First, you induct Alice Cooper into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame alongside Elton John and Neil Young, then jump into directing your first major television commercial entitled "The Torturer" for the laundry detergent Woolite. What DO you do next? Well, if you're musician/film director/screenwriter Rob Zombie, you maintain course on a very eclectic and busy year filled with robots, pryo, witches, loud rock 'n' roll, evil, comedy, touring, paranormal activity, and who knows what else.
Zombie has announced that former MARILYN MANSON drummer Ginger Fish has joined the Zombie fold and will make his debut on the band's first major European tour in nearly 12 years, kicking off June 3 in Nurnburg, Germany. Zombie and the band — Fish, guitarist John 5 and Piggy D on bass — will play major European summer festivals including the U.K.'s Download, Italy's Sonisphere, and Roskilde in Denmark, as well as headlining a slew of their own shows. Zombie stated, "The band just got even weirder, and weirder is always better."
Then, Zombie will join SLAYER for the 12-city "Hell On Earth" North American tour. The co-headline trek kicks off July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, blazing across the country until it wraps up August 6 in Seattle, Washington. San Francisco's thrash-metal band EXODUS has been confirmed to open all shows.
"Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises," said Zombie. "Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell."
For the North American dates, Zombie will be bringing his full, legendary stage show out in full force. Audiences can expect an exploding, non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan, guaranteed to rip your face off. This will be a true rock 'n' roll spectacle at its finest.
Immediately following the "Hell On Earth" tour, Zombie will begin production on his sixth feature film, "The Lords of Salem", it is described by Zombie as "probably the bleakest of all of my films — a long, slow decent into the bowels of Hell." He explained, "There were twenty people that everyone knows about, obviously all innocent, executed as witches in Salem. The basic premise of the film is that there was a small coven, actual witches, who were put to death secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem's descendants."
And then there's the Woolite commercial that was shot in Vancouver and completed in mid-April. "It's a very bizarre TV commercial for a product like this," said Zombie. "Honestly, I was shocked when they called me to do it."
If all of this isn't enough, Zombie just finished directing a special for Comedy Central entitled "Tom Papa: Live In New York City". The special was shot over two days in New York City and features comedian Tom Papa from NBC's "The Marriage Ref" in his first stand-up special.
"Tom and I worked together on my animated film 'The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto' and had a blast," says Zombie. "So when Tom asked me to direct his first special, I couldn't refuse. He's a brilliant stand-up comic."