This past Tuesday HRH had the privilege to take part in a teleconference with the one and only Rob Zombie. Unlike the one on one interviews we have brought to our readers before, this time we were sitting with such heavyweights as MTV News, Billboard Magazine, AOL, Blabbermouth, and others. For over an hour Rob spent time talking about the various projects he has been working on.
Of course the subject of the upcoming massive 79 song White Zombie box set “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” was a popular topic. In regards to the box set Rob stated “You know I’ve been trying to put this together for a long time. But I would let everything take precedence over it. A movie or a new record, because I am not big on revisiting the past, I like to move forward all the time. I decided from the get go I would put every single thing that we recorded into the box set. Because for so many years people have been asking, “How do I get the old records?” Because the first chunk of our career never came out on CD. They were just limited edition vinyls that basically nobody has. The box set has every song of every vinyl record, every CD, every soundtrack, every finished recording that we thought was a finished mix. It’s nice to have everything out there for whoever wants it.”
As far as the title of the box set is concerned “It’s pretty self explanatory because I didn’t want everybody to think the box set was the beginning of something new. I wanted everyone to realize it was the end of something. There is really nothing more to be done, there are some crappy demos and other stuff they could release but they’re probably not worth listening to. This is probably the last thing that will come from the band for sure.”
None of the former members of White Zombie were involved in putting the box set together at all and Rob mentioned he hadn’t talked to anyone in the band since their last show together.
When the conversation turned to his still untitled new studio album, Rob said “We are almost finished and will probably be completely finished with the record before Christmas. This is the first time since White Zombie broke up that I actually recorded with a band. It’s the same guys that I have had for a couple of years John 5, Tommy Clufetos, and Piggy D. So the record has got a much more solid vibe and it’s just going to be a much more intricate and interesting record, just due to the fact that there are four people in the room all the time working and contributing. Great things usually come out of situations that we have a great vibe and that’s what’s going on here.” Rob also shared a couple of the song titles with us, those being “Jesus Frankenstein” and a favorite of the band called “Fixed Bubble Gum“. He stated there is no timetable for the album’s release date and there are also no plans as of yet for a tour but being on the road after next summer isn’t out of the question.
In case you didn’t know Rob does have a new single out and available for the masses that song being “War Zone” (Listen to the new single here) which can be found on the Punisher War Zone soundtrack. When talking about the new single “When it comes to doing a song for a movie there’s usually not a lot of time to write something new. But this time I was already in the studio recording. So they gave me a copy of the script so i would know what it was about and I just got in there and cranked it out.” Rob also thinks “War Zone” served as a kick in the ass to getting the album recorded. “We’ve been recording but we really hadn’t finished any songs so that song was a good kick in the ass to actually have to finish a song and it became the domino effect of finishing all the songs for the record.”
Almost anytime you are talking to Rob Zombie at some point in the conversation the subject of movies is going to come up and it was no different this time. When asked what his primary focus was right now Rob stated “It’s 50/50. Which ever one I am doing at that time is the most important thing to me, that’s why I do not try to do them simultaneously. When I am touring that is 100% what I am about and when I am making a movie that is 100% what I am about. But they are both equally important. Rob also said he has been approached several times about producing a sequel to Halloween but nothing is in the works. As far as other movie projects are concerned his long awaited project “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” is completely finished and he is now trying to figure out when is the best time for it to come out.
When asked about another movie project of his “Tyrannosaurus Rex“. Rob informed us “There is no plan, I haven’t really started it yet. The problem with “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is it was sort of announced way ahead of time unfortunately. So since it was out there I started talking about it a little bit. But that movie has not even started yet so there’s not too much to talk about.”
Like I said earlier the teleconference lasted over an hour but Rob was very gracious with his time and answering all the questions asked of him. From the sound of things Rob Zombie is going to be a very busy man over the next year if not longer.