Rob Zombie evolves with new film, book and music
FILE - This March 12, 2013 file photo shows musician-actor Rob Zombie talking about his new film "Lords of Salem" at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Zombie released his fifth studio album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” last month, and he plans to support the record with a summer tour of the states, and an appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — It's becoming harder and harder to define Rob Zombie.
The theatrical rocker who began his career with the '80s shock-rock band White Zombie has reinvented himself as a contemporary horror film master with new classics like "House of 1000 Corpses," its sequel, "The Devil's Rejects," and the recently released, "The Lords of Salem." And when the latter became the victim of budgetary constraints, Zombie turned to the written word for a more elaborate account of his witches' tale in a novel version of "The Lords of Salem" released in March.
Zombie then turned his attention back to music with his fifth studio album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Released last month, he plans to support the record with a summer tour of the states, and an appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil.
Zombie will switch gears again as he tackles some mainstream fare with "The Broad Street Bullies," a movie that covers the aggressive nature of the Philadelphia Flyers and their assault on the NHL culminating with back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in the 1970's. Zombie will write, produce, and direct the film.
Recently the 48-year old Zombie sat down with The Associated Press to talk about his music, movies, and whether he'll ever bring his sound and vision to the Broadway stage.
AP: How hard was it to transition from producing a movie to recording an album?
Rob Zombie: "The record was done at that point but what I did was I finished 'Lords of Salem,' I finished editing this movie in a barn, stripped the editing bay out, and moved the recording studio in. Went right into recording the record and just stayed away from California where we normally would record. We were out in the sticks. Stayed there for a couple months and this is the record we made and much like 'Lords of Salem' in a sense even though the projects aren't connected I feel they both have the same free spirit of like not worrying about you know, 'Oh, is this what anybody expects? Is this what anybody wants?' I always feel when you think that way that's usually when you do the best stuff because when you're not concerned.
AP: Your movies and music have a lot of fans here, but it seems you're appreciated more overseas. Any idea why?
Rob Zombie: I read this quote from Woody Allen and he was referring to the way Europeans have embraced cinema compared to Americans where in America you're only as good as your last thing is the way that they'll look at you, whereas in Europe you're only as good as your best thing. So, if the best thing you did was 20 years ago they'll still treat you like that's where you're at. It seems like that's just a different thought process. Americans are more like, 'What's new? What's the next thing?' Out with the old, in with the new perhaps. Over there you just feel that in the festivals and the shows are just bigger. Everything about the movie is a little bigger, a little more intense, and a little fanatical.