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