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Rob Zombie Praises Slipknot, Says Touring With Slayer Wasn’t A “Perfect Match”


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With his latest album “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” in stores today, April 29th, Rob Zombie has been doing the press rounds. A new interview conducted by hngn.com delves into that effort, his films and more. During the course of the chat Zombie also shares his opinion on the recent spate of deaths of influential rock stars. When asked how they (David Bowie, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Prince, etc.) have influenced him over the years, he responded:

David Bowie was probably the most – I don’t know if it was influential, there’s nothing in my music that would be influenced by Bowie – but as a figure, someone who I’ve listened to my whole my life. I’ve always liked him because he was following is own muse. He wasn’t following a trend, oh, this is what I should be doing. He made his own rules. All three of them, actually. That’s what’s great about all of them. You could say the same thing about Prince, and you could say the same thing about Lemmy.

The thing about Lemmy, look at Lemmy in Hawkwind, and look at Lemmy on the last Motorhead tour, and it seems like the same fuckin’ guy. Totally unaffected by the world around him. He knew what he was going to do, and that’s what he was going to do. And that’s how I feel. I don’t feel affected by what’s going on around me. And that’s what I admire most about all three of those people. Their creativity was its own vacuum. Disco didn’t affect Motorhead (laughs).”

When asked if he feels that the larger than life rock star is going extinct, he commented:

“I think it’s been happening for a long time, and I think the death of that became with grunge, truthfully. There seemed to be a trend in the ’90s, when Nirvana came out and these bands, everybody got confused by it and thought we need all our rock stars to look just like us. So what happened is was everybody started not looking different, acting different and being larger than life.

Everyone was like, oh, all the rock stars are so boring, I don’t care anymore (laughs). People go, oh my God, Prince; oh my God, Bowie; oh my God, Lemmy. Why is that? Because they were all larger than life. They weren’t just like you. They weren’t like you at all. That’s the goal. I don’t think anybody ever goes to a concert – I never did – boy I hope the guy that comes out on stage is just like me! I didn’t see anybody that was just like me as a kid. Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons and Elton John might as well have been from another fuckin’ planet as far as I was concerned, and that’s the way I liked it, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

He further commented of any breakout artists in that regard in the past two decades:

“Once and a while something happens. The last rock band or metal band that I can think of that really had a powerful look was Slipknot, you know? They didn’t go on stage like, we’re like everybody else. They came up with something that was fresh and new, and everybody was like, Yes! Something different! But it’s very rare these days. In fact sometimes I feel like younger bands are afraid to stand out. They think they’re supposed to adhere to some code of what they’re supposed to wear and how they’re supposed to act and what they’re supposed to sound like. It’s f-kin’ stupid. There’s no rules.”

Zombie also spoke of his somewhat recent touring packages and revealed that one past run in particular didn’t wasn’t exactly a perfect fit:

“Well, we haven’t done tours with Disturbed before so I don’t know how that’s going to be. I think it will be fine. We wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it would be a good match, but I haven’t done it. Korn, we’ve done at least four tours together before, and it’s great. Our audience, their audience, it’s a great mesh. Everything about it is a perfect mixture, so that’s why we love doing it. It’s hard to say. We did a tour with Marilyn Manson a few years ago and that was a really good match, Alice Cooper was a really good match, but sometimes you tour with a band you like, and you’re good friends with the guys, but the crowds just don’t match. You can really see the division in the crowd.”

When asked which tour specifically, he asked:

“We did the tour before that was us and Slayer. We’re good friends with Slayer, they’re all great guys, but for some reason on that tour it really felt like it’s our fans, and it’s their fans. Backstage was great and the vibe was great, there was nothing between the bands, but you could feel it wasn’t one solid crowd. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t the perfect match.”

Zombie‘s immediate touring plans include this run with Disturbed and Pop Evil and this summer tour with Korn and In This Moment.

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