Rob Zombie has had a decorated career across entertainment fields, but, at his core, he remains a performer. This was evident on October 3rd as he put on a concert at the packed Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The crowd came expecting a spectacle, and Zombie performed in abundance. It was the type of over the top heavy metal show Zombie has become famous for performing and continues to perform to this day.
This show was special for me for a few different reasons. One was that it was my first time photographing at the new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre venue. It is a top notch facility and a great place to see a concert. I really hope to get back there sooner rather than later because that room is just great, not only for fans in attendance but for photographers covering a show. The pit is long and wide, which provides ample room for manuevering and covering the show.
Another reason this show was special is because it was the second time I got to photograph Zombie in concert. The first one back in 2014 at Iron City in Birmingham produced my favorite concert photo of all time. I always say I'm chasing that particular photo with every concert I do. Even though this particular show didn't produce an image that I feel topped that particular image, I still walked away with some high quality photos because, well, Zombie knows how to put on a visual spectacle.
If you have never seen him perform, he is all over the stage. He works the Nosferatu-inspired mic stand and then runs to cover all the risers positioned on the performance space. As the lights fluctuate between high reds, blues, and greens, Zombie is assisted by the likes of the equally theatrical John 5 on guitar. I have actually photographed John 5 as a solo performer before so it was good to see him in this context playing with Zombie. They and the rest of the band really do produce a great visual stage show that is high on Zombie's horror-tinged aesthetic.
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