Mike Savoia

ROCK BLOG: Rob Zombie - Rockin' our world for 32 years and counting

July 19, 2017

Mike Savoia

I often get asked "Who is your favorite band/musician?".  I always pause, then name off 3 or 4 different bands, but Rob Zombie always makes the cut.  His music, stage antics, along with his horror movies have always been right up my alley, as I am a fan of all things horror.  White Zombie was my first real concert.  It was 1995 in Omaha, Nebraska, and I was a Junior in High School.  A few of us made the 2 hour road trip.  As we were were walking up to the arena, I remember seeing a ton of protesters, mostly saying that White Zombie was the devil.  This made me even more stoked to go in and see the show.  I figured if people were putting up such a fuss over a band, they MUST be AWESOME!  I pushed my way through the crowd, and got right in front of the stage.  Throughout the performance, I forgot about where I was.  Fire, costumes, crazy devil backgrounds, lights and insane energy.  White Zombie delivered an out of mind experience.  I was HOOKED.  To this day, that show is still the best show I've ever been to.  

Check out White Zombie on The Late Show w/ David Letterman - 1995.  I'd love to know more about how things were backstage for this appearance!  Haha!

In 1998, White Zombie officially disbanded after 13 years together.  Rob Zombie released his solo debut album, Hellbilly Deluxe in August 1998, which produced one of  my all time favorite Zombie songs, "Dragula"!!!  As soon as the intro to this song starts, you can't help but crank it UP.  LOVE this song!!  

I have always been a horror movie junkie, so when House of 1000 Corpses released in 2003, I hit up Blockbuster right away.  I had never seen a horror movie like it before, and I've seen THOUSANDS of them.  I distinctly remember feeling uneasy and dirty throughout the movie, so I watched it again as soon as it ended.  I watched the damn movie 5 times in 2 days!  Horror movies never get good reviews, and this one was bashed for being too violent, etc.  Come on, it's supposed to be violent... it's a HORROR movie, people!  He just took it to the next level, which is f*cking RAD!  Years later,  House of 1000 Corpses gained a cult following, and was even noted by some as one of the best horror movies ever made.  Uh... DUH!  The sequel, The Devil's Rejects  released shortly after in 2005, which was also very disturbingly pleasing to watch.  I like them both equally as much.  Rob Zombie has released many movies since, all with his creepy, carnival-like touch. 

 

Rob Zombie will be focusing on music for the rest of 2017.  He stated that he will be working on a new album this August, and will wait to work on a new film until next year.  Rob Zombie will be touring the States from September-November, with Ozzfest being the final show of the tour.  Looks like he won't be making it to the Seattle area this year.  He was most recently here during Return Of The Dreads Tour 2016 with Korn at White River Amphitheatre, and in 2014 for Pain In The Grass.  Rob Zombie's latest album titled The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser released in 2016.  (I think he has a thing against radio personalities.)  LONG title!  That's why he's the best.  He has a sick sense of humor!  Thank you, Rob Zombie for never trying to appeal to the masses!  What is your favorite Zombie song??

- C.C.

Stephanie Savoia