically impressive show. As the evening pressed on the temperature was falling and the pyro warmed up the venue and made it very comfortable.

 Throughout the set there were several larger than life Devil characters and at the start of “Lords of Salem”  a snow-like substance started to fall from the roof of the pavilion. This snow lasted for two songs and was a great visual effect. “Living Dead Girl” was of course a fan favorite and they slayed it. So Good! When the first of the two White Zombie songs hit (“More Human Than Human”), the capacity crowd was on their feet and everyone sang along. This part of the set ended with “Thunder Kiss ’65” and Rob had the audience singing the chorus holding the mic out to the crowd. Just be fore the last song, “Dragula”, they played the trailer for the theatrical re-release of House of 1000 Corpses to be back in theaters October 8th and 11th 2023.   

 

Rob Zombie members are:

Rob Zombie – Lead vocals

Piggy D. – Bass, backing vocals

Ginger Fish – Drums

Mike Riggs – Guitars, backing vocals

 

 

Set List

1). The Triumph of a King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)

2). Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown

3). Feel So Numb

4). Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.

5). What Lurks on Channel X?

6). Superbeast

7). Demonoid Phenomenon

8). Lords of Salem

9). House of 1000 Corpses

10). Drum Solo

11). Living Dead Girl

12). More Human Than Human (White Zombie song)

13). Thunder Kiss ’65 (White Zombie song)

14). “House of 1000 Corpses” re-release trailer

15). Dragula 

 

 

 

 

 

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