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Rob Zombie plays Lithia Amphitheater

When Rob Zombie was putting the finishing touches on his 2013 "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor," he sensed it would be more than just another album."You have moments when it all comes together," Zombie says. "Not that the other records are bad, but not every record can be like the most inspired event in your life. But for some reason, this one feels like it is. The songwriting, the sound of it, the vibe, the production — it's special, I think."

The prevailing opinion about "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" feels accurate. It is one of Zombie's most enjoyable albums. It smoothly mixes together the sinister overtones of his hard-rocking music with hooky riffs and melodies that give the album a wickedly fun groove.

"Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" may, in fact, be part of a bigger trend for Zombie, who continues to play headlining shows this summer in support of the album.

Zombie and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Lithia Motors Amphitheater, 101 Peninger Road, Central Point. Tickets cost $37.50 for general seating and can be purchased online at www.jmaxproductions.net."The way the career goes after awhile, you can't stay on the same level all of the time," Zombie says. "Sometimes you go up. Sometimes you go down. Then if you stick around long enough, it's almost like you're rediscovered, re-invigorated. That's what I feel is happening now. We've started sweeping up a whole new generation of new fans."Zombie has been around long enough to have survived trends and reached at least two generations of fans.He came onto the national scene in 1985 as frontman for White Zombie. He, aka Robert Cummings, led the group on a 13-year run and four albums, including the 1992 release, "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1." Featuring the single "Thunder Kiss '65," the album sold more than 1 million copies and introduced Zombie to the mainstream.Zombie's 1999 solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe," was a huge success, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide. He went on to release two more studio CDs, "The Sinister Urge" in 2001 and "Educated Horses" in 2006, before doing a sequel to his first solo effort, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2," which was released in 2010.Part of Zombie's ongoing appeal has been his spectacular live shows. Drawing from trailblazers Alice Cooper and others, he's become known for delivering one of the most visually dynamic, creepy (in a good way) and fun-filled concerts.His current live show should continue that trend. 

"It's different," Zombie says. "That's always a challenge, making it different, trying to keep the stuff that you know people liked, that they want to hear or they want to see, but making it different so it's not the same old stuff."

Hard rocker Rob Zombie is well known for his outrageous — somewhat macabre, but fun — live shows. Photo courtesy of Rick Fagan.