Rob Zombie's Twisted Haunted House Coming to Scottsdale

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie brings the terror to Scottsdale this Halloween season

Last year when heavy metal musician and horror icon Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare debuted in LA, I was pretty close to heading out there over Halloween to check out what The New York Times called "the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses in the last decade."

Imagine: the theatrics and entertainment of Zombie's live show -- a hodgepodge of vintage horror film clips, haunting makeup and costumes, stimulating pyro and lighting. Combine that with a classic freak show, musical entertainment, themed food and beverages, vendors, games, roaming characters, and three different fully interactive attractions based on three of Zombie's own horror films, and you have Great American Nightmare.

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Motörhead's Mikkey Dee on Lemmy's Health, the Motörhead Cruise, and the Key to Success

Courtesy of Mongrel Media

There's something fascinating about Motörhead's longevity. Nearly 40 years ago, the English band fused together heavy metal and punk -- fueled by healthy doses of whiskey -- to become one of the early pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

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Alice Cooper: Our Christmas Is More Ozzie Nelson Than Ozzy Osbourne

Solid Rock
Alice Cooper wishes you a very metal Christmas.
From blasting "Schools Out" during my teenage wasteland days to jamming out to the chugging guitar in "Under My Wheels" in my office, Alice Cooper has always played a prominent position in my heavy metal playlist.

Not only did he help shape the sound and look of heavy metal with his horror and vaudeville imagery as rock and roll's first villain. By the time Cooper was 18, it was the sexual revolution and Vietnam, and the band's best friends were The Mothers of Invention, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.

He toured with Pink Floyd and once awoke to find Syd Barrett staring at a box of corn flakes like he was watching television, laughing, to which the shock-rocker comments: "He was a paranoid schizophrenic. Add acid to the mix and you get a much deeper problem."

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Metal Mondays: Metal's Vagina Monologues

To continue my rant from last week about bitches who rock (see The Butcher Babies, Boobs and Blood) and in conjunction with Revolver Magazine's announcement of their 2013 Hottest Chicks in Metal calendar, I must pay tribute to two more female-fronted bands that I saw last week at the Marquee Theatre. Then, I promise, I will stop drooling over hot girls for awhile. Cross my heart.

So begins my cheers to the sexy skills of In This Moment's Maria Brink and Halestorm's
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale. Metal's own Vagina Monologues performers, if you will.

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Do You Look "Metal Enough" for Metal Shows?

Melissa Fossum
See more photos of the crowd in the full Trespass America Festival slideshow.
See also: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ Comerica Theatre
See also: Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want
See also: The full Trespass America slideshow

This weekend I attended two intense yet intriguingly different metal shows. I spent Saturday night at Dimefest at Joe's Grotto, where several local heavy bands, including Howitzer, Cowboys in Hell and Betrayal of Allies, paid tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. Ah, you gotta' love a venue regularly reeking of B.O. and vomit. Sunday night was a different kind of show: The Trespass America Festival at Comerica Theatre, with a bill including God Forbid, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and Five Finger Death Punch.

But while both shows rocked, there was a clear distinction between the fans that turned up for the shows, and it was all illustrated by their metal fashion choices.

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