ROB ZOMBIE/ MARILYN MANSON DEADLY APPLES
FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE, IRVINE
Warring industrial metal icons renew their vows on the West Coast
SUMMER MIGHT BE drawing to a close but tonight at the FivePoint Amphitheatre, there’s a raucous party underway. This is the final night of this summer’s Twins Of Evil Tour: The Second Coming, which has seen headliners Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson revisit their 2012 co-headlining tour of the same name. Fortunately, the nasty public feuding between the men during their first tour seems to be a thing of the past, as the men kicked off this year’s iteration by releasing a joint cover of the Beatles’ Helter Skelter.
Inside, Montreal four-piece DEADLY APPLES  trudge dutifully through a short but plodding set of generic industrial rock that betrays an obsessive familiarity with the works of Manson, vibrantly underscoring the gulf between the two. Just a week ago, MARILYN MANSON  collapsed onstage in Houston, requiring medical attention for what has been reported as a bout of influenza. Tonight he storms out with sprightly vigour, leading his band through Irresponsible Hate Anthem, Angel With The Scabbed Wings and This Is The New Shit. “This is the best muthafuckin’ California crowd, evah!” he bellows after
The Dope Show. But by the middle of the set, both his energy and his voice noticeably ebb. Battling obvious
fatigue, Manson ventures into the front row, slinks across the risers and drapes himself across the stage, resurrecting for a thunderous closing of The Beautiful People and Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
It’s hard to believe that nearly 20 years ago to the day, ROB ZOMBIE  released Hellbilly Deluxe – the platinumcertified debut that launched his solo career while simultaneously pounding the final nail into the coffin of his old band, White Zombie. Tonight, Zombie careens about the stage, gyrating, howling and leaping as if zero time has passed since that day. With virtuosic shredder John 5 grinding out filthy, hip-swivelling riffs at every turn, Zombie powers through Superbeast, Living Dead Girl and newer tracks like The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore. He cuts short the opening of Thunder Kiss ’65, saying “We have a giant fucking field and all I see is people playing with their fucking phones!” Zombie hectors the crowd into putting them away for two minutes, then resumes the festivities. The band continue with a gaggle of covers including Enter Sandman and Helter Skelter, joined by Manson, before closing with a supersonic version of Dragula. More than 30 years into his career, it’s comforting to know that Rob Zombie’s still out there, showing the kids how it’s done.
Rob Zombie puts on a non-stop exotic cabaret