Friday, July 15, 2011

Rob Zombie on The Lords of Salem, comedy specials, and directing laundry detergent commercials

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM


Rob Zombie and his band of gothed-out musicians (John 5, Piggy D. and Ginger Fish) recently returned from Zombie's first European tour in almost 12 years. They'll soon embark on their 12-city "Hell on Earth" North American tour with Slayer. The commander of living dead girls, rotting flesh, and perverted and horrific films will grace us with his dark presence on Saturday, July 16, at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone. We recently spoke with Zombie about his upcoming tour and film (The Lords of Salem), band members, and why he's directing and creating un-Zombie-like commercials and comedy specials these days.

The Pitch: You and the band recently returned from Europe?

Rob Zombie: We finished up our European tour. We've been back

in the states for a couple weeks. We have a couple weeks before we head

back out on tour.

Is there anything about this upcoming tour you're excited about?

Yeah. I mean, we're always excited. It's funny. No matter how many

shows we've played or how many times we've done this, I mean, every time

a tour is starting, it's always exciting. It's weird. It never gets old

I assume if it did, you'd probably stop touring.

Yeah. I mean, sometimes I see bands, and they look bored, and I can

never figure out why or how. Predominantly, a lot of this tour takes

place in Canada, which will be fun because we love going to Canada, but

we love playing everywhere. There's really nothing negative about

anything we do. So, you know, overall we're excited about everything.

Touring with Slayer is fun because we've known those guys forever. It's

all positive.

Now that Ginger is in the lineup, how has he changed the overall sound? And has he recorded anything with you guys yet?

He hasn't done any recording yet. He will, but he hasn't done

anything yet. As far as being in the band, he's really added -- most of

our songs have a strong groove factor to them, and he's a very groove-oriented drummer, which is nice because you can really hear it.

Especially with some of the older songs. That's a big plus. And I think

when it comes down to recording, he'll be a big factor, too, because -- in

fact, it's strange -- I'm still really getting to know Ginger. I

haven't known him very long, but as I discover more and more about him,

he's very technically proficient as far as programming and things of

that nature, so I think he'll play a big factor on the next record. As

far as it goes right now, he's a really good fit for what we needed.

You direct and write music. What's the difference in the

creation process? Is it similar or is it different? Do each inform each


It's both. It's similar in the fact that any creative venture, you

start with basically an idea -- an idea for the song, an idea for

anything, and you have to figure out how to get it from this tiny idea

in your mind to a finished product that will one day be put in front of

people. So, that part's the same. The sort of creative process. As far

as the nuts and bolts, that's very, very different. Writing songs and

working with a band is a very small project, and you sort of have the

four people in the band, and maybe a producer. That's pretty much all that

comes into it. But with a movie, you've got hundreds and hundreds of

people working on it around the clock, so it becomes a much, much bigger


What sparked your interest for your new film?

It's an idea I've had for a long time and really what started the

idea -- I started messing with the idea maybe five years ago? I was out

of town staying someplace, and in the lobby of the hotel, there was a little

area where they sold gifts from the gift store, and I bought a book on

the Salem witch trials and I started reading it. I'm from Massachusetts, so I'd already known about it, but that book started

to rekindle my interest in it and started the whole thing.

I know you've cast a few of the same actors in some of your films. Will anyone from previous films be in the upcoming project?

I'm not sure yet. I haven't cast the new film.

I read that you said this film will be darker than your other films.

Some of your previous movies have had a bit of camp or humor. Will this

one be very dark and have no humor at all?

Well, I mean, I hate camp. So I never try to make anything campy. I

thought my last film especially was a pretty dismal affair. I don't actually like

humor in horror movies. I think it underscores the films a lot of times.

Usually when people list their favorite horror movies, they're movies

that have no humor in them whatsoever. I don't remember any funny

stuff in The Exorcist. So, this movie is pretty bleak. I mean, maybe

there are moments of humor between the characters, but that sort of

comes naturally from the characters.

Anything else new you're working on? I know you directed

a Woolite commercial awhile back. Is there any other kind of thing

that would be unexpected that you would like to try to do in the future

that would expand your creative boundaries?

Well I don't have anything planned for the future. Probably the next

thing that's coming out that's different for me is I directed a stand-up comedy special for

Tom Papa for Comedy Central. That will probably be on TV in the fall. That was pretty exciting and very different. But really

the rest of my year is finishing these shows, and then the movie will

just dominate everything.


Saturday's show is all-ages. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $9.89. As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Hammerlord, and Troglodyte will support.

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