On July 27, Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog and Consequence Of Sound conducted an interview with Rob Zombie at the Tinley Park, Illinois stop of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Asked if there was any chance of a WHITE ZOMBIE reunion in the future,Rob said: “No. We did it, and it’s done. And it wouldn’t be good. That’s the thing. I mean, a lot of people forget, because they went to see WHITE ZOMBIE and they were 15 years old and it was their first concert and everybody in WHITE ZOMBIE was, like, 23 years old. They’re no longer 15 and they’re gonna come to the concert at 40 and look at WHITE ZOMBIE, who are all gonna be 50, and go, ‘This sucks now.’ I mean, they forget that time marched on and changed. So I don’t wanna come back and do it again just so that it can be inferior.”
He continued: “WHITE ZOMBIE stopped at the height of our career — we had a triple-platinum record and we just did our huge, sold-out arena tour everywhere and then we stopped, and that’s the best way to leave it.”
Rob also offered his opinion on the countless rock and metal acts who have reunited in recent years. He said: “Most of the time — I’m not gonna lie; I never like to lie about stuff — everybody does everything for money. You know, bands that can’t stand each other, hate each other’s guts, get back together ’cause they can make more money that way. And that’s not a good reason to do it. I mean, I like the band I have now; we’re all friends. To get back with a bunch of people that I literally haven’t even spoken to in 20 years to go do a run for a bunch of money, I just think that’s a big lie and I’m just not into it.”
He added: “In ’99, when I saw BLACK SABBATH reunite for the first time with all four original members, it was great. I mean, they sounded great, they looked great; it was wonderful. I mean, I haven’t seen them on this tour, but… So, it’s not that it can’t work. But it’s all up to the individual band to see what they’re gonna do.”
Back in December 2008, WHITE ZOMBIE‘s 4-CD/1-DVD box set, “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” (Geffen/UMe), sold 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released on November 25, 2008, the CDs bring together for the first time all 64 original studio recordings released by the band led by Rob Zombieduring its 1985-1996 career. The DVD offers nine music videos, 10 live performances, and some hidden gems.
WHITE ZOMBIE officially disbanded in 1998 after the release of the“Hellbilly Deluxe”, the triple platinum solo debut for Rob Zombie, who has since enjoyed continued success both on record and as a film director with his vision of the dark side.
Zombie‘s fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, was released in April and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 7 with first-week sales of 34,000 copies.