WANT TO GO?
Korn and Rob Zombie
WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
INFO: Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
_____CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's probably not a huge surprise, but horror rock king Rob Zombie had a busy time this Halloween.
For Zombie, who performs Saturday at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Halloween lasted for three weeks while he oversaw the Great American Nightmare: a huge attraction in Los Angeles that includes three haunted houses based on his films "House of 1000 Corpses," "Lords of Salem" and "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," as well as nightly concerts.
Zombie sighed, then said, "I'm always working Halloween. It's like asking Santa Claus what he does at Christmas."
Rob Zombie has been bringing the spooky season to locations year-round for going on 25 years now, but he really broke out on the national music scene in the early 1990s, first with White Zombie and songs like "Thunder Kiss '65," "Electric Head, Part 2" and "More Human Than Human," before going solo by the end of the decade. His pulpy horror and sci-fi movie-inspired songs contrasted with the dominant sound of the era that was led by bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice in Chains.
Unlike some of the other recognizable performers of his generation, Zombie avoided jail, rehab and the morgue.
"I guess I learned from other people's mistakes," he said. "I mean you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that heroin isn't going to work out too good for you. I think we figured out heroin was bad with The Velvet Underground."
Zombie isn't preaching. He isn't against partying, but he's seen what happens when the party becomes more important than the show.
"It's not fun watching your favorite band fall down or slur through the lyrics and sound like sh--," he said. "For me, I look at what I do -- music or movies -- as art, and I never wanted to do anything to interfere with that. I mean it's great to party. It's great to be in fame, but I never wanted that to affect the show: the show always had to come first.