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Rob Zombie Says He Won’t Be Playing Any Songs From His New Album On Summer Tour


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While Rob Zombie completed his new album some time ago, the potential release plans for it still remain unclear it seems. Zombie signed with Nuclear Blast for the release of the album late last year with a 2019 release being eyed at the time.

With a big summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Palaye Royale kicking off tonight (July 09th), some fans were hoping to at least hear some new music from it on the trek. It would appear that’s not the case however as Zombie recently told Revolver that he wouldn’t be playing any new songs on the aforementioned trek. When asked about that directly, he stated:

“Absolutely not. [Laughs] First of all, nobody wants to go to concerts and hear songs they don’t know. Nobody — and if they say they do, they’re full of shit! Second, if you do that, everybody films it and puts it on YouTube, and starts prejudging something they don’t even know about. When we do put it out, we’ll put it out perfectly: You’ll have your record, your artwork, your videos and yada, yada, yada …”

Instead, Zombie once again appears to be intending to roll out the album alongside an extensive series of music videos and such as he has done in the past. He commented of those plans:

“The record is done, and the movie [‘3 From Hell’] is done, and now we’re just figuring out how to release these things, and deal with them while still being on tour. With a record, even though MTV and all these old concepts are gone, you still need to make a shit-ton of video content, because that’s how people get to the music. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to find time to do all that.”

When asked if making an album now still means as much for him as it did 30 years ago, he replied:

“Um, yes and no. Artistically, creating the songs feels better than ever — like, it’s more fun to make a record, and to get together with the guys in the band. The band I have now, we’ve all been together a long time — this is the longest I’ve ever worked with the same group of people in my life, and [guitarist] John 5 is the musician I’ve worked with longer than anyone, ever.

I think we’ve been working together for, I don’t know what it is, 14 years or something? So that part of it, creating music, is great. And when we play live, our new and our old songs blend together in a way that, if you didn’t know any of our songs, you wouldn’t know the difference, because our fans are so reactive. A newer song, like ‘Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.,’ will get as big of a reaction during our show as ‘Dragula,’ and I dig that.

But as far as releasing records, where it’s this big deal, like, ‘Oh my god, your billboard is in front of Tower Records, and you’re gonna do an in-store, and 5,000 people are gonna show up!’ —That sort of thing is gone. It does sort of seem like you’re releasing it in a vacuum. But at the same time, you make these videos, they go on YouTube, and you go, “Oh, look, 40 million views! I don’t remember getting 40 million spins on MTV …”

So, in some ways, more people are enjoying your music — you just don’t feel it until you finally play a show. So it’s all good. It’s just different. I can’t complain about the music business. When I hear people complain about it, I just want to jump out a window. It is what it is, and it’s all good. [Laughs] It’s always changing, man. And if you’re gonna sit around and complain about the changes, the friggin’ parade is going to pass you by.”

There is a chance you will be hearing at least one ‘new’ track on Zombie‘s ‘Twins Of Evil: Hell Never Dies Tour‘ though as Zombie previously sought suggestions for a song to cover with Marilyn Manson on this year’s run. The two previously covered The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” live on last year’s edition of the tour.

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