Rob Zombie Stakes Claim On Solo Fame With Upcoming Tour

Ghoulish metalhead opens 31-city stint on Oct. 6, backed by Monster Magnet and Fear Factory.

Fans hankering for Rob Zombie's unique brand of rock weirdness, live and in person, don't have much longer to wait as the demonic metalman preps for his first-ever solo venture on the road.

With his debut solo LP, Hellbilly Deluxe, taking its rightful place at #12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Zombie is getting ready for the start of a 31-date tour that begins Oct. 6 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

"Playing, for me, is not like it's a matter of aggression or anger; it's just something that's there and it needs to come out," the 32-year-old Zombie (born Rob Straker) said. "When I don't play live for a long time, I can feel it bottled up inside me and I just want to break sh--. Playing in a band is all the therapy you'll ever need. I never have to muster it or fake it, it's just there."

Zombie's group, White Zombie, cemented a reputation for a love of the outlandish and the controversial with their psycho-hip-hop/metal style, beginning with their 1992 major-label debut, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1. It is a style that Zombie has maintained on his solo album, which includes references to Nazi whores, murder and rape.

After the tour's opening night, the Zombie entourage will work through the heart of Texas and creep up through the Midwest before a brief East Coast jag and a closing spate of shows out West.

Previously slated to participate in the Family Values modern-metal tour assembled by metal-punks Korn and their management, Zombie was dropped from the bill after disagreements with festival organizers. Buoyed by strong sales of Hellbilly Deluxe -- partially fueled by the single "Dragula" (RealAudio excerpt) -- Zombie has assembled his own tour, which will include metal acts Monster Magnet and Fear Factory as openers on portions of the outing.

Touring mate Dave Wyndorf, frontman for New Jersey's Monster Magnet, predicted a full-on rock extravaganza in support of his quintet's recent effort, Powertrip.

"[We'll be doing] as much as we can possibly get away with: projections, movies. We like psychedelic imagery, the music itself [and] lately, lots of fire," Wyndorf said. "We'd like to eventually include dancers; maybe not a formal chorus line, but writhing dancers. A lot of in-your-face rock 'n' roll music delivered personally, almost like an evangelist meeting."

Rob Zombie Tour Dates:

Oct. 6; Albuquerque, N.M., Albuquerque Convention Center

Oct. 8; Austin, Texas, Austin City Coliseum

Oct. 9; Houston, Texas, Bayou Place Theatre

Oct. 10; Corpus Christi, Texas, Texas Sky Park

Oct. 11; San Antonio, Texas, Sunken Garden Amphitheatre

Oct. 13; Dallas, Texas, Bronco Bowl

Oct. 15; Atlanta, Ga., International Ballroom

Oct. 17; Dayton, Ohio, Hara Arena

Oct. 18; Peoria, Ill., PCC Exhibit Hall

Oct. 19; St. Louis, Mo., American Theatre

Oct. 21; Milwaukee, Wis., Modjeska Theatre

Oct. 22; Davenport, Iowa, River Center

Oct. 24; Chicago, Ill., Aragon Theatre

Oct. 25; Akron, Ohio, Rhodes Arena

Oct. 26; Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theatre

Oct. 28; New York, N.Y., Roseland

Oct. 29; Utica, N.Y., Utica Memorial Auditorium

Oct. 30; Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mid-Hudson Civic Center

Nov. 1; Worcester, Mass., Palladium

Nov. 3; Mississauga, Ontario, Arrow Hall

Nov. 4; Detroit, Mich., State Theatre

Nov. 6; Madison, Wis., Dane County Exhibit Hall

Nov. 7; St. Paul, Minn., Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Nov. 8; Fargo, N.D., Civic Memorial Auditorium

Nov. 10; Kansas City, Kan., Memorial Hall

Nov. 12; Denver, Colo., Mammoth Events Center

Nov. 16; Vancouver, B.C., PNE Forum

Nov. 18; Salem, Ore., Salem Armory

Nov. 24; Las Vegas, Nev., Joint

Nov. 27; Mesa, Ariz., Mesa Amphitheatre