Twins of Evil Marilyn Manson/ Rob Zombie Creep into the Bay Area

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The twins of evil rolled into the Bay Area last night and brought out their fellow ghouls and goblins to the Concord Pavilion for a night of what I like to refer to as “horror metal.” Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie have been at for years now ever since the early 90s when both made at their mark by combining heavy riffage and pounding drums, with some horror-infused theatrics and messaging. And contrary to what you may think, neither is showing any signs of slowing down.

Manson opened the show with his usual grim look, pale face and haunting presence. He kicked his set off by leading the crowd in the chant of “We hate love, we love hate,” then ran through a powerful performance of “Irresponsible Hate Anthem.” The Fight Song and mOBSCENE quickly followed suit, with Manson alternating between different costume designs that included bowler hats and a feather laced coat. By far the most emphatic audience reaction happened during “The Beautiful People” and “Sweet Dreams,” both which drew the audience fist in the air to scream along to every lyric from the top of their lungs.

Manson’s performance was short yet memorable and had to make way for the other headliner for the evening, Rob Zombie, who after a brief intermission emerged from being a curtain fall with his cohort John 5 amidst a flurry of colorful lights.

Rob who looked like a sort of hybrid of a Roman statue and Rastafarian, and showed no signs of aging, even though he’s been at this for close to three decades now. Reminiscent of maybe Iggy Pop or Mick Jagger, he sashayed around the stage all night effortlessly along to the electric wails of his demonic sidekick John 5 on the guitar.

They began the set with the classic White Zombie tune “Demonspeed” but then switched over to his solo material, which included mega-hits like “Superbeast,” “Living Dead Girl” and “More Human Than Human.” During the show, multiple LCD screens ran old vintage movie clips and tributes to classic horror films, while giant robots and other large-scaled demon-like puppets graced the stage.

At the end, the tag-team combo of these two legendary rockstars left nothing more to be desired after they whisked away into the dark. What a fun night of rock n roll and fright all were treated to and just in time for Halloween.

Photos by Louis Raphael

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An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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