Rob Zombie Reflections from Korn, The Pretty Reckless, Bill Moseley, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, and more
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:24:41
2013 will go down in history as another banner year for Rob Zombie.
The screen auteur and rock legend unleashed the explosive Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, The Lords of Salem film and book, decimated venues on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and the Night of the Living Dreads tour with Korn, and he launched his very own horror hub Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare in Pomona, CA from Oct 10-Nov 2—complete with the sickest mazes yet and performances by a myriad of artists including the man himself.
His impact remains undeniable. It's easy to see, hear, and feel Zombie's influence across the spectrum from heavy metal to horror. In fact, at this point, who doesn't owe a debt to him?
When did you first hear Rob Zombie or see one of his films? What made you a fan? Do you have any memories or thoughts you can share?
Jonathan Davis of Korn & KILLBOT
Jonathan Davis: I love Rob Zombie! I remember getting into White Zombie back in the day on La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1. "Thunderkiss '65" was so fucking heavy. Then, he did Astro-Creep: 2000, and that was a game-changer. It truly was. He always had the Satanic imagery with the pentagrams going on, and I love all of that shit. We did the Rock is Dead tour with him in 1999, and I'll never forget it. Mayhem Festival was sick too. I had a fucking blast remixing "Thunderkiss '65" last year. It was really cool to do.
Joey Jordison of Slipknot & Scar the Martyr
Joey Jordison: I really like everything Rob Zombie's done, and I had a killer time touring with him in 2010. La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 is awesome. That's how I discovered White Zombie. I loved Astro-Creep: 2000 though. It's just got some really heavy songs. Hellbilly Deluxe 2 was great, and Sinister Urge is sick. It's cool we played "Scum of the Earth" on tour together. I love that song.
Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen: I've always loved White Zombie and Rob Zombie. We used to walk on stage to "More Human Than Human", but I really became a fan when I saw The Devil's Rejects. It has got to be one of the best horror movies ever made!
Bill Moseley of House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
Bill Moseley: The first time I had heard of Rob Zombie was some time in the late nineties on MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head. Beavis and Butt-Head were rocking out to a White Zombie music video. I think it was "More Human Than Human". The video and the music fucking smoked! My next brush with Rob was in October 1999 when I MC'ed the Eyegore Awards at Universal Studios. I knew Rob was going to be one of the Eyegore recipients. When I told my 13-year-old daughter Jane, she insisted I bring her and her best buddy Jaclyn along. Jane loved Hellbilly Deluxe, and you bet she and Jaclyn had front row seats [Laughs]. Rob came out as the "Dragula" video played on a big screen in the back of the stage. He did a double take when he saw me. I was made up as Chop Top, my plate-scratchin' character from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. It turns out Rob was a big Chop Top fan. After the awards, the girls and I had fun talking to Rob and Sheri Moon, who was his girlfriend at the time, and his parents. A month later, Rob's manager Andy Gould called me at home to tell me that Rob's screenplay House of 1000 Corpses had just been green-lit by Universal. He asked if I'd like to act in it. It took me less than a second to say, "Fuck yes!"
For those of you who don't know, I went on to play Otis B. Driftwood in not only House of 1000 Corpses but its sequel The Devil's Rejects. I also had a cameo in Rob's music video for "Never Gonna Stop Me". I played the hunchbacked Dr. Von Strasser in Rob's fake trailer, "Werewolf Women of the SS" for the movie Grindhouse and a hapless guard who tangles with Michael Myers in his remake of Halloween. That alone would make me a fan of his films, but I've to say, I love working with him. He's got a crazy vision of what he wants, and he knows how to get the right performances from his actors. With Rob, I've never done better work or had more fun. And he always has great food on the set. Hey, if you want an actor to go above and beyond, just give him or her a good meal or two [Laughs].
Speaking of music, I loved the soundtrack Rob provided for House of 1000 Corpses. It had great songs and ambient music. It's a very fun and satisfying soundtrack. While Tyler Bates did an awesome job on the soundtrack of The Devil's Rejects, I've got to say I missed Rob's personal touch. Lord knows it's a lot of work on top of all the other aspects of movie-making he took on. What an incredible CD playlist Rob put together for Rejects! If he did nothing more with Rejects than to re-establish the dignity of "Free Bird," that would still be plenty! I was just listening to Terry Reid yesterday, and it brought back all those sweet memories of making that movie.
Okay, I'm a ringer. I love Rob Zombie. From his music to his incredible live shows to his movie-making to his beautiful and talented wife Sheri, I'm a fan. I hope he lives forever because you know he's going keep on coming up with the coolest shit, and I for one want to stick around that long to enjoy it!
Derek Mears of Friday the 13th, Predators, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Derek Mears: When I first heard Rob Zombie's music, I thought the devil had sex with heavy metal and gave birth to a "Thunder Kiss" baby in my ears!
David Draiman of Disturbed & Device
David Draiman: I went to go see White Zombie at the Avalon in Chicago before I knew who the hell they were! It was a tiny little club. There were maybe a hundred people there—if that. I immediately had a crush on Sean Yseult. I'd never seen a female bass player rocking fishnets and playing the bass as sexy as that [Laughs]. Rob Zombie was all over the place—as he always is. He's a great showman. He really knows how to whip up a crowd. I remember being very impressed that night and going home and trying to see where I could find more music. I was blown away the first time I saw them.
Ville Valo of H.I.M.
Ville Valo: I've always been a huge fan of Rob Zombie's music. I loved his first solo albums. Astro-Creep: 2000 was the first time a heavy duty rock band that were cooler than cool all of a sudden incorporated electronics into their music. It took a long time for people to get it. I saw White Zombie live back in 1995 with Soundgarden, Kyuss, and a couple of other bands in Helsinki. That was mind-blowing. They did this package tour. Soundgarden finished it up. There were like eight bands. It started at two o'clock in the afternoon with Kyuss playing for 20 minutes. It was a long day that was well worth it. Hellbilly Deluxe is at least as good as Astro-Creep: 2000. That came out when I was going to rock clubs and starting to rehearse. It was the constant soundtrack to it. I adore his stuff. I dig his films too. I want to see The Lords of Salem. I love that he's a Renaissance Man, but he doesn't brag about it. I think that's interesting. Basically, for me, he's still a musician. So, I'm waiting for another great Rob Zombie album to come out. I have my faith in Rob.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: As far as I'm concerned, Rob Zombie is one of the greatest artists of all-time. It's been an honor to tour with him. I saw White Zombie and Pantera together back in the day, and that was an amazing concert. A few years back, I got the opportunity to sit down and eat lunch with Rob and pick his brain about movies and stuff while we were on tour. That was incredible.
Heidi Shepherd, Carla Harvey, & Henry Flury of Butcher Babies
Heidi Shepherd: As a young kid, I was not allowed to watch MTV. So naturally I snuck into my basement late at night to watch the music videos and trashy TV shows. My first glimpse into Rob Zombie was the music video for "Dragula". I loved his look and the demonic sound of his music. I was instantly hooked to not only his music, but also his look and how he took music into a theatrical realm. Rob Zombie has a very creative and dark imagination. From his music to his movies, it's impossible to not be intrigued and love everything that he releases. My favorite album is his first solo album Hellbilly Deluxe. That album captures the many creative directions of Rob Zombie.
Carla Harvey : The first White Zombie album was the soundtrack to my early teenage years. Rob was this dreadlocked man in freaking bell bottoms, singing dance metal anthems about all the things I loved: cars, horror and women. I was sold!
Henry Flury: Hellbilly Deluxe was my first big Zombie album. I had never heard anything that created such a visual. Listening to it you actually felt like you were in a horror movie.
Jon of Winds of Plague
Jon: I just went to Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, and it was all crazy metal heads having a great time at this Halloween event. We're playing it as our record release show. We grew up with bands like Rob Zombie and Slipknot.
Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta
Jonathan Bates: I did a remix of White Zombie's "More Human Than Human" a couple of months ago. It was such a weird thing to get the stems to a song and go, "Holy shit, this is like my childhood here!" That was a lot of fun to do. It's a classic song. Fucking with the stems to get his voice separated was quite a trip.
Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3
Nathaniel Motte: I grew up listening to Rob Zombie. It's surreal to be playing The Great American Nightmare. I first heard him in back in the day. I was a huge Nine Inch Nails fan, and I know those crews hung out. That must've been in elementary or middle school. We met Danny Lohner a while back, and he was part of Hellbilly Deluxe. He gave us all kinds of cool stories!
Scott Ian of Anthrax
Scott Ian: The first time I heard White Zombie was some time in the early nineties. It was great they actually opened for us in 1993 when we were touring on The Sound of White Noise. That was awesome!
Yelawolf: I love Rob Zombie's imagery. Anybody who can make daytime look scary like he did with The Devil's Rejects has got a real talent. His movies are grimy and country-scary.
John Boecklin of DevilDriver
John Boecklin: The first time I heard White Zombie was on Headbangers Ball with their music video for "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker/Psycholic Slag". I immediately began saving my lunch money for a week or so, stole five bucks from my sister, took the train into Boston, and bought La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1. It was love on first listen. I eventually began collecting everything and anything on the band and had an impressive shrine going. Finding "Soulcrusher" on vinyl was my last great find. White Zombie was also the first band I saw with real production—pyro for days. Anyways, White Zombie did simple and did it better than anyone in metal. I learned a lot about songwriting from them. One riff, if good enough, is all you fucking need sometimes [Laughs].
Sid Wilson of Slipknot & The Miami Vice Sound Crack
Sid Wilson: I was into White Zombie, and that's how I found Rob Zombie. I dug it all. I'm an MTV baby so I got into everything. When I was touring with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, I was playing some pretty brutal DJ music. It was as far away from techno as I could get [Laughs]. It was brutal noisecore glitch jungle metal overload in your face. I loved that tour. Every night, Rob was just like, "How is that so loud?" [Laughs]
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
Lzzy Hale: I remember playing with Rob Zombie in Springfield, IL at a festival, and it was amazing. That was the last time I got to watch him.
Aaron Nordstrom of Gemini Syndrome
Aaron Nordstrom: I remember hearing "Thunderkiss '65" in someone's car as a teenager. We drove around the suburbs as kids listening to music. I never got to see White Zombie live. My first experience was seeing Rob Zombie at OZZfest 1999. It was an interesting sound. He was able to combine electronics and heavy music. Obviously, Rob's voice is so incredibly unique. That's what makes a great singer and separates him from the masses.
Wednesday 13: I remember I got La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 when I was 15-years-old. I wasn't driving or anything [Laughs]. That was a big moment for me.
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