TimesOnline interview: Rob Zombie invades Pittsburgh

TimesOnline conducted a phone interview a little while ago, just before he set out for the latest tour with Megadeth. Read the article below.

Thanks to TimesOnline for the interview.

By Scott Tady

Horror and thrash will reign Wednesday at Stage AE, where Rob Zombie and Megadeth will play the third night of their co-headlining tour. The two hard-rocking acts last toured together in the early 1990s.

“I’m a lot older and a little grayer, but it’s going to be awesome,” Zombie said last month in a phone interview. “Twenty years later, I think I’m kicking more ass.”

That’s the result of some lifestyle changes, the 47-year-old headbanger said.

“When you’re younger, you don’t worry about things like working out and eating well,” Zombie said. “I do those things now.”

And that’s given him the steam to write new songs he and his band will start recording June 1 — songs he said “will be my best record yet.”

Yes, Zombie knows musicians always say that. “Every 10 years you get to that point,” Zombie said. “I was that way with White Zombie and then my solo thing. You let that creative energy build up.”
Through the years, Zombie’s energy has produced alternative-rock radio staples like “More Human Than Human,” “Never Gonna Stop” and “Dragula,” laced with sci-fi, and more liberally dosed with horror themes, which hallmark his songwriting.

Music is just a slice of Zombie’s creativity, which extends to movie making, web programs and even directing TV commercials that reflect his dark worldview somewhat humorously.

You’ve seen his Woolite commercial, right, in which clothes are subjected to torture devices? Zombie recently finished directing his follow-up TV spot for Ambo Ant Block. “They came to me with the concept and I expanded upon it,” Zombie said. “It’s another weird one. It’s about being driven insane by ants, slightly in the convention of my movies.”

Zombie’s film oeuvre includes writing and directing horror films like “House of 1,000 Corpses” (2003) and “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005). He’s currently in post-production for his sixth feature film, “Lords of Salem,” about a deejay who spins a cursed record, not realizing he’s unleashing a coven of 300-year-old witches from the Salem Witch Trials. “Lords of Salem” will arrive in theaters this year at a date to be determined.

For now, Zombie is focused on making music with his bandmates John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.
“It’s a very stress-free lineup; as much as being in a band can be,” Zombie said. “I mean, this is the coolest job you can ever have, but it can be stressful. And it can be brutal when the personalities within a band don’t really fit together. But this is the best it’s ever been for me with four people on the same page trying to accomplish the same goals.

“I have not felt this much excitement within the band since recording the first ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ record almost 15 years ago,” he said.

Zombie, whose band will close Wednesday’s show, said the timing is right for a tour with thrash-metal stalwarts Megadeth, based on enthusiastic initial reaction from fans. “There’s been such a want and need for a hard-rock comeback,” Zombie said. “There was a dead vibe for awhile. There was just a spark missing for like 10 years.”

Zombie intends to re-ignite that spark, and will draw extra energy Wednesday being in the city he associates with Tom Savini, George A. Romero and their ground-breaking zombie movies.
“That’s exciting,” Zombie said.