Monster Mash Festival Day 2: Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Puscifer + Ghost
After an unforgettable night featuring Tool's only performance of 2015, the Monster Mash Festival headed into its second day with a dynamite lineup of rock and metal planned.
With another day of perfect festival weather overhead, Ghost braved the Arizona sun in full costume. The day was completely filled with headlining acts, and you could tell from the quality of each set. Led by Ghost's supernatural Satan-evangelist, Papa Emeritus III, each song was equally met with joy from the thousands in attendance. Even Ghost's newest material like "Cirice" and "Absolution" was greeted warmly.
The costumes continued on with Puscifer's set, as each musician donned a luchador mask onstage. Singer Maynard James Keenan celebrated Halloween for the second day in a row by dressing as an obese Captain America complete with shield and revealing short shorts accentuated by a massive crotch bulge. Singer Carina Round was the only member to opt out of her wrestling mask thanks to the hot sun, while drummer Jeff Friedl earned MVP status by enduring through his black leather body suit.
Deftones followed Puscifer with one of the night's most energetic performances. The crowd was explosive for the band, who plowed through a set heavy on material from Around the Fur while touching on tracks from throughout their career. Though the audience didn't get the "Passenger" cameo from Maynard Keenan they were chanting for, Deftones offered a more unexpected surprise by inviting Max Cavalera to the stage for "Headup," sending fans into a frenzy. Frontman Chino Moreno had a hell of a night, pumping tremendous emotion into his vocals, downing tequila onstage and showing his appreciation by letting the crowd know how intimate he wanted to get with all of them.
Perfect for the day after Halloween, Rob Zombie took over as the consummate entertainer he's been for decades. His whole band was brilliant, blasting hit after hit in a set overflowing with classics. Zombie fought through vocal issues and remained strong throughout the show. The singer is known for throwing covers into his performances, but he brought some of his Halloween show with Glenn Danzig to Arizona by jamming Misfits anthems "Vampira" and "Horror Business." Zombie's last show of the year was a memorable one, finishing off with the concert staple "Dragula."
Though there was a bit of an exodus after Rob Zombie's set, thousands of hardcore Linkin Park fans got to see their most anticipated act of the night closing Monster Mash. Made up as zombies to continue the Halloween spirit, Linkin Park played a massive 23-song set spanning their entire discography. "Zombie Park" sprinkled a few Fort Minor tracks in their set amongst hits like "Numb," "In the End" and "Bleed it Out."
Check out our exclusive photos from Day 2 of the 2015 Monster Mash Festival in the gallery above!
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