Rob Zombie is one of rock’s busiest men, continually balancing recording, touring, and a career as a movie director. During one of Zombie’s brief breaks in his schedule, he took a few minutes to chat with ‘Loudwire Nights’ host, Full Metal Jackie, about his upcoming book release, ’The Zombie Horror Picture Show’ and it’s accompanying DVD & Blue-Ray, his plans regarding a Manson Family project and more. Check out this excerpt from Full Metal Jackie’s chat with Rob Zombie below.
“Rob, there’s going to be a photo book as a companion piece. What makes it a necessary important part of the experience?
It’s really different. The book kind of happened by accident, I got a request from a photographer Rob Fenn, who was like, “Oh I want to come on the tour with you and shoot a whole book of photos,” and he pitched it to me and my first response was, “No f—ing way, I do not want a camera in my face for the next two months.” Then I thought about it, and I was looking at some photo books that I have and really love.
There’s a really good Elton John book that John 5 gave me from the ’70s. It was so cool and I said we had to do it. Yeah, we let him come on the road. He’s a really cool guy. We let him everywhere. We never let anyone backstage, we never let anyone on the bus, we never let anyone at the hotels, we never let anyone onstage. We let him go everywhere and it — it just captured everything. People say, “Oh I wonder what it would be like to…” It goes back to when I was a kid asking, “Oh, I wonder what it was like to be in a band.”
I wonder what it’s like to do all of this. This book really shows you. A lot of cool stuff happens during the course of the tour that you don’t expect. Like, Mick Mars came on stage one night, in Nashville and played ‘We’re an American Band.’ We got some cool pictures of that. Or the guys from Korn will wander on stage. We got pictures of that. People backstage, the chaos that happens on the road and it’s finally cool to have it captured really nice black and white photos.”
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