Rob Zombie on His New Record, New Movie, and Why Metal Shows Need Girls
And everything he does is loaded up with theatrics, subtle intelligence, and aggression.
Zombie is fresh off his August release Mondo Sex Head, a remix album that features Jonathan Davis' DJ alter-ego JDevil, finishing his upcoming film, Lords of Salem, and mixing his upcoming album -- two ventures that he states are the best projects of his life to date.
And this Friday, September 28, Rob Zombie is kicking off his Twins of Evil Tour with Marilyn Manson in conjunction with KUPD's Desert Uprising at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion. The bill also features Corey Taylor and Buck Cherry. (And that's only Friday. On Saturday, the set includes Shinedown, Godsmack, HellYeah and many more.)
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Up on the Sun spoke with Rob Zombie about and why so many young bands disappoint, and why this new album may represent his Final Act.
Up On The Sun: I saw you and Manson perform at Rock on the Range back in May. Will your set at Uprising differ from the one you did there, in terms of new props and graphics?
Rob Zombie: It will be different from that show, yes. We're in the process of building a new show. There will be some elements that are the same, but my goal overall is to create a new show.
I was so hoping that you and Manson would end up on stage at the same time for a song or two --any chance we can expect to see that at Uprising?
I don't know. We haven't really talked about the tour so there's been nothing rehearsed or worked out.
You guys should do it. The crowd would go nuts.
We'll see. [Laughs.]
You and Manson clearly have similar fan bases, but at the same time, you both differ a lot in your style and themes. When touring together, what do you feel is the main way you guys complement each other as performers?
Well, I think it works good because...of what you said a second ago. There's a similarity in say, the overall mindset that we might have. But our approach in bringing it to life is different. So, it's not unlike when I was touring with Alice Cooper. Two different people and two different ways of doing things, but at the heart of it there's a major similarity. And I feel like it's great for the audience, because you get a lot of crossover fans so it makes everyone happy. The worst is when there are tours where the audience loves one band but hates the other and vice versa, but this way I feel like it's a great show all night and pleases everyone.
This tour is definitely going to be one for the books. Thinking back over the years, what tour sticks out in your head as being your most crazy?
There's been a lot of crazy tours but they aren't necessarily the ones that are the most memorable to me. I think the tour that I had the most fun on was the first time I toured with Alice Cooper. There was such a great vibe to the tour and it felt like a rock show that I always wanted to go to. When sometimes, a lot of the shows we play, there's a lot of metal bands, a lot of aggression, I don't know ... it's not like the old-school hard rock vibe that I grew up loving. It becomes more something else than that ... but I'm sure this show with Manson will have a lot of that too, which will be great.
Yeah, more focused around a fun vibe.
Yeah, that's the difference. You know, we honestly have like 50% girls, which is how rock bands used to be. Now with metal bands, it's all dudes in the crowd. So many fans tell me like 'Thank God there are fine-looking girls here!' But what happens is that girls have to stay in the back or they'll get killed in the front, but at least there's a whole mixture. If that makes sense.
You're working on your next full-length album, that you're aiming to release after this tour. You recently said that this album feels like it's going to be very special, a game changer for your career so to speak. Can you elaborate on that?
Yeah, you know I hadn't actually started the record yet when I originally said that but now I'm almost finished with the record, and now that I look back on it I was correct. Um, I don't know. You have moments in your life where you're just creatively inspired. And I don't know why it happens. I wish it happened more often [laughs]. But once in awhile it happens and it's an amazing moment. So with this album, it was the perfect combination of everything I've ever done combined. Just the rawness, the craziness of early White Zombie recordings way back then, but now I have more complex songwriting skills and the ability to develop things so much better -- I don't know. It is a raw, crazy record, but at the same time it is really hooky and cool. It's by far the favorite thing I've ever done in my whole life.