Rob Zombie Talks Tour With Marilyn Manson, Upcoming Album + More
We recently announced the Twins of Evil Tour featuring none other than co-headliners Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Set to kick off at the Desert Uprising Festival in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 28, there is no question this trek will be one for the ages.
As if this tour isn’t enough for Zombie, he is also gearing up for the release of ‘Mondo Sex Head,’ a remix album, on Aug. 7. On top of that, he’s in the studio working on a new album and wrapping things up with his latest movie, ‘Lords of Salem,’ and just snagged the rights to the ice hockey film ‘Broad Street Bullies.’
Somehow, we squeezed our way into Zombie’s busy schedule and grabbed a few minutes to catch up on the multiple projects he’s working on this year. The rocker / director filled us in on all things Rob Zombie.
Let’s get right into it. We broke the news on Loudwire of your upcoming tour with Marilyn Manson. How did the Twins of Evil Tour come about?
It’s a very obvious tour that we’ve been talking about for a long time. I don’t know why it didn’t happen sooner. You know, it’s kind of like the Alice Cooper tour that I did where it just seemed like the obvious tour. We talked about it for years at a time but it just never happened. I don’t know. Finally the schedules made sense and we were able to get it together. It’s going to be great, I’m very excited about it. There aren’t many touring partners left that you can find, so this is going to be a really good one.
What kind of surprises can fans expect from this tour? Do you think you’ll be debuting any new music?
I don’t know if we’ll be playing any new music; I’m not sure yet since we haven’t started rehearsals. We’re going to mix it up, though. We’ll have a new stage set, new props, new things, new set lists. There will be a lot of new stuff. We’re trying to revamp our whole show. As far as what I’m doing, we’re revamping everything.
Your current band lineup is full of established, respected musicians. What do they bring to the table?
The main thing they bring to the table is just their attitude. It goes without saying that they’re really great musicians, which they are. Obviously John 5 in particular is a phenomenal guitar player, he’s one of the best. But that’s not always what you need in a band. It’s just their attitudes and their vibes. It works. That’s why I’m so excited about the band now and the new record and everything. It’s really, really difficult to get the right chemistry in a band, and it doesn’t always make sense why it’s the right chemistry. Sometimes you think it’s a person who would be perfect for the band but he’s not. Right now, though, it’s the perfect combination of personalities. Everybody knows their jobs and fills their niche and makes it work. There are no egos. There are no problems. There is no arguing. Most bands are always arguing and mad at each other about something. There are no problems ever. It’s just the greatest.
With John 5 and Ginger Fish in your band, do you think we’ll see an all-star jam between you and Manson?
I don’t know. We don’t have anything planned at this point, but who knows. Maybe. You never know. Alice Cooper and I did some stuff on tour but none of it was planned, so you just never know.
I think I can speak for all of your fans when I say that would be absolutely killer to see you and Manson collaborate onstage. Do you have a favorite Manson track?
I really liked their first record [‘Portrait of an American Family’]. There are some great songs on that. ‘Lunchbox’ was a really great track. It’s usually the early stuff of bands that you like because it’s the first stuff you hear, it’s really fresh. Obviously I like all of their hits. ‘Rock is Dead’ was a really good song, ‘Mechanical Animals’ was a really strong record. They just have a lot of great tracks.
Let’s move on to your next full-length studio album. Where are you in terms of progress and what can fans expect?
We’ve been working on it for awhile, we’re pretty deep into it. I’m hoping to have it done before we leave for tour. We may not have it mixed, but we’ll have the whole record recorded by then. It feels like one of those records that are special. It’s hard to describe. Every once in awhile you have to feel like it’s a significant record. With White Zombie, we made a lot of records but it was when we made ‘Astro Creep: 2000,’ it felt like this was the one, this was our significant record at the moment. Then with me, when I did my first record, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe,’ that felt significant.
Sometimes you make records and they have good songs and they’re cool, but they don’t feel like game-changing records for your career. This new record feels like the beginning of something, like everything has been leading up to this record to be the next significant record for the future, the next chapter of what I’m going to do. I don’t know why. Sometimes you just get in creative spurts. You can always write songs, sometimes you have to force them, but sometimes everything is just working great. This is one of those times. It just feels special.
Any idea when the record will be released?
Not yet. I mean, right now, the tour is kind of getting in the way. Probably when we’re done with the Manson tour. Probably sometime after that.
Well, fans won’t have to wait long for your upcoming remix album, ‘Mondo Sex Head.’ It’s set to be released Aug. 7 and is full of reworked versions of your songs. The first track released was Korn’s Jonathan Davis’ remix of ‘Thunder Kiss ’65’. Tell me a bit about that.
I’ve know Jonathan for awhile, I’ve toured with Korn a bunch. I met him in ’98 and then toured with them, actually my first solo tour was with Korn. When this record came up it came to my attention that Jonathan wanted to do one of the remixes because he was doing the whole DJ thing. I thought that was great because if there is anyone who understands collaborations, it’s him. He wanted to do ‘Thunder Kiss’ and I thought it came back great. Out of all the remixes, that is probably the truest to the original song. You know, some of the other remixes get going off in a crazy direction. I thought it turned out really well.
I’ve listened to the album and must say, the remix of ‘Foxy Foxy’ is definitely my favorite. I’m really digging it.
Yeah, I think I actually like the remix better than the original song.
Before I let you go, I want to take a step back in time to the days of White Zombie. I heard a story that one time on tour, a hotel manager was screaming so much at you that he actually had a heart attack. Is that true?
Yeah, that happened in San Antonio. I always remember it because we were staying right around the Alamo and I had never been to San Antonio before. It’s totally true. It was back in the days when we were traveling in a van and we were trying to pack too many people into a hotel room. The hotel manager, this old guy, came in and was screaming and freaking out. We were literally like, “Dude, calm down, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack.” And he did. Strange but true.