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From STLToday.com: Rob Zombie promises plenty for fans at Pointfest

Rob Zombie is now half way through the Zombie/Megadeth co-headliner.  On Saturday he will be in Maryland’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for another explosive show.  STLToday.com caught up with Rob to chat about the show, going back into the studio in June and more.


Rob Zombie promises plenty for fans at Pointfest by  BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Seeing Rob Zombie and Megadeth co-headlining a major tour this summer, including this weekend’s date at Pointfest, might seem like a reunion of the hard-driving rock legends.

The tour is billed as their first time touring together since the early ’90s, but Zombie suggests that hype may be overstated.

“Sadly, we really didn’t tour together that much. We only did three shows, one weekend back in ’91, or maybe it was ’92,” he says. He was fronting White Zombie at the time.

“And we haven’t crossed paths since,” he says. “Everybody feels like they know everybody. But some bands you have a relationship with and some bands you don’t.”

Zombie’s set on the tour is as full-blown as fans would expect.

“At no point do we want anyone to think it’s anything less,” he says of the 75-minute set, which will be packed with pyro, video and blasting music.

After the tour, Zombie and his band — John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish — will enter the recording studio next month to work on the follow-up to “Hellbilly Deluxe 2″ (2010). Zombie says the record will be organic and raw; he believes technology has made records so perfect that they’ve become boring.

“It’s so easy to do big-sounding records now,” he says. “You can record a massive-sounding record in your bedroom. That’s interesting to a certain degree, but that’s not really me.”

Fans would like to see a White Zombie reunion, but anyone who knows Zombie knows that won’t happen.

“The main reason is there’s no point in it,” he says. “Most of the time bands unite because they’re broke and need the money. I know a lot of people think they want to see it. They’re picturing White Zombie when they were kids and White Zombie was 24. But you don’t really want to see White Zombie when everyone is 50 doing a run for the money.”

Adds Zombie, “I don’t want to ruin it. It’s better to leave things alone.”

He has his hands full anyway, also keeping his film career a priority. Next up for director Zombie is “The Lords of Salem,” a horror film about the execution of a group of 1600s-era witches, whose curse on their executioners plays out on their ancestors. The film is in post-production and is made in conjunction with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.

Zombie also has the distinction of killing off Octavia Spencer’s character in his 2009 remake of “Halloween II.” At the time, the actress was relatively unknown; she later won an Academy Award for “The Help.”

“I love her, and we had a great time working together,” he says. “She was excited to be in a horror movie and to be murdered by Michael Myers.”

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6 Responses

  1. goddess7263

    Saw you guys at Point Fest and took your advice….I put up my camera and enjoyed the hell out of your show. You are one hell of a show man !! Everytime you come to St Louis, I will be there screaming as loud as I can. I was actually in Salem the same time you were filming and it was my biggest wish to run into you….sadly I did not. I did enjoy the town at the atmosphere.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:02 am

  2. 5
  3. Moon

    Can’t wait for the new album and The Lords of Salem..I am sure they won’t disappoint.

    May 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

  4. 5
  5. Steve Frady

    missed a letter in my email. keep on rocking. i dig everything you do!

    May 19, 2012 at 3:14 am

  6. 5
  7. Steve Frady

    Been a fan of yours since 85. Been to your last two concerts in Casper Wyoming and would like to see you again and again. When might you get back this way. A long time loyal fan.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

  8. 5
  9. white_zombie

    I knew he would eventually tire of all that computerized effect stuff. The guys must have much to show off by now, so this next one just may be what keeps me here supporting them. I’m here for their music and not so much for the movies Rob has directed. “Organic and raw” sounds like it will deliver!

    May 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  10. 5
  11. HeyZombie man,great fan of course,now i have a product i want to turn to movies and such,need to make my product better,new ep coming this dec 1st,The sudden death of Saint Nick wreaks havok on greedy children and adults everywhere,Stay tuned,,,Skipp Purgatory,the Preacher of Metal

    May 18, 2012 at 11:51 am