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Rob Zombie: “When people plunk down their hard-earned money for me, I want them to see something awesome!”

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Rob Zombie is currently hitting the road headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. On 30 June he played at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, but before he did that he had a chat with the SF Examiner, to chat about what scares him – you may be surprised!

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The news scares Rob Zombie
By Tom Lanham

Shock-rocker and horror-film writer and director Rob Zombie isn’t frightened by serial killers, ravenous zombies or the in-bred families of cannibal killers featured in his grisly 2003 debut feature “House of 1,000 Corpses” or its creepier 2005 sequel “The Devil’s Rejects.”

Just thumbing through the daily newspaper is enough to send shivers down his otherwise stoic spine.

“I don’t like to get into these topics because it’s so depressing,” says Zombie, 48. “But corporate greed is destroying this country. And the government is just another corporation that looks out for the other corporations. The welfare of the people is the last thing anyone cares about.”

Zombie, who headlines the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Mountain View today, tries to keep his work message-free, like his new solo salvo “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” with industrial-strength splatterpunk anthems like “Lucifer Rising” and “The Girl Who Loved the Monsters.”

And his latest flick “The Lords of Salem” is a basic gorefest, featuring his wife Sherri Moon Zombie as a DJ who is besieged by a coven of vindictive witches. It also stars scream queens Dee Wallace, Meg Foster and British legend Patricia Quinn — Magenta of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” renown.

“There’s nothing that annoys people more than actors or musicians being political,” he says.

Yet once Zombie puts modern society under the microscope, he can’t help but see a deadly virus, mutating. “I feel bad for people that still believe the hype,” he says. “Every time they close a factory and people are crying that they lost their jobs, I’m like ‘You really thought that this corporation was going to take care of you for life?’ If it was between you dying and a piece of machinery being saved in a fire, you’d be dead. It’s all just a giant machine, and people are the most expendable part of it. It’s sick, demented.”

Mysteriously, any legislation not designed to turn a profit rarely gets enacted, the hardcore vegan and PETA supporter believes. Even the news is corporate-controlled, and designed to scare the hell out of the masses.

“That way they’ll stay home, stay on their computers, and buy more guns, because now everyone is terrified of everyone else,” he says. “Hoard all the guns you want, but who are you fighting? A drone that will just drop a bomb on you?”

So Zombie is offering some fun-filled escapes, via his Alice-Cooper-outrageous stage show, plus an elaborate new haunted house this Halloween, The Great American Nightmare, in Pomona.

“Because I can’t, in good faith, say the things I’ve just been ranting about and not give back,” he says. “When people plunk down their hard-earned money for me, I want them to see something awesome!”

Thanks to the SF Examiner: sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/the-news-scares-rob-zombie

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  1. willsol

    Only thing I saw zombie was the gravel in the parking lot.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:12 am

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  3. duke

    Yep! He’s still kickin ass, evn the newer stuff….couldn’t out-grow Zombie if i tried

    July 14, 2013 at 1:32 am

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  5. tony viera

    Rob Zombie is my Hero!!!

    July 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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  7. Jason McLaren

    August 3rd in Houston Makes The forth time witnessing the Zombie can’t wait. You and your band always brings the Thunder : ) 05 at Ozz Fest I lost my black Adidas hat you pointed at it, loved the orchestra for Hell billy deluxe 2 show at the Verizon downtown I had a green shirt on bouncing around in the crowd(“what”) you pointed at me while talking to John 5 I could only imagine that you said he’s the only one having a good time, last year with Manson you mentioned back in the day everybody had a great time and beat the crap out of each other now everyone just kind stands @ and records stuff on their phones, you know you were here enjoy yourselves you don’t have to prove it on facebook. I yelled real loud and you looked in my direction and spit on the stage. great attention to detail and you really do notice everything, makes for an excellent director. I can’t wait for the Broadstreet Bullies. New albums keep getting better. I’ll be on the Lawn this time but, it’s cool, I can’t stand them damn seats, it would be nice to be in the pit but, beggars can’t be choosers.

    July 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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  9. livingdeadgirlnicole1031

    I have a million and one reasons to love Rob but one that is most distinct in my mind has always been how wonderful and appreciative he is of his fans.

    July 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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