Rob Zombie (NY) Leaves Geffen Records, Signs With Roadrunner/Loud & Proud
In a sudden and unexpected move, multi-platinum hard rock artist Rob Zombie has inked a new worldwide deal with leading rock label Roadrunner Records through its Loud & Proud imprint. This shocking announcement comes as Zombie exits his former label of eighteen years, where he sold fifteen million records as a solo artist and with his former band White Zombie. Zombieâ€™s new album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, previously set for release on 11/17 will now be released by Roadrunner / Loud & Proud Records in early 2010. â€œIt certainly wasnâ€™t an easy decision to make after all this time, but it had to be done,â€ states Zombie. â€œI love this new record and wanted to surround myself with an excited new group of people who can reignite my enthusiasm for working within a hard rock record label. Roadrunner seems to be the perfect place.â€ â€œRoadrunner is thrilled to be involved with Rob Zombie on a worldwide basis as he is a multiple-threat artist whom weâ€™ve admired for many years,â€ said Roadrunner president Jonas Nachsin. Tom Lipsky, founder and president of Loud & Proud echoed Nachsinâ€™s sentiment, â€œRob Zombie hits hard on Hellbilly Deluxe 2 and the fans expect nothing less. We are excited about the monster mayhem that he is certain to create!â€ The first single from the new album, â€œWhat?â€ recently launched at all rock radio formats and is quickly climbing the charts. This latest album marks the follow-up to 1998â€™s triple platinum Hellbilly Deluxe. The track listing is as follows: 1. Jesus Frankenstein 2. Sick Bubblegum 3. What? 4. Mars Needs Women 5. Werewolf, Baby! 6. Virgin Witch 7. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory 8. Burn 9. Cease to Exist 10. Werewolf Women of the SS 11. The Man Who Laughs In support of this release Zombie, will kick off his first headline tour since 2007 in Phoenix, AZ on October 29th. Shows in Las Vegas, NV on the 30th, and a very special Halloween event on October 31st in Hollywood, CA are set to follow. Zombie will be accompanied by his longtime band mates - guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Visit www.RobZombie.com for Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour updates, including the official blog, Twitter feed, photos, and videos directly from the road. Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour tickets are on sale now; tour dates are as follows: TOUR DATES: 10/29 Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona 10/30 The Pearl - Palms Concert Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada 10/31 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California 11/1 The Grove, Anaheim, California 11/3 San Jose Events Center, San Jose, California 11/5 The Great Salt Air, Magna, Utah 11/6 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Colorado 11/8 The Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma 11/10 Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas 11/11 Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, Texas 11/13 Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, Texas 11/14 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri 11/15 The Pageant, St. Louis, Missouri 11/16 Murat Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana 11/17 Akron Civic Center, Akron, Ohio 11/19 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 11/20 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota 11/21 Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, Iowa 11/22 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois 11/24 Broadbent Arena, Louisville, Kentucky 11/25 The LC Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio 11/27 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, Michigan 11/28 The Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario 11/29 Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec 12/1 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York 12/2 House Of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts 12/3 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut 12/4 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 12/5 9:30 Club, Washington, DC In addition to his illustrious recording career, Zombie has also written and directed five feature length films. Most recently was the animated cult favorite The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto based on his successful comic series. This seasonâ€™s Halloween 2 (August 2009) followed up Zombieâ€™s record breaking blockbuster re-imagining of Halloween in 2007. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically-acclaimed The Devilâ€™s Rejects (Lionsgate), the follow-up to his already cult classic House of 1000 Corpses (Lionsgate 2004). Earlier this week, www.billboard.com reported the following: Rob Zombie decided to push back the release date of his "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" album because "everything was turning into a chaotic mess." Zombie's fourth solo studio album -- and the sequel to his 1998 solo debut -- was originally slated to come out on Nov. 17. But he told Billboard.com during a conference call for his upcoming concert tour that he felt "the basic structure of releasing a record" was not adequately in place for the project. "Basically the label (Geffen) wasn't really in a position to promote it or deal with it," Zombie explained. "It was basically everything, from getting advance copies to the press to...There wasn't even time to make a video (for the first single, 'What?') and we were leaving for the tour. 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." Zombie has not set a new release date for the album but promised the announcement would come soon, possibly even this week. Meanwhile, he and his band are still gearing up for the tour, which kicks off Thursday in Phoenix. He said fans can expect a return to the lavish stage production he'd abandoned in supporting 2006's "Educated Horses." "It's pretty awesome," Zombie noted. "I have the stage set from the first 'Hellbilly' tour in storage; I toyed with the idea of pulling it 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." Zombie is also planning an "extra special" version of the show for his Halloween night performance at the Palladium in Los Angeles, re-creating the concert scene from his latest film, "Halloween 2," complete with a performance by Capt. Clegg & the Night Creatures and more pyrotechnics than he'll be using during other stops on the tour. "I hate the idea of going to a concert on Halloween and they don't really make it a Halloween event," Zombie says. "We went to great lengths...It's the concert but also a giant Halloween party." Zombie will be including some "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" songs -- including "What?" and "Werewolf Women of the S.S." -- in his concerts, even before the album is released, and he plans to be on the road until the fall of 2010. He has more movie work in his crosshairs, too: he just completed work on a director's cut of "Halloween 2" that 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 said, "people will be shocked."