Rob Zombie Explains Why Solo Was The Way To Go

Fans expecting a great artistic departure from Rob Zombie on his solo debut, "Hellbilly Deluxe," must have been sorely disappointed.

They were probably the only ones though as the album's blend of grinding guitar riffs and thundering dance beats (familiar to anyone down with the frontman's work with White Zombie) cracked the "Billboard" top five in its first week of release.

While the madness of his solo effort may not be all that different from what fans have come to expect from White Zombie, Rob Zombie said that the method behind it was quite different this time out.

"('Hellbilly Deluxe' is) only different in the sense that I didn't have to hear people complain," Zombie told the MTV Radio Network Wednesday during rehearsals for Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. "You know, you could like only worry what was good for the song, not what was good for everybody's ego. That was a nice change of

pace." [28.8 RealAudio]

That pace is likely to quicken up a bit as Zombie will soon hit the road in support of "Hellbilly Deluxe" with Monster Magnet and Fear Factory (see "Rob Zombie Sets Dates For Solo Tour").