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October 18, 2012

Rob Zombie

Back to play for his hometown fans

Rob Zombie won’t be playing any songs from his almost-completed new CD on his fall tour with Marilyn Manson.

“We’re doing a bunch of songs that are older songs, not a bunch, but some songs I haven’t played in a long time that people will recognize,” Zombie, who will stop next at Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena on Oct. 21. “But we’re not doing anything new just because nobody wants to hear new songs off a record that isn’t out yet. That is just wasted concert time. We’re mixing it up and doing some older stuff that people will be excited to hear, but nothing new.”

Don’t take Zombie’s decision to hold off on playing new songs as an indication that he lacks enthusiasm for the new CD. In fact, he’s pretty amped about his latest musical work.

“It seems to happen every couple of years or every 10 years or every five years of whatever, you have a moment when it all comes together,” Zombie said in a mid-September phone interview. “Not that the other records are bad, but not every record can be like the most inspired event in your life. But for some reason, this one feels like it is. The songwriting, the sound of it, the vibe, the production, it’s special, I think.”

The album, which is being produced by Bob Marlette, is essentially finished and will be out in early 2013, according to Zombie. Fans can expect an album that touches quite a few stylistic bases.

“It’s stylistically sort of a little bit of everything,” Zombie said. “I think fans of my really old stuff will love it because there’s a certain aspect of it that’s very reminiscent of that. But it also is very looking to the future. It’s hard to describe music to somebody if they haven’t heard it, but I feel like it’s the best of all of the things I’ve done. I’ve finally found a perfect match between the old stuff I did and the new stuff. That’s the way it sounds to me anyway.”

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