Rob Zombie lurches his way back to SDSU's Cox Arena

    Rob Zombie will bring his B-horror-movie-inspired stage show to San Diego State’s Cox Arena this Friday. Zombie is known for his expensive and lavishly produced tours, and his theatrics have been praised as a return to the golden age of arena rock that Zombie’s influence, Alice Cooper, reigned. With his hectic schedule — he just finished making a horror movie — it’s a little surprising that Zombie found time to write a new album and plan another tour.

    Zombie’s spin with Korn in 1999’s “”Rock Is Dead”” tour featured extensive pyrotechnics, scantily clad go-go dancers and a 15-foot robot that chased Zombie around stage. That tour brought him to a welcoming Cox Arena audience. His energetic performance and music took the crowd to the heights of enjoyment.

    This year’s opening act, Sinisstar, is coming along for their first trip to San Diego; they missed an opportunity to come with the Anger Management tour last year. They are an unexpectedly focused band. With all their attention centered on their music, they break away from the rock ‘n’ roll ethos of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

    “”We don’t drink or do any drugs,”” said singer Edgy during a phone interview. “”We’re completely focused on the music. It’s just really bad seeing someone drunk or f—ed up and not able to perform.””

    It is commendable and surprising that a band in the presence of extensive musical hedonism remains straight-laced, but their philosophy is especially ironic in light of Sinisstar’s leather-clad, Hot Topic, heroin sheik appearance.

    In every press photo I’ve managed to get my grubby hands on, Sinisstar look like four disciples of Trent Reznor or Marilyn Manson. Rather than going all the way with this over-the-top look, they tend to keep the stage show a little more grounded. For full distance from Zombie’s massively budgeted production, on-stage Sinisstar have only their music and a banner with their name on it.

    “”It’s just us and the music up there,”” Edgy commented. “”We just don’t have the budget for anything else.””

    Fans of Zombie’s current radio hits — or even just live performance buffs — will find something to please them with the Undead One’s return to San Diego. Nothing less then a mind-blowing and hair-splitting performance is expected of Zombie and the upstart, almost homeless youngsters of Sinisstar. The combination should make for a night of music, merriment and really loud guitars.

    Rob Zombie and Sinisstar will be at the Cox Arena at 7 p.m. Look to the hiatus calendar on this page for more information.

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