Heading into the show, Slayer was kind of take-it-or-leave-it, but they ended up being one of the more impressive metal shows I've witnessed. They melted my face the fuck off, and set a nice precedent for the show as a whole. Originally, Rob Zombie was supposed to "open" (although it is a co-headling tour), but once he went on, it was obvious that this ridiculously extravagant stage layout wouldn't have quite the same impact during daylight hours.
With robots shooting out smoke, enormous monster puppets, three enormous video screens, UFO-quality lighting and an elevated drum kit, this was by far the most intense stage set that I'd ever witnessed.
Giving huge props to Detroit (which most artists do), he was actually able to recall that where we were witnessing this musical movement was once called "Pine Knob", as well as a show at Harpo's years ago. Whether he could remember these shows off the top of his head, or he did his research before taking the stage, this was most definitely a very respectful and appreciated moment he shared with metro Detroit.
Zombie made mention of the sound cut-off/curfew for DTE, and also made mention that he didn't give a fuck. He would gladly pay the $1000 per minute fine that would be levied should his set run past 11pm. And to be honest, as cool as that was, he could probably have cut out Ginger Fish's drum solo and the ludicrously long guitar solo of "Thunder Kiss '65". Also, I was never aware that Zombie was such a fucking Chatty Kathy. He sounded like an undead version of Dave Matthews. Cut out the chatter, dude, and you might have pulled off a timely set.
All the bullshit aside, this was the coolest, most sinister and impressive stage layout I have ever seen, by far. The show, metalhead douchebags included, was outstanding. Despite a number of horrible troll women with saggy tits and horrid tattoos, and their neck-tattooed greasemonkey common-law boyfriends, I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything. Especially considering most of the shows I attend are of the indie alternative unshowman-like quality. Kudos, Robert.