Rob Zombie recently sat down with ArtistDirect.com for an exclusive interview about the characters on Hellbilly Deluxe 2, this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Korn, playing with Slipknot/ Murderdolls' Joey Jordison and why it'd be tough to make a movie about him.
On having characters in his songs, Zombie explains, "I always picture the songs visually in my mind for the most part. That's why I always like to have subject matter that could be spun off into a character, a comic book, a movie or anything. Once I can visualize a song, then I can write the lyrics, so it all comes together. It's harder for me when it's abstract in a way. It needs to be about something I can concretely visualize for me to really get into it."
As for his excitement in playing with Jordison on the Gruesome Twosome tour and Mayhem Fest, Zombie says, "We're very excited to start those shows... When a new guy who hasn't worked with us comes to rehearsal and sees us, he might think, "Oh these guys are boring." Then we go on stage, and it's like "BOOM! I didn't see that coming." [Laughs] I'm really excited for the first show to see Joey because there's a different energy that everyone brings live. The adrenaline kicks in, the crowd kicks in and you go nuts. Rehearsal is just a minor taste of what happens. We're really thrilled to have him in the band for the next however-many months. There's something about having him around where we just get a renewed energy with everything. Change is good, especially in a band, you know? When something like that happens, it always opens up new ways of thinking."
On reuniting with Korn after their 1999 tour together, Zombie contends, "Well, Rock is Dead was a really fun tour! I had a good time on that run. I didn't know the Korn guys at all before we did the tour and they're all super cool guys. I just ran into Jonathan Davis the other day. I don't even know when the last time I saw him was. He was like, "God, can you believe it's been eleven years since we did that tour?" I thought, "No, I can't!" That, I remember was a really good tour, so I'm looking forward to it. It'll be good because a lot of time has gone by but I don't think it's affected anybody. The show will be just as good as it ever was. This will be the same if not better than it ever was."
As for choosing a director to maybe one day shoot the Rob Zombie Story, Rob laughs, "I have no answer for that. Never in a million years have I even thought of something like that [Laughs]. I think it would probably be an incredibly boring movie because I never really tell anybody anything about myself and I really don't intend to. I don't think that movie could ever be made. Maybe Michael Moore… it would have to be an investigative documentary more than a drama."
Read the whole interview right here, and get your copy of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 now! Tickets for both the Gruesome Twosome Tour with Alice Cooper and Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival featuring headliners Rob Zombie and Korn are available now. Go here to get more information.