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The 1990s were a glorious time for music, especially rock music. It was a time when it wasn't uncommon to see quality bands rockin' the stage on television, with the heavier, and sometimes more unlikely acts entering the spotlight - often in unique venues. Back in 1995, MTV Invades Your Space served-up a chance for one lucky winner to play host - at their home - for shows like Singled Out, The Grind, and a performance by White Zombie. What's particularly interesting about the latter is that in a pre-show interview with Kennedy, Rob Zombie seemingly makes reference to a show I was at. "I like the Midwest," he says, "People know what it's all about out here. Breaking the seats and causing as much trouble and damage to every venue as possible so we can never come back again." Could this have been the infamous show at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa from January of 1994? The one I wrote about here? Check out the 1995 MTV Invades Your Space performance, straight from a backyard in Indiana...

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It was over a year ago that I first featured SOCK PUPPET PARODY here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, and they've kept busy in that time, racking up millions of plays on their send-ups of popular songs. Now comes a very special "Halloween Episode" of the show, and it's a good one, finding the sock puppets taking on the WHITE ZOMBIE classic, "More Human Than Human." Since the album it came from turned 21 this year (Rob Zombie actually performed ASTROCREEP 2000 in its entirety at Riot Fest), it's a track that can be considered timeless at this point. Check it out...

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This September, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will return to the Chicago area for another season of frights at The Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois. I'd been wondering about this one, as I covered last years' event - having checked-out the haunt and Zombie's surreal, one-night-only performance in the confines of a very unconventional locale.  For the 2015, the frights will be even bigger, and Rob Zombie will be rocking the stage once more - with two special concerts set to take place on October 2 & 4. The Villa Park/Chicagoland show is the ONLY edition of the Great American Nightmare this year. Here's the details on what to expect...

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Without a doubt, ROB ZOMBIE is in the top five when it comes to artists that I've seen live, both in terms of performance quality and number of times seen. Just last year I caught Rob and his band twice here in Illinois (read this and then this), so when news hit around New Year's that a new live record was on the way, my interest was piqued. Now comes word that ROB ZOMBIE - SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE will be released on February 24, 2015 on CD, Digital and Double-Vinyl 2LP Picture Disc. Recorded throughout Zombie's 2014 tour, the new set features 19 tracks in all, with music spanning Zombie's solo career and WHITE ZOMBIE days, along with covers of songs originally performed by the RAMONES and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Check out the details below...

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Halloween 2014After playing host to numerous haunted attractions during every Halloween season for the past couple of decades, the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois has been given a cinematic overhaul for 2014 as the new location of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. After making it's debut in California last year, 2014 finds the Great American Nightmare (GAN) taking on two cities, with Scottsdale, Arizona joining Chicagoland for the newly-annual celebration of macabre entertainment with a rock and roll flair. THE ROCK FATHER was invited to check out the opening night festivities - complete with a full-blown Rob Zombie concert at the Odeum, and a trip through all three haunted houses, each based on one of Zombie's feature films: HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE LORDS OF SALEM and THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. Here's some thoughts...

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It was probably around 11:30pm on the night of January 27, 1994. There I was, a seventeen-year-old headbanging television host, standing in the midst of unexpected destruction - the aftermath of a concert which should've never taken place in this particular venue, The Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. Whoever decided that it was a good idea to hold a rock show featuring WHITE ZOMBIE, PRONG and THE OBSESSED in a seated, classical theater with no standing room was undoubtedly in deep trouble - and I was right there in the middle of it - looking up from the ground floor as a faint cloud of dust could be seen still rising into the lights from above. To one side there were security guards and theater staff, bewildered by what had happened. On the other, a group of Police Officers equally puzzled. Directly next to me and a friend were members of the evening's headline act, WHITE ZOMBIE. But Rob wasn't there.

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