Rob Zombie to perform Saturday at Big Sandy Arena
Rob Zombie has, in recent years, certainly diversified his creative portfolio, adding "filmmaker" and "author" to "rock star."
Nearly 30 years after starting the horror and sci-fi movie-inspired industrial rock/metal band White Zombie, and almost 20 years after going solo, for Zombie, getting back out on tour, enjoying being in a rock band again, is what it's all about.
Speaking over the phone before a show later that night in Casper, Wyo., as part of the "Night of the Living Dreads" tour with opening act Korn, Zombie said he and his band are having fun.
"It's a blast," he said of this, his band's third tour with Korn.
"They're all great guys, and I think the music is very compatible," Zombie said. "A lot of times, you tour with bands, and the bills don't really always make sense. But this is a great match."
Rob Zombie and Korn will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Much like taking a story and adapting it to the big screen, Zombie said the production and theatrics of his live shows can be subject to change, based on necessity more than anything.
"It's different, and always changing," he said of his live shows. "We always adapt the shows to the venues. We had a certain show out on (Rockstar Energy) Mayhem (Festival) this summer, and that show can't fit into a lot of the places we're playing on this tour. So we scaled it into something different. It's always changing."
Now with several years of experience as a filmmaker under his belt, six feature films to date, including his most recent, "The Lords of Salem," Zombie said comparing the two creative mediums, records and films, is like night and day.
"Well, making a movie is far more difficult than making a record," he said as if stating the obvious. "I mean, a record is something that just takes a couple of people, you go in and you record music; it's a pretty small process. The creative process is similar but the actual work part of it is small.
"Making a movie, is just a huge undertaking," he added. "You have a very small time frame, you have hundreds of people working on it, around the clock; it's much more intense.
"With music, all you have to do is, make music. With a movie, you always are out to make the music, shoot the film, edit the film, work with the actors," Zombie said with increasing stress describing the process. "I mean, it just goes on and on with everything that needs to be done. It doesn't even compare."
As far as making music, Zombie welcomed ex-Marilyn Manson members, guitarist John 5, and drummer Ginger Fish (along with bassist Piggy D.) into his band in recent years.
In April, Zombie released his fifth solo record, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor," on his own imprint, Zodiac Swan, part of Universal Music. The record debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, no doubt adding to the 15 million records he's sold worldwide.
Zombie said having his own label and being in a band in the Internet age is a "double-edged sword."
"It doesn't really make any difference," he said of whether he has his own label or not.
"At this point, umm, releasing records is almost, you just do it for the love of music. Because unfortunately, umm," Zombie said pausing with a mixture of fondness and matter-of-fact sadness, "for good or for bad the Internet has kind of destroyed the record business, and the music business on that front."
"You know, almost, it's weird," he said, pausing longer, "it almost feels like it's even pointless to make them, at times."
While the Internet has of course changed the music industry's business model, asked about social media and fan participation (Zombie used fan-submitted footage for his band's version of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band," on the new record) he said that helps make up for it.
"That's one of the plusses of it all, you know? Because, before, pretty much, you could only interact with your fans one on one, which, we still do. But you can't interact with people from other countries all the time. It just opened it up more, to a wider variety of people.
"It used to be it was backstage, or in the parking lot," he said. "Now it's much more expansive, which is cool. It's kind of a double-edged sword. As much as the Internet destroyed sort of a community feeling of music, that aspect helps bring it back, which I do like."
Getting back to, or keeping that feeling of being on stage, sharing rock and roll with fans is what it's all about, Zombie said.
"I think that's the thing," he said. "I mean, I've never lost the feeling that I had as a kid that everybody can relate to: living in some boring town, and everything about your life is boring, except music. You know, now it could be on the Internet, but before, it was like going to the record store and buying a record, but the thrill of it is still the same. I never lost that.
"I love music; I love playing, I love the experience. No matter what comes or goes trend wise, you can't take away the live experience. That will always be the same. It's the crowd, and us, and you go. That's what I love about it."
Night of the Living Dreads
WHAT: Rob Zombie "Night of the Living Dreads Tour" with Korn and opener Scar The Martyr
WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23
WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington
GET TICKETS: At the BSSA box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Tickemaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000
AFTER THE SHOW: The V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington hosts an after party with the CD release party for Sangoma's new CD, "Diviner." Also on the bill is Horseburner and Last Days of Sun. Cover is $5. Show starts at 10 p.m. Read an interview with Sangoma in the Friday Life section.
ON DECK @ AT THE ARENA: Nov. 21, Florida-Georgia Line (sold out); Nov. 25, city of Huntington Christmas Tree Lighting; Nov. 29-30, 56th Model Railroad Show; Nov, 29, Martina McBride's Joy of Christmas; and Dec. 6 Lion's Club Arts and Crafts Show.
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