During last week's appearance on "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Rob Zombie spoke about his reluctance to assemble a brand new solo band after the musicians he used on his first couple of albums fell out with each other, resulting in the group's breakup.
"What happened really was after WHITE ZOMBIE fell apart and I put a new band together, which was the first two solo records, I'm, like, 'This is great.' Especially on the first record [1998's 'Hellbilly Deluxe'], everybody was happy, we were touring together, it was the most fun we ever had. And then by the second record [2001's 'The Sinister Urge'], it started to fall apart. It didn't even involve me; it was sort of between the other guys. This guy's not talking to that guy, and that guy is not talking to that guy. We wrapped up 'The Sinister Urge' tour around 2003 maybe, with Ozzfest, and the whole thing just fell apart. And at that point I was making movies, or I'd finished one and I was gonna make another one, and I just didn't know if I had it in me to… 'Oh my God! Do I have to do this…?' Every time you get people together and it seems great, it has to fall apart because nobody can keep anything in perspective.
"Bands are weird," he continued. "And I think what it is now, everybody's older in this band and everybody's got perspective, so everybody realizes everybody can't be everybody. You're the only guitar player in the band, you're the only bass player, you're the only drummer… It's, like, that's who you are. It's important. Everybody can't be everybody. And I think that's why bands fall apart — they fight over the freakin' spotlight, even though they're all standing in it anyway. And I think when you're younger, that happens, but now it doesn't happen anymore."
Zombie also once again reiterated his belief that his current band, which also features guitarist John 5 and bassist Piggy D., is the best he's ever had.
"It's a good vibe," he said. "It's great. We have one bus. Sometimes when people come around us, [they ask me], 'Where's your bus?' I'm, like, 'We have one bus.' I want the band to always be together. We have one dressing room. We're always together. We're the only band I see that [is], like, 'It's lunch,' and we all walk together and go eat. Usually it's like… Other bands are, like, that guy is with that guy, that guy is with his roadie, he's not talking… No, we function as a band.
"It was funny," he continued. "We played a gig in Nashville, and Mick Mars [MÖTLEY CRÜE] came on stage and played a song with us. And we all walked to the stage together. And he said something funny, like, 'I've never walked to the stage with my entire band once.' I go, 'You can't be serious.' I don't know if he was serious.
"There's a reason it's a band," Zombie added. "'Cause we talk about the show before the show, and after the show we talk about the show after the show. And we talk about what we're gonna fix. We don't separate from each other."
Rob Zombie's latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser", debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 41,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 5, 2016. It was the sixth solo Top 10 album for Zombie.
"The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser" was released on April 29, 2016 via UMe/T-Boy Records. The disc was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris and features Zombie alongside John 5, Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish.