Rob Zombie Not Interested in White Zombie Reunion: 'It Wouldn't Be Good'

"We stopped at the height of our career, and that's the best way to leave it" the frontman says.

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White Zombie fans shouldn't get their hopes up for a band reunion, as frontman Rob Zombie recently ruled out such an option without as much a hint of doubt in his mind.

While talking to Consequence of Sound, Zombie noted that a comeback simply couldn't meet the expectations. According to the singer, White Zombie ended at their very peak, which is the way to go in Zombie's book.

"No," the frontman started. "We did it, and it's done. And it wouldn't be good. That's the thing. I mean, a lot of people forget, because they went to see White Zombie and they were 15 years old and it was their first concert and everybody in White Zombie was, like, 23 years old. They're no longer 15 and they're gonna come to the concert at 40 and look at White Zombie, who are all gonna be 50, and go, 'This sucks now.' I mean, they forget that time marched on and changed."

Zombie explained further, "White Zombie stopped at the height of our career. We had a triple-platinum record and we just did our huge, sold-out arena tour everywhere and then we stopped, and that's the best way to leave it."

The singer then gave his opinion on a series of reunions occurring in the last several years, branding them cash-grabs with the exception of 1999 Black Sabbath comeback, which he described as "wonderful."

"Most of the time - I'm not gonna lie; I never like to lie about stuff everybody does everything for money," he said. "You know, bands that can't stand each other, hate each other's guts, get back together 'cause they can make more money that way.

"And that's not a good reason to do it. I mean, I like the band I have now; we're all friends. To get back with a bunch of people that I literally haven't even spoken to in 20 years to go do a run for a bunch of money, I just think that's a big lie and I'm just not into it."

White Zombie officially called it quits back in 1998. The band's final studio effort, "Astro-Creep: 2000," dropped in 1995 as their fourth and commercially most successful record.

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    Chemistry is one of the most important ingredients in music. If your band doesn't have that creative spark that comes with camaraderie, you're gonna sound terrible, its as simple as that.
    I think that's the reason why the "new" Guns n Roses don't sound great live, it's full of brilliant musicians but they just don't connect.
    the beatles hardly even talked to each other while writing abbey road. they wrote almost all of the songs by themselves, respectively. so that's not entirely true.
    I would pay ridonkulous amounts of money to see White Zombie
    Robs current line up is much better and they play plenty of zombie songs
    Yeah but his band doesn't have that hot bassist.
    You think that bassist would still be as hot at her current age?
    possibly. older chicks can be smoking hot! not to mention in the bedroom... they know what they like, unlike alot of teenage/early 20's girls that are just boring
    lol... you're right but it's funn how this conversation completel left out her skills and jumped right into her bedroom.
    even back then, they showed her at a barbq on headbangers ball - she opened her mouth and the illusion was gone - had like (only) 3 crooked teeth. Now, nothing against her, we don't all need shiny teeth, but all i'm saying is she turned out to me not all that hot!
    No idea what you've been watching. Her teeth seem fine back then (in '90s pics) and now. I reckon she looks pretty damn fine nowadays too.
    The bassist wasn't even hot to begin with. And she was a doped up skeeze. She wrote a book called "I'm with the band". I haven't personally read it so I may be wrong.... but ive been told a lot of it is just about her doing drugs with other band members they toured with... there is nothing special about her. I'd take orinthini over her any day of the week
    Just saw Rob Zombie headline Mayhem in Chicago, he played "More Human Than Human" and "Thunder Kiss 65'." Amazing show, let alone John 5 playing the "Star Spangled Banner" with his teeth.
    I remember buying astrocreep 2000 as a teen. And thinking. Yeah they're OK. I was them at mayhem fest a few years ago and was blown away. I've seen a lot of great bands and no one is on rob zombies level for live shows. I've since seen him 2 more times. Its a few years old but if you want a good scope of his music get his past present and future album. It had a lot of songs like dragula, never gonna stop, feel so numb, and superbeast and others that are just as good if not better then anything white zombie did
    Rob, you have the theatrical part of your craft down, no doubt. I think you have the best show on earth. But answer me this: why havn't you been able to eclipse Thunder Kiss, Electric Head, Supercharger, More Human, etc? Why is it that the albums with one of the world's most talented guitarist (John 5) are the least memorable? At least with the original solo band, you had songwriting contributions from a BAND. Your idol Alice Cooper had the same problem. Asside from Nightmare, nothing felt like a tight band-driven album. Control doesn't have to entail boring songwriting.
    He usually plays all the Zombie songs I want to hear on tour now. He's right, his band is better now anyway. I don't need a Zombie reunion.
    i love that aspect of going out on top such as white zombie did. and leave it at that. makes a group sort of legendary i'd say. You can still make music but through different avenues, it's just cool to leave a legacy of success behind and have people always wondering how awesome the next record would be.
    I respect him for this. Some things are more important than money (gasp!), like your integrity, your values, being able to respect yourself, and live in your own skin. But seeing White Zombie again would be cool! I saw them open for Pantera at the Gorge in 96...WOW, wild night!
    Some things are more important than money... Like ditching the band that made you famous so you wouldn't have to split the money evenly?
    If that's true then I stand corrected. I got the impression he had some integrity. My bad...d'oh!
    So what i get out of this interview is that he stopped White Zombie because they had no more room to grow. Thats bullshit.
    It's not that they have no more room to grow. sometimes artists hit a plateau in certain artistic directions musically and they can no longer improove as musicians and so on. that would make them a copy of themselves with time. I agree with Rob. few musicians have de guts to admit things like this.
    A White Zombie Reunion wouldn't be good?? Rob Zombie solo records aren't all that great..
    Go see him live. At Mayhem he played "Sick Bubblegum," a song that I previously hated but, live it was fantastic.
    I was just daydreaming the other day about them throwing a reunion tour together!! He makes several very good points. I highly doubt White Zombie would suck now though.
    Sorry guys, had to be the first one to dislike this article, just to be a dick. =)
    Kinda of a bs reason to give. I was 17 when I bought their shit, now I'm 34. And although I might not jump through hoops to see them play I know I still like the music and I wouldn't be thinking it was stupid.
    I would absolutely love to see them live. The combination of Zombie's vocals and writing plus the guitar work and sound sampling was wonderful.
    Rob Zombie I think will be making interesting music for a long time. I'm excited to hear what he's going to sound like when he's sixty-five.