Zombie gives festival tips: “Listen to your mom. Get some sunblock for Christ’s sake.”

Photo by Antonio Marino Jr.

Rob Zombie is out on tour in Europe right now and has also announced in the past week a series of new dates in the USA, including opening for his frightfest, Great American Nightmare 2014. Loudwire had a chat with Rob, and they covered subjects such as the new Zombie Horror Picture Show Blu-Ray, playing a stripped down show, the next Zombie album and sunblock tips!!! “If I have to see one more person that looks like their nose is going to fall off and it’s bright red. I am just like, “Really you are like 40 years old and you don’t know about sunblock by now. It’s like cancer running wild all over your face. Get a hat or something!”

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Rob Zombie Shares Festival Tips, Talks Concert DVD + New Album Progress

by Full Metal Jackie June 13, 2014 9:49 AM

Rob Zombie just released ‘The Zombie Horror Picture Show’ concert DVD along with a companion book, but there’s no “stop” in the rocker-director’s vocabulary. Zombie just played a number of late spring festivals, with more dates coming later this year. Oh, and there’s also work in progress on a new album, not to mention his film career.

Zombie took a few moments to speak with ‘Loudwire Nights’ host Full Metal Jackie at the recent Welcome to Rockville festival and he discussed why a Rob Zombie concert DVD has not happened prior. He also shared a few outdoor festival tips and gave an update on his next album. Check out Rob Zombie’s chat with Full Metal Jackie below.

In the past, you’ve always been reluctant to release a live DVD — did something happen that changed your mind?

Being filmed annoys me, with still films or cameras it gets on my nerves, and I always think this will be a great idea, and then after two seconds I am like, “Get that f—ing camera out of my face.” It just drives me crazy. So I would always procrastinate.

Then we did it back in 2007 I think. We took someone on the road for the whole tour, one of the guys that made one of my movies, and then after that people quit the band and it all fell apart. And I was like, “Now this is outdated and meaningless.” So, really the reasoning became that I thought the [current] lineup was solid. I couldn’t see anyone leaving for any particular reason. So I thought now is the time to do it. The summer that we filmed the show [2013 Mayhem Festival] I go, “The show can’t get any bigger because we literally can’t fit it on the stages anymore. So now is the time you know? We aren’t getting any younger so now would be good.”

The live show. There’s always so much cool stuff up onstage. When you’re up that close, do you ever revert to your childhood and say, “This is so cool!”?

Literally no. It’s like a blur because I am looking at things from the complete wrong perspective. I am like, “Why is this taking so long? Why is it stuck? What’s wrong with this thing? That’s broken. This is falling apart.” I am never thinking, “Wow this is so cool.” Later, if I can watch the video, I might go, “Wow look at how cool that is,” but as it’s happening — no, never.

I would like to have that frame of mind. More so now we stripped down the show a couple of months ago when we did the ‘Night of the Living Dreads’ with Korn that was actually more fun to play without all the stuff because then I could just get swept up in the crowd and the show. There wasn’t so many things to worry about technically to deal with because that’s really what’s going through my mind with the big show.

Read the rest of the interview: http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-festival-tips-talks-concert-dvd-new-album-progress/