The official lyric video for Rob Zombie's cover version of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's classic "We're An American Band" can be seen below.
Asked how they decided to cover "We're An American Band" for Zombie's latest album, "Venomous Rat Generation Vendor", Zombie guitarist John 5 told Live-Metal.net: "We were thinking about covers, and I can picture me and Rob talking about this. I was like, 'Yeah, what if we did this one or this one?' We were going back and forth for a little while, and Rob goes, 'Man, 'We're an American band.' And I was like, 'That's it. We have to do it, we have to do it.' And a cool part of that song is, in the original, there's a lyric that goes, 'Up all night with Freddie King, poker is his thing;' in the Rob Zombie version, it says, 'Up all night with Kerry King.' We kind of snuck that in, so the next time you listen to it, listen for Kerry King's name."
Rob Zombie's fifth album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on April 23 via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
Zombie told Artist Direct in an interview that "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" could one day make it to the big screen as a Zombie-directed film. The rocker and filmmaker explained, "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."
Zombie and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicked off on June 29 in San Bernardino, California.