LA WEEKLY Interview: ‘Rob Zombie Was a Childhood Carnie’

LA Weekly Rob Zombie interview

Ahead of the Mayhem 2013 tour which kicks off on 29 June 2013 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, LA Weekly sat with Rob to speak about the busy year he has already had and what lies ahead. He also talks “about how his life nowadays mirrors the time he spent at family carnivals as a kid”.

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Rob Zombie Was a Childhood Carnie
By Linda Leseman

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This weekend at the San Manuel Amphitheater, shock rocker and horror Renaissance man (is that a thing?) Rob Zombie headlines the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (that is definitely a thing).

It’s been a busy year for the man born Robert Cummings. His thriller film, The Lords of Salem, debuted in April, just a month after his novelization of the flick became a national best-seller. Also in April, Zombie put out his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which is fun to say after a few glasses of fine wine. And now he and his theatrical stage show will hit the road for two solid months.

We caught up with Zombie, who told us about how his life nowadays mirrors the time he spent at family carnivals as a kid.

Why do you think people are fascinated by zombies?

I guess because, without getting too philosophical, most monsters are very unique. If it’s a werewolf or a vampire, it’s like this one unique individual among the rest of the population. But I guess with zombies, there’s the scenario that this could happen to anybody, anytime, anywhere — now. I think that’s why people like it. Maybe they can relate to it. And it has a realistic edge. Obviously it’s totally fantastical, but it’s sort of played out the same way it would if there were some mass epidemic — just the chaos that the world would fall into. So maybe that’s why people get obsessed with it or like it.

Ironically, zombies don’t have a lot to do with your image, do they?
I don’t do anything [with zombies], really. I haven’t made any movies with zombies at all. The funny thing is, I don’t really do that. [Laughs.]

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