When it comes to concerts, two artists stand above the rest for me – Rob Zombie and Korn. Hands down, the best live shows – ever. So when I heard they were co-headlining the Return of the Dreads tour – with opener In This Moment – I wanted in. I caught the show last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, and it was everything I could have hope for – except for the nightmare traffic. Since they were co-headliners, I don’t want to talk about one band before the other here, so I am going to recap my history shooting these bands in order.
The first time I photographed Korn was back in 2011, at the 48 Hours Festival in Vegas. That night they became my favorite band to photograph, and I told myself I would photograph them every chance I got. With Jonathan Davis on vocals, Brian “Head” Welch on lead guitar, James “Munky” Shaffer on rhythm guitar, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu on bass, and Ray Luzier on drums, this is one hell of a tight band. Part of the reason I like them live…. their lighting is amazing. Whoever the lighting director is, they deserve an award.
Oh yeah, one fun thing that happened during Korn’s set was a surprise dancer. I am pretty sure this was Munky’s kid, since he was trying to tell them to go back off stage. So cute.
A year after shooting Korn for the first time, I photographed Rob Zombie – also in Vegas at the Rock Vegas Festival – and I had the same feeling. Man his show is insane! It is must see entertainment.
Seriously, these are real artists. Rob Zombie live is like no show you have every seen, or will see. It’s theatrical, it’s extreme, it pushes the ability of every sense. From a photo point of view, this is the toughest show you will ever shoot, which is part of the reason I like it. It’s an amazing group of musicians, with Piggy D, John 5, and Ginger Fish. Just awesome.
The opening act was In This Moment, a band I have also photographed a few times. They are a perfect fit for this show – theatrical, and dreads.
The bottom line is, you need to see these bands live, and I would recommend this tour if you get the chance. They hit Vegas on July 30th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Trust me…. go…. drive to Vegas and see this show.
There is a gallery of shots below, and as always, if you went… leave your thoughts below!
(Side Note: I will miss Verizon Wireless, also know as Irvine Meadows for years.)