Rob Zombie on live performances: Playing the old stuff is ‘a f*cking nightmare’

When it comes to live shows, Rob Zombie doesn’t enjoy playing his failsafe Satanic stripper tunes that have been heard time and again, but he accepts it. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 48-year old metal artist and horror auteur discusses the necessary evils of touring as he anticipates his headliner duties in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, launching June 29th. “With a festival it’s almost like you’re doing a greatest hits tour, in a weird sort of way,” Zombie told RS. “When you’re doing a headline show, you know the people there are your fans, but with festivals you tend to want to do something that works better for the masses.”

So this means his new album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” which hits April 23 (the same month as his slasher flick “The Lords of Salem”) won’t get the play it should during Mayhem Festival’s 26-city tour. Those “masses” will expect his disco sleaze from “Hellbilly Deluxe” (1998) and “The Sinister Urge” (2001). “Venomous Rat” will take a back seat during the show. “Maybe three songs max would be enough [from the new album],” Zombie said. “Nobody ever wants to go to a concert and hear tons of new stuff. I certainly don’t. It’s a fucking nightmare.”

Read the rest of Rolling Stone’s “Rob Zombie Looks Forward to ‘Monstrously Gigantic’ Mayhem Festival” here.