Rob Zombie’s Persona Is Just His True Self
After more than a decade, Rob Zombie is reviving his Hellbilly Deluxe alter ego with a Feb. 2. release of the lengthily-titled ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2 — Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool.’ “I like to keep things changing all the time. It gets stale otherwise,” Zombie tells Noisecreep of the Hellbilly redux. “Whatever that thing was, on this record we brought it back in a fresh way. I’m not big on revisiting the past, so the idea wasn’t to go back and create the same thing, just capture some of the spirit.”
Now, if the Hellbilly persona is Zombie’s alter ego, then what is Rob Zombie? Has the 44-year-old Massachusetts native been Rob Zombie for so long now that’s who he is?
“I wish I could remember the quote exactly, but I read something from Lux Interior of the Cramps. He was like, ‘There’s a moment where whatever character you’ve created ceases to be a character and is you. Whatever you once were is so long gone that it doesn’t matter anymore.'”
Noisecreep wonders if that’s good or bad. “It’s great. When you are younger, you have a vision for how you want your life to be and set out to try and achieve it. If you’re Lux, you are this crazy rock ‘n’ roll creature. It’s not a character, it’s your true self. When you get to be that, it’s not like a character. You get to live out your actual personality. To me, a character is someone who says, ‘Well, I’m going to put on these clothes that I hate, to go to this job that I hate, and I’m going to have to talk in this polite manner that I don’t normally talk in.’ That’s a character.”