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ROB ZOMBIE + MUDVAYNE march the Freaks through Chicagoland!

I’m a music fan and a photography addict, and I’ve come to discover that one of my favorite music genres to photograph is hard rock/metal (or is that two genres?). The fueled energy and showmanship of some of these acts cannot be done due justice with just three songs in the pit.* And if anyone has ever set a bar over the years for on stage production and theatrics, it’s undoubtedly the musician/singer/director best known to the world as… ROB ZOMBIE. This 2022’s Freaks on Parade Tour with MUDVAYNE in tow is no exception and its stop in Chicagoland’s Tinley Park (an hour or more drive from mainland Chicago) was worth every once of overpriced petrol. (Scroll down for the pics!)

Photo by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)


A family affair of all ages - it’s not surprising that giant screens blasting classic horror images and graphics, coupled with larger than life dancing macabre puppets and the unmistakable soundtrack of hard ripping guitar and bass, would appeal to the next generation of metal lovers. The horror, sci-fi feel of a Rob Zombie musical production is enough to turn anyone with even an inkling for twisted fiction into a fan. RZ himself was quick to take notice of the mixed ages of concert goers and made a special dedication of “Scum of the Earth” to all the youth in the crowd.

MUDVAYNE - Photo by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)


The shock rocker’s set for the evening included all the suspect hits, like “Living Dead Girl”, “Meet the Creeper”, and “Never Gonna Stop”. Co-headlining with RZ is Illinois’ native band Mudvayne; who, after a hiatus starting back in 2010, have reunited and taken the stage once again, further fueling the anticipation for the Freaks on Parade Tour. But, if two metal bands who love to play it up for you on stage aren’t enough, then maybe four will do the trick as Static-X and Powerman 5000 (fronted by Zombie’s sibling Spider One) complete the roster for performances across the states.


The Freaks on Parade Tour continues with dates SD, UT, CA, NV, NM, TX, and KY with the full lineup of all four bands. For more info and to purchase your tickets visit: www.robzombie.com

* Concert photographers are usually given no more than the first three songs to shoot from the photopit, located in front of the audience. Add to that that sometimes bands like to make a dramatic (and DARK) entrance and our chances of getting some nice clean shots of the show are cut by another 33.3%.


ROB ZOMBIE

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Photos by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)



MUDVAYNE

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Photos by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)

STATIC-X

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Photos by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)

POWERMAN 5000

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Photos by Jean Marc Lavoie (@jean.marc.lavoie)


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