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Rob Zombie: Q&A

In 2011, Rob Zombie talked to Classic Rock about working with Alice Cooper, having a pop at Ozzy and making movies

Rob Zombie’s stock has seemingly never been higher. Having made serious headway into the UK album chart in the 90s with the White Zombie Records Astro-Creep: 2000... and Supersexy Swingin Sounds, the former leader of that band is not only leading his own band – featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Joey Jordison – but is also heavily involved in directing movies and TV shows, as well as creating a series of comics. Now he’s getting ready for his first UK tour in 12 years. One that’s already sold out.

Does being involved in so many different areas of creativity make music even more special to you?

Actually it does. I love making music and being on stage. When I come back to it after directing a movie, it always brings home how much I enjoy this. I’m probably at my happiest in a band situation.

You recently toured America with Alice Cooper under the banner the Gruesome Twosome. Is there any chance of that package coming over to the UK?

That was just so special. To get the chance to tour with the man who is the reason I joined a band in the first place... It was so strange.

I also got the chance to go into the studio with Alice and do some vocals for his new album [Welcome To My Nightmare II]. Getting the chance to work with him and producer Bob Ezrin – that’s a classic combination, and it turned out to be so much fun.

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