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Live Wire: From Rock ‘n Roll Sheep to Rob Zombie

By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

Now, if the indie kids are not for you, but mention of the 1990s gets you jonesing, Rob Zombie will be in Taipei on March 7, performing at ATT Showbox. Chthonic guitarist and promoter at Icon Entertainment Jesse Liu (劉兆洪) assures me that he will be bringing his “hot wife, Sheri Moon.”

Rob Zombie blew up in the 1990s as front man of the gore-themed industrial metal band White Zombie, which rode the line between kitsch and hardcore metal so successfully that it produced two platinum albums and an enduring fan base.

Ever since, Rob Zombie has been able to exist as a kind of unique artiste, straddling dark underground trends and pop culture, both in music and film. Since he went solo in 1998, all five albums have made the Billboard top 10, including last year’s Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor, though reception has been mixed.

Zombie has also directed half a dozen films, working from his own 2003 cult hit House of 1,000 Corpses up to Hollywood status with two Halloween remakes that grossed over US$90 million between them, a CSI episode and other projects. His sense of theatrics comes with him to the rock stage as lighting, costumes, props and gory, gothic face paint.

Zombie now tours with two former members of Marylin Manson’s band, guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish. The stage show is intended to shred and is also known for head-banging crowd pleasers, ranging from early White Zombie material to metal hits from Diamond Head, Metallica and Alice Cooper. Often he picks songs to fit the crowd. That may be somewhat predictable in places like Detroit or Milwaulkee, but unless they know any Chthonic tunes, in Taipei it will be anybody’s guess.

■ Rob Zombie performs on March 7 at 8:30pm at ATT Showbox, 7F, 12 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路12號7樓). Tickets are NT$2,800 or NT$2,500 in advance. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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