WEST VALLEY CITY Halloween returned for one night when Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie and In This Moment cranked out a spooky Veteran's Day party Sunday night.
Guitar versions of the "Star-Spangled Banner" added some spice during the Rob Zombie and Osbourne segments, while the blast of In This Moment set things afire early in the night.
Horror-metal from Zombie was highlighted by an 8-foot high devil-faced drum riser, an arsenal of flashpots and video screens that flashed excerpts from Zombie-directed movies "The Devils Rejects" and "House of 1,000 Corpses." The videos also showed some R-rated scenes of female dancers, but the families who were in the audience didn't seem to mind. In fact, there were dads, moms and kids some as young as 5-years-old, in the crowd rocking out together.
Vintage Zombie hits "Living Dead Girl," "More Human than Human" and "Dragula" tore up the place while new rock 'n' creepers "American Witch" and "The Devil's Rejects" got the crowd going. And it got even louder as Zombie sang more tunes while he monster-stepped through the front rows during "Thunderkiss '65," a hit he had with his old band, White Zombie.
The two bands prepped the way for the elder statesman of metal himself, Ozzy Osbourne.
At 58, the man can be considered a senior citizen, but he didn't act like one. In fact, watching him lead the audience in sing-alongs to "Fire in the Sky," "Road to Nowhere" and "Crazy Train," one could be suspicious that Osbourne did, indeed, sell his soul to the devil. He acted and moved like a 30-year-old.
What was refreshing about Osbourne was the fact that his voice cracked and he had a hard time reaching high notes meaning he used no voice manipulation back tracks. He's still the real deal.
New songs from the album "Black Rain," such as "Not Going Away," "I Don't Wanna Stop" and "Here for You," were received just as enthusiasticly as older works such as "Mr. Crowley," "I Don't Know" and "Suicide Solution."
Guitarist Zakk Wylde's chest-thumping solos, especially during "Bark at the Moon," only fed the metal-craze that burned through the E Center. But there was not doubt that Osbourne was the master of ceremonies.Be that as it may, the audience attending the show knew Osbourne's and Zombie's videos could be crass, offensive and filled with low-brow humor. And to the audience's delight, the sets didn't disappoint.
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