Rob Zombie Discusses "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" And His Upcoming Movie Schedule
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Without question one of the most iconic names in the rock and metal scene, Rob Zombie has had a huge impact on the musical landscape. Between working with the legendary White Zombie, moving on to a successful solo career, directing gore-heavy horror flicks, and getting to see Sherri Moon Zombie perform strip teases on something other than a TV screen, Rob lives most metal fan’s dream life.
Rob has been a busy little zombie of late directing “Halloween 2,” releasing the animated film “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto,” and preparing to unleash his new solo album “Hellbilly Deluxe 2.” I recently had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Rob Zombie where he answered a series of questions about the new album and his plans for upcoming movies.
Even though it hasn’t been released yet, the band has already kicked off a massive U.S. tour in support of “Hellbilly Deluxe 2.” Although the current tour is only confirmed through December Rob stated that more dates will be added shortly and that they are projected to be on the road for nearly a year. While discussing how the upcoming tour will have a different mix of songs and a new stage show he mentioned L.A. fans are in for a special treat on the October 31st date. Apparently he plans to painstakingly re-create the Halloween party scene from his most recent flick “Halloween 2” in the Palladium. My first thought was “with all the exposed breasts and underage drinking and everything?” Hopefully that’s
not what he meant.
While on the subject of that time honored holiday, Rob went on to discuss a few more serious issues. Like how he hates it when people hand out toothbrushes or dental floss to trick or treaters. That’s a social position that all hard rocking metal heads can agree on. Keep up the good fight Rob!
The round of questions headed back to the new album and the announcement that its release is being postponed. While “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” was originally intended to be released on November 17th, 2009 it was inexplicably pushed back to early 2010. Rob remained cryptic in his responses about the reason for the delay and stated that his label wasn’t fully read to release the album and didn’t have enough time to promote it yet. He also side stepped questions about the unnamed big announcement that had been referenced on his MySpace blog about the album delay. The reason became clear recently when Rob officially announced that he was leaving Geffen, his label of 18 years, to release the new album through Roadrunner Records instead.
Reaction to the new single “What?” has been mixed so far, and those who haven’t liked it may not be surprised by Rob’s description of how the song was created. Rob commented "The first single 'What?' was something we walked in one morning and went 'Oh this could be cool.' We wrote the song in five minutes and recorded it and were done with it by lunch time and that becomes the single." He also went on to say "When you hear a recording from the ‘60s like a garage band it sounds terrible. The sort of terribleness of the sound just feeds into the energy of it all. We left it sounding raw. We could have made it sound super slick but then it wouldn’t have sounded as good."
Fans who were disappointed by the single may have more to look forward to however, as Rob went on to explain the amount of time that went into the rest of the album. He also had high praise for guitarist John 5, stating that the audience won’t realize at first that what sounds like synthesizer work is actually John’s guitar playing. Rob was asked in several different instances how he felt about some of the negative reaction to his newer works and how he changes his sound between records. His response was "I am always a fan of things sounding different. Even with artists sometimes when they change their sound and I get the record and I don’t like it I might go back to it a year later and suddenly it’s my favorite record. I just wasn’t ready for the change at the time." Some fans may need more than a year for “Educated Horses” to become their favorite record.
Moving on to movies Rob made a proclamation that will please some but disappoint others. He stated unequivocally that he is done making more Halloween sequels. Fans who want to see more Halloween still have the director’s cut of Halloween 2 to look forward to, which has a completely different ending than the theatrical version. On the subject of the director's cut he stated "This is the version I always wanted it to be. When people see this the movie will make even more sense. The first thing that get’s sacrificed in the studio process is the character stuff, those moments that really enrich the story. We went back and added a lot more layers to the movie."
It had been previously reported that his next film is to be a remake of The Blob (and somehow without using a big red blobby thing?), but Rob cast some doubt on that notion by saying "There’s some truth to it. If I am doing that I don’t know when I would be doing that. There’s truth to it but I don’t know when or where it will happen. That’s the thing with movies. They take a long time to get made and something completely unexpected could come up in the mean time."
There was no mention of the missing-in-action “Tyrannosaurs Rex,” which was supposed to be released in August but then disappeared. Rob also mentioned how he may be branching out and trying a different genre in the future, stating that fans will be shocked if the next film he wants to make is the film he actually gets to make. Unfortunately that little teaser was left hanging and there wasn’t any further elaboration.
One of the other attendees at the conference call came out with a hard hitting question that many fans who aren’t enamored with remakes have been asking for some time now. Rob had this response when asked how he would feel if someone in the future remakes one of his first two films: "When you hear someone cover your song, even if you don’t like it it’s kind of fun to hear. I don’t really know how I’ll feel, but hopefully I’ll feel good about it."
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