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By Cheri Kern on July 24 2015

Rob Zombie took Milwaukee by storm in June, performing to a sold out crowd at The Rave/Eagles club. Last year at Rock USA, I had the opportunity to see the band perform for the first time. Having been a fan for as long as I can remember, I was excited without a doubt.

What I wasn’t prepared for was being SO enthralled by the performance that I took two pictures when Rob first took the stage and PUT MY CAMERA AWAY so that I didn’t miss one second of the spectacle in front of me! As a concert photographer, that had never happened before (nor since!) but when they came back around this time – I was determined to capture it this time.

I arrived early to the show so that I could ensure there were no issues checking in and getting settled. Once I’d made my way to the photo pit (still 4 hours before they were set to take the stage) the curtains were still open revealing their stage design, so I figured I’d get a few photos of their props & whatnot before there’d be people included. What I didn’t prepare for was turning around to return to the side of the stage and bumping, quite literally, into Rob Zombie himself with John 5.

I wish that I could tell you that hours of amazing conversation and rockin’ times followed, but the truth of the matter is that it happened so quickly before they were ushered off to do their VIP meet n’ greet with their fans that I honestly don’t remember exactly what was said. I’m hoping that I didn’t just mumble incoherently the entire time, truth be told!

When Rob Zombie, John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish took the stage, it almost felt as though the concert hall may just implode with excitement, and the sentiment didn’t slow down the entire performance. John 5 and Piggy D provided so much fan and photographer interaction there were a few times I had to remind myself they weren’t performing just for me and Rob Zombie performed like the SUPERBEAST that he is without stopping to even breathe it seemed.

As he continues to do time and time again at venues all over the country year after year, Rob Zombie proved that he’s here to stay – and his fans gladly welcome that notion each and every killer performance.