Rob Zombie was recently interviewed by Jason Rockman of Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s CHOM 97.7 radio station.
Asked if he ever thought he would still be touring and performing more than 30 years after the formation of his previous band, WHITE ZOMBIE, Rob said: “I don’t think anyone ever thought they would be doing it this long. Just a couple of days ago, I was hanging out with Alice Cooper, ’cause he was at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and I just dropped by to say hi. He’s 70, and he has no plans of retiring. I mean, Jesus Christ, Jerry Lee Lewis hasn’t even retired yet.
“No rock guys have ever retired — they just… they died; that’s why they retired,” he continued. And when I hear, ‘Oh, SLAYER are retiring,’ I go, ‘No fucking way! No way!’ They think they wanna be home and have a life. After two years, they’re gonna go cuckoo and they’re gonna be back on the road. That’s what we’re all built for — we’re all crazy and we need to do this. And I don’t know why. And I don’t see any retirement ever. We’ll keep going until we can’t go anymore.
“The only time I said I would retire is when I thought I just can’t do it anymore and you know you’re not good — you know the shows aren’t good, you know you can’t bring it,” he added. “But until then, yeah. And time goes by fast, too.”
Rob went on to say that he feels “better now performing” than he did 30 years ago. “I don’t even get tired anymore,” he said. “It’s fine. I mean, I would feel more wiped out 20 years ago playing than I do now.
“I think when you’re young, because you are young, you can treat yourself like shit and still do the show,” he explained. “But now, everything I do is with being fit and healthy to do the show, so we actually can do it better.
“I was watching some footage of Mick Jagger from a recent [THE ROLLING STONES] show. He’s 74, and he’s amazing. Of course, he looks old. Who gives a shit? And you look at Ron Wood — he looks like the same guy, except he looks like an old version [of himself]. It’s kind of cool. And Iggy Pop.”
You can listen to entire interview below.