ROB ZOMBIE Says 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' Might Be Turned Into Movie One Day
ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with Rob Zombie. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
ARTISTdirect.com: Given how heavy and dark they were, do you feel like those three songs you did with Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT,MURDERDOLLS) on the expanded edition of "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" were a bridge for "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor"?
Rob: Yeah, they definitely were. We did those songs so fast. I made a conscious decision about three years ago to not take my focus off the music at any point because I had been when I was doing the movies. I had to. I'd go off to do the movies, and I'd take my focus off the music sometimes for years at a time. Every time you'd come back to start it back up again, it was odd. It was awkward. You sort of felt like, "What was happening here?" This time my goal was to not do that. When I was making the movie, in between breaks, we'd still tour, write, and work. I'd work on the movie and come back. I was going back and forth so I was never away from the music or the guys in the band for very long. Sometimes, when I'd be caught up in a movie, I literally wouldn't speak to the guys in the band for six to eight months at a time. It's not for any bad reason. It's just because you're so swept up in the film world — which they're not a part of — that time flies by. I think that has a lot to do with it.
ARTISTdirect.com: What's the story behind "Lucifer Rising"?
Rob: It's funny because that song had been kicking around back to those other songs you mentioned when Joey played with us. We had one version of it that Joey actually played on. Several different people have played on that song. Obviously, we didn't use it because I wanted it to be all the new guys in the band playing so we recut the drums. That was early on. We didn't have time to finish it for the special edition of"Hellbilly Deluxe 2", but we always liked it and kept it around. In a sense, we knew that was the spirit of what we were going to do.
ARTISTdirect.com: Do you feel like this album could translate into a movie at some point?
Rob: Well, I think it could. I made it with that in mind. At least in my mind — no one else knows this — I wanted to have a storyline that runs through the record so if someday I wanted to make it into a movie musical like THE WHO's "Tommy" or "Quadrophenia", there was a structure to follow. I'm not really talking about what it is because I think it's sort of relevant at this point. Maybe that's why that sense comes through.
OZZY OSBOURNE: 'For The Last Year And A Half, I Have Been Drinking And Taking Drugs'
Ozzy Osbourne has admitted to a year-and-a-half-long alcohol and drug relapse but has denied that he is planning to divorce his wife of 31 years,Sharon.
After a report surfaced in the British tabloid The Sun claiming that theBLACK SABBATH singer and his wife/manager are living apart and haven't seen each other in weeks, a spokesman for Sharon released a statement claiming that Ozzy and his wife "were still together."
The spokesman added: "They’ve both got huge work commitments. She is at the hotel for work and he is starting his BLACK SABBATH tour.
"Of course they row, but they are still together. Sharon and Ozzy have spent long periods of time apart before when she was working in the U.K. The marriage is not on the rocks."
In a statement posted earlier tonight on his Facebook page, Ozzy said: "For the last year and a half, I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.
"Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person.
"I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my bandmates for my insane behavior during this period… and my fans.
"God bless, Ozzy."
In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Osbourne — whose struggles with addiction have been widely reported and acknowledged throughout his career — was asked if moderation was something he could achieve. "I can‘t drink and I can't do drugs," he replied. "I mean, I live in California and I could get a bag of mild marijuana from the doctor, but who I am fucking kidding? I'd start out with a mild bag of marijuana and I'd end up with a fucking bag of crack. My mind runs away with the fantasy because one drink, or one joint, or one whatever doesn't apply to me but my head still thinks it does. I will think about it and my head runs away with the thought."
Asked why it was different now after he has tried to stay off drugs so many times before, Ozzy said: "I got fed up with quitting. The first thing I stopped was tobacco, and don't ask me how I did that. I have been in nearly every rehab around. I have been in rehab with heroin users and they say, 'I can put the smack down but I can't give up tobacco.' I put it down first. My voice would crack in concert and I felt like a soccer player kicking the fucking wall when he was not in the game. To be honest with you, I was not having a good time. I would make all of these grandiose statements about how I was Mr. Sober, now. In the National Enquirer, the following day, you would see me on the floor in a bog covered in piss. There is a lot more help these days than there used to be. It is a lot more openly spoken about then when I was a kid. My folks didn't say, 'He's got a drinking problem.' You just didn't talk about it. My drinking problem was that I couldn't get e-fucking-nough. If I knew, and I honestly thought to myself, that I could drink moderately, then I would, but I know I can't. I never ever did, I never ever will and I don't want to."
Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails to Headline 2013 Voodoo Music Experience
Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the annual Voodoo Music Experience, scheduled to take place November 1-3 at City Park’s Festival Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"New Orleans is one of the most musically and culturally rich cities in the world,” says Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready in a statement. “We've played some of our most memorable shows there and can't wait to return this November.” Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor adds, “Recently I haven't spent nearly enough time in my favorite city in the world and I'm happy to announce I'm bringing Nine Inch Nails to New Orleans for Voodoo.”
The three-day extravaganza also will include performances by Paramore, The Gaslight Anthem, How to Destroy Angels and Alkaline Trio, among many others. The complete Voodoo festival lineup will be revealed in the ensuing months.
Tickets for the event are available now at WorshipTheMusic.com.
Stone Sour, Motörhead, Megadeth Members Among Guests for Season 12 of That Metal Show
Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Jim Root,Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister andMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be among the many revered hard-rock hellions to visit to VH1 Classic's That Metal Show during the series' 12th season, according to Blabbermouth.net.
Among the many other respected metal icons slated to hit the talk show's stage this season are Rob Zombie, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Queensrÿche’s Scott Rockenfield and Todd La Torre, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, ex-Skid Row singerSebastian Bach, and Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani.
Season 12 of That Metal Show begins on June 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Select episodes of season 11 of the series is currently is viewable online at VH1Classic.com, while new episodes of the program will posted on the website each Monday after their TV premieres.
Alice in Chains Attacks Literature in Lyric Video for “Stone”
Alice in Chains takes aim at the written word in the new lyric video for “Stone,” the next single from their upcoming fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The four-minute clip features the song's lyrics flashing across the screen accompanied by footage of a woman ripping up pages of a book and throwing them into a stream. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will arrive in stores on Tuesday, May 14 and features 12 new tracks. If you pre-order The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Stone.”
Here's the track list for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here:
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”
“Breath on a Window”
“Hung on a Hook”
Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter on Death of Chi Cheng: “There Will Be a Hole in Our Lives”
Following the death of Deftones’ Chi Cheng on Saturday, the bassist's band mate, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, has issued a statement from the group reacting to the sad news.
Carpenter posted a note on the band’s website that reads,“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart.”
He added, “[Cheng] will always be here because of love. It's time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.”
Cheng died from complications from a 2008 car accident that had left him in a minimally conscious state. He was 42.
Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dead at 42
More than four years after suffering a critical head injury in a car accident, Deftonesbassist Chi Cheng passed away over the weekend. He was 42 years old.
Cheng's mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, posted Sunday on the One Love for Chi websitethat her son had been taken to the emergency room, where his heart suddenly stopped. She recounted, "He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear."
Jeanne Marie Cheng thanked fans for their love and support in recent years, writing, "I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you."
In November 2008, Cheng was ejected from a car in which he was a passenger when it collided with another vehicle in Santa Clara, California. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time. Slash paid tribute to Cheng on Twitter, writing, "Just heard that Chi from the Deftones passed away. That's really sad news. I didn't really know him. But he was an awesome bass player. RIP" Tom Morellotweeted, "R.I.P Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng. Very sweet and talented guy. Head injury from car accident. Everyone please wear seatbelt and live."
The Recording Academy released a statement that reads in part, "Grammy winner Chi Cheng of the Deftones was a powerful bassist who was larger than life on stage....The music industry has lost a proud and passionate performer all too soon, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, his bandmates, and his fans worldwide who are mourning his untimely and unfortunate passing."