November 27, 2013 was the last stop of our current tour, and it was at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.
RZ, J5, Piggy, Ginger, and myself started off the day roaming around downtown D.C. shooting photos for the upcoming photo book, "The Zombie Horror Picture Show". Great times with amazing humans. Then we hopped on the bus and headed to the venue. I couldn't believe we were playing such a small venue and couldn’t wait to see how the crew would set up the show—there was no way they were fitting our full production in there.
(As you can see the crew had the stage stripped down and we were in for one hell of a night.) After soundcheck RZ and I worked on the photo book backstage. Piggy captured that moment with my camera, and it’s one of my favorite photos.
As the guys were getting ready for the show, I snapped a bunch of photos and one of them ended up being the album cover for the European Rob Zombie Greatest Hits Album a few years later.
When it was time to hit the stage and let the madness begin, the crowd went insane as soon as the lights went down. The band kicked into Dead City Radio and it was on!
It had been a long time since any of the guys were on a small stage. I always say chasing RZ around stage is like trying to chase a squirrel, he's fucking everywhere on stage, but now he had a five foot radius before he ran into John or Piggy. After the first song RZ stopped the show and told the crowd, "Bear with us, we forgot how to play a club show."
They fired up Superbeast and it never slowed down. RZ was everywhere—in the crowd, on top of the bar, at the merch both, and anywhere else he could be. I shot most of the show sitting on Ginger's bass drum. Normally I try not to be seen, but that night I was the 5th member of the Beatles, snapping away. This show had more energy than any show we had done all year.
After the show, there were vegan cupcakes waiting for us backstage that said “9:30” in icing. RZ and J5 got into a food fight with them as you can see.
This was such a great night for so many reasons. I love when artists can go back to a small club and give an arena performance for a few hundred lucky fans. I have talked to a few fans throughout the years that were at the show and it's always the same response, "That fucking night was insane!" I have seen a few Rob Zombie shows and this night is in my top 3 of all time!
Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
Scum of the Earth
Living Dead Girl
The Star-Spangled Banner
We're an American Band
More Human Than Human
Meet the Creeper
House of 1000 Corpses
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
Am I Evil?
Thunder Kiss '65
The Lords of Salem