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Zombie-Megadeth tour is a reunion of sorts

By Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Published: Monday, May 21, 2012

Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012

 

ST. LOUIS — Seeing Rob Zombie and Megadeth co-headlining a major tour this summer might seem like a reunion of the hard-driving rock legends.

The tour is billed as their first time touring together since the early ‘90s, but Zombie suggests that hype may be overstated.

“Sadly, we really didn’t tour together that much. We only did three shows, one weekend back in ‘91, or maybe it was ‘92,” he says. He was fronting White Zombie at the time.

“And we haven’t crossed paths since,” he says. “Everybody feels like they know everybody. But some bands you have a relationship with and some bands you don’t.”
Zombie’s set on the tour is as full-blown as fans would expect.

“At no point do we want anyone to think it’s anything less,” he says of the 75-minute set, which will be packed with pyro, video and blasting music.

After the tour, Zombie and his band — John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish — will enter the recording studio next month to work on the follow-up to “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” (2010). Zombie says the record will be organic and raw; he believes technology has made records so perfect that they’ve become boring.

“It’s so easy to do big-sounding records now,” he says. “You can record a massive-sounding record in your bedroom. That’s interesting to a certain degree, but that’s not really me.”
Fans would like to see a White Zombie reunion, but anyone who knows Zombie knows that won’t happen.

“The main reason is there’s no point in it,” he says. “Most of the time bands unite because they’re broke and need the money. I know a lot of people think they want to see it. They’re picturing White Zombie when they were kids and White Zombie was 24. But you don’t really want to see White Zombie when everyone is 50 doing a run for the money.”
Adds Zombie, “I don’t want to ruin it. It’s better to leave things alone.”
He has his hands full anyway, also keeping his film career a priority. Next up for director Zombie is “The Lords of Salem,” a horror film about the execution of a group of 1600s-era witches, whose curse on their executioners plays out on their ancestors. The film is in post-production and is made in conjunction with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.

Zombie also has the distinction of killing off Octavia Spencer’s character in his 2009 remake of “Halloween II.” At the time, the actress was relatively unknown; she later won an Academy Award for “The Help.”
“I love her, and we had a great time working together,” he says. “She was excited to be in a horror movie and to be murdered by Michael Myers.”

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