Rob Zombie is not the sort of guy who’d be content just resting on his laurels. The shock rocker likes to keep busy: It seems as though the man is constantly touring (he’ll be out with Ozzy Osbourne and In This Moment through January 21), and his proverbial plate is spilling over with various music and film projects he plans to deliver to the masses over the course of the coming year.
Not only does Zombie hope to record another studio LP in 2008, he’s still working on the companion DVD to his recently released album, Zombie Live, Zombie’s inaugural live offering, which sold 15,000 copies during its first week to debut at #57 on the Billboard top 200. He’d like to have the DVD finished for a spring 2008 release, he said during a recent teleconference with reporters.
“I’m not sure [when the DVD will be in stores], ’cause right now, the editor who I’ll have edit that is editing [this] behind-the-scenes documentary, documenting the making of ‘Halloween,’ ” he said, referring to his re-imagining of the 1978 classic , which hit theaters last summer. “So when he’s done doing that, he’s then going to go do this one. So, who knows?
“I didn’t want to really just make a live DVD, because I felt like, ‘Ah, who cares?’ ” he continued. “What I really did was [make] a tour documentary similar to the documentary I made for the DVD for ‘Devil’s Rejects,’ where it starts with the first rehearsal through the building of the stage, through traveling and flying and playing every show and after the show and this and that.”
So what of that long-rumored, oft-delayed White Zombie box set, a compilation of every piece of music the band ever put to tape?
“I don’t know when it’s going to come out,” he explained. “I always keep putting it on the backburner to do other projects. What my plan for what to put on it was basically every single thing ever, so that I could put out the box set and go, ‘That’s everything. Don’t ask me about anything else. That is absolutely everything that band’s ever recorded.’ There [won't be] a lot of extra stuff, but there’s tons of stuff that was never even on CD that was just on these limited vinyl releases. I’m not real good at going back and wanting to redo old stuff. I always want to do new stuff, so that’s why the project keeps dragging on forever.”
Zombie is not sure whether the box set will see the light of day in 2008, but he admits that “if I wait much longer, no one will even know what a box set is.”
Zombie is also still working on his much-anticipated animated comedy “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto,” which features the voice talent of Paul Giamatti, Geoffrey Lewis and Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon. Zombie said he’s “almost 100 percent done” with the flick, though it still has to be edited and soundtracked for an expected 2008 release.
“The problem is, I have too many projects,” he said. “So, now I’m on tour, and as soon as I get off tour, we’ll go home and wrap that up, and then that’ll be finished.”
While it had been reported that he’ll helm an upcoming remake of the 1984 horror film “C.H.U.D.,” Zombie said he won’t be involved with the project. He wouldn’t go into what his next film project will be — at least not in any great detail.
“I’m planning another movie, which, right now, I don’t know how that’s going to be because the writers just went on strike, and the directors will go on strike soon,” he said. “So, I’m not sure how that whole world is going to pan out. Right now is really the worst time to try to plan the next year. The next movie I’m planning isn’t really a horror movie.”
Would Zombie ever consider casting Ozzy in one of his films? “No, no,” he responded. “Acting is not a joke for me, and not everybody can act. There are a lot of people that [have] great personalities, but that doesn’t mean they’re actors, because acting’s hard and it’s hard on the actors. And that’s why usually musicians are terrible actors, because they have their personality and persona, but it doesn’t mean they can act.”
Zombie recalled the first time he met Ozzy, and the numerous tours the two have done together since.
“The first time I toured with Ozzy was ’99, but I had met him before then,” he remembered. “For some strange reason, I don’t even remember why I was meeting [him]. It was very early on — I mean it was ’95, maybe, or something before then — and I went over to his house. I know that my manager, Andy Gould, had been friends with Sharon Osbourne for a long time, and I’m not even sure what it was all about. Sometimes, you just meet people and hang out for no reason. And it was great. I’d always loved Ozzy, loved Black Sabbath, and at that point, it was very funny because it was me and Ozzy in his house, and he played me the entire album he had made with Mark Hudson that was very Beatles-sounding. It’s never been released but it was fantastic.
“I’ve toured with him so many times that it just seemed like it was that time of year again,” he said about reuniting with Osbourne for this latest trek. “It seems like about every two years, I tour with Ozzy. … This is maybe the fifth time we’ve done this. I love touring with Ozzy. He’s always been super nice to me. He’s a really nice guy. I like all the guys in his band, and it’s always a very pleasant experience. It’s usually a pleasant experience touring with everybody, but [with Ozzy] it’s a great time.”
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