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Rob Zombie Reprises The "Deluxe"

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009

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Rob Zombie uncharacteristically stripped things down on his last tour, supporting 2006’s “Educated Horses.”

But this year, he’s piling on the production.

“It’s pretty awesome,” notes Zombie, 44 (né Robert Cummings), about his latest live show, which was set up to promote his now-delayed new album “Hellbilly Deluxe 2.”

“I have the stage set from the first ‘Hellbilly’ tour in storage,” reports Zombie, whose band includes Detroit natives John5 (né Lowery) on guitar and Tommy Clufetos on drums. “I toyed with the idea of pulling out ... and using the actual set. But it felt so tired and contrived to do that. It seemed fake.

“So we’ve sort of gone back and created what seems like the new version of that ... the modernized update of that. There have been some incredible advancements in digital technology. It’s pretty high-tech stage show going on. The stage feels very fresh, very modern, very high-tech. It has the spirit of that first show.”

The only wrinkle in the plan was Zombie’s decision to push the “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” album back into 2010 after a planned Nov. 17 release. He says that “everything was turning into a chaotic mess” with his record company, so he’s switched labels from Geffen to Loud & Proud before moving forward.

“Basically, (Geffen) wasn’t really in a position to promote it or deal with it,” explains Zombie, who’s laying some of the new songs — including “What?” and “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” — in his concerts. “There was the sense that every little thing about the record was rushed — not the music, ’cause that was done for a long time, and that was the thing that was so annoying.

“We spent so much time crafting the record, we didn’t want it to be something that was so chaotic that it became, ‘Oh, that’s done and gone’ two weeks later.”

Away from music, Zombie recently completed work on a director’s cut of “Halloween 2” which should be out on DVD in time for the holidays. A rumored remake of “The Blob” is likely but unscheduled, and another film is lined up that will take him out of the horror and gore realm. “If (that’s) the next movie,” Zombie notes, “people will be shocked.”

Rob Zombie, Nekromantix and Captain Clegg perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 27) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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