Rob Zombie is one of the more diverse talents in the world of hard rock. Besides fronting one of the heaviest metal acts in the world, Zombie is also an accomplished film director, screenwriter and producer (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2007). Back out in front on the road this summer supporting his latest album Hellbilly Deluxe 2, he is currently co-headlining the Mayhem Festival as it as it makes its way across the country.
No rest once the tour wraps up later this week in Oklahoma City, Zombie will be back out on the road with Alice Cooper starting Sept. 28 in what is being billed as the ‘Gruesome Twosome Tour’.
We sat down with the iconic rocker to discuss his diverse world.
Is there a different dynamic with the new lineup?
It’s not that new, its pretty much the same band we’ve had for the last five years. Joey Jordison from Slip Knot is now our drummer for this tour and next tour. I would love to hold this band together as long as possible as its the best dynamic we’ve had amongst everybody, four like minded people. Cause what we do is pretty specific so you really need to find the right type of personality that fits in and he’s perfect.
How has your writing style changed over the years?
That really hasn’t changed that much. I usually only would write with one other person and now all the songs I write with John 5, the guitar player. We’ve done everything for the last five years. It the way I like to do things.
Is the new album doing well?
It’s doing good, everything pretty much the same as its always has been. It is what the record business has become, you struggle to sell records, but concert tickets seem to be still alive and well.
What is next on the movie front?
I have another movie I will be announcing soon that is a project that I have never mentioned before so its nothing that’s been mentioned in the past so I can’t say what it is yet.
Do you consider yourself more a musician or director?
I’ve done both for a long time. I’ve done music now for25 years, and movies for about 10. Both are what we do.
Anything new with Hellbilly Deluxe 2?
We have a special edition of‘ Hellbilly Deluxe 2 that we are very excited about. Its almost like the directors cut of the album. We went back, repackaged the whole thing, did all new artwork wrote new songs, re-sequenced the record it was nice to go back and rather than just tacking on left over tracks, really writing songs we thought the album could use in hindsight – and also new music video.
What are you excited about?
A tour documentary which is something we never done before. We just tried to a documentary that really captures the feeling of being on tour. Because being on tour is very surreal where every thing you would do in your normal life is kind of flipped opposite. The documentary kind of captures that.
Do you have a favorite song to play live?
I really don’t care. Whatever song the crowd reacts to the best is my favorite song. Certain songs like Thunder Kiss, which is a White Zombie song, I’ve played probably 2,000 times, but every night its like we’ve never played it before, so it’s good.