Return Of The Dreads
In This Moment / Rob Zombie / Korn
Friday September 2, 2016 - Camden, NJ -
Maria Brink and company open the show and took the crowd from zero to metal instantly. In my personal opinion, if these bands ever tour again and happen to make this particular stop again, they may have to rethink the lineup but I'll get into that a bit more later.
With most rock or metal shows the openers don't get the full crowd, but, ITM is the exception to that rule as the house was at least 3/4 full for their set. And who could blame them? Even with a new drummer in the lineup, the band had the sound of the seasoned veterans they are.
Next up of course was Rob Zombie and if there was a disappointment on the night, I would have to say it was the crowd in Camden (even if Rob kept referring to it as Philly as most acts do). At one point during his set, he even had to point out that almost half of the audience had their faces buried in their cell phones. After coming out of the media pit, I could see what he was talking about and that's a sad state of affairs when more people are watching a concert through their phones than through their own eyes. Yes....I know....I was watching partially through my camera lens myself but that's because I was shooting the show for all of you but then I put my camera down and actually enjoyed the show.
I have to give the Zombie a lot of credit as he was obviously battling not only exhaustion from the tour and his preview of his upcoming movie "31" just the night before but also a sickness as can be heard in his voice. He definitely brought the energy as he was still jumping and dancing around as he's been doing for well over the past 30 years including walking not only among the crowd but atop the crowd during the set. He's always trying to find new ways of getting the audience involved including having crowd surfing races which everyone seemed to enjoy.
I do have to also say that Rob Zombie drew fans literally of all ages and in doing so, provided an education in anatomy to some of the audience that may not have been prepared for it, but for the little girls in the front row of the pit that may have been 8 at most that had the video boards right in their faces with the hentai or however you say it, I can only say their parents have some explaining to do as Rob's shows have been "adult themed" for decades.
After Rob gave a teaser of 31 and gave his one song encore the crowd finally came to life and the cell phones in the crowd finally seemed to disappear and the one thing the seemed to be missing from the crowds finally appeared.
The PITS are born nearly as quickly as Korn hits the stage. That is literally as fast as the crowd draws energy and the bands drew just as much energy from the crowd as well.
I have to admit that I had an inner struggle myself considering I was in the media pit rather than THE pit when Rotting In Vain was being played, but these are the sacrifices we make for you.
Seriously......if you have not seen these bands.....what are you waiting for??!!
Korn's new album (The Serenity of Suffering) is available for pre-order now and will be released on October 21.
Rob Zombie's The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is available everywhere now and his new movie 31 in theaters September 16, 2016.
In This Moment are currently on their way to Japan and will be returning to the States to work on their 6th studio album expected to be released some time in 2017.
For photos from the Return of the Dreads show, see the photo album here: