Pablo of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with Rob Zombie at the Northern Invasion festival, which is being held Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheatre in Somerset, Wisconsin, just outside the Twin Cities. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about his appreciation for the Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL, Rob said: “I saw them the other day for the first time. I mean, I’d seen videos and stuff, but I saw them live for the first time the other day, and I just loved it; it was like nothing I had ever seen before. I mean, it was just like… Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make fucking death metal cute. But it was awesome. And the crowd… The crowd was going fucking apeshit. The amount of crowdsurfing and stage diving and just complete mayhem, which made it even funnier, ‘cause it’s three cute little girls doing fucking karate on stage and shit, and these guys [that are backing them] are dressed like ghosts, all in white. It’s the most bizarre fucking thing. It’s totally worth watching; it’s so good.”
Zombie made headlines last week after he defended BABYMETAL against online criticism, saying that the Japanese group has “more energy than 90 percent of the bands we play with.”
Last weekend, Zombie met BABYMETAL at the Carolina Rebellion festival in Concord, North Carolina. He then posted a snapshot of them together backstage to his Facebook page, much to the chagrin of many of his fans.
After one fan called BABYMETAL “a shameful embarrassment to anything metal,” Rob responded: “Hey, they are nice kids out on the road touring. What are you doing besides being a grumpy old fuck?”
Another fan wrote: “[BABYMETAL] are awful. This is lame. I love you, Rob, but shame on you.” Rob fired back with: “They roll harder than you.”
A third fan said: “Are you kidding me, Rob? BABYMETAL is J-pop, not metal. But to each their own, I guess.” Zombie countered with: “These three girls had more energy than 90 percent of the bands we play with.”
BABYMETAL addressed the photo in a comment on the Facebook photo. They wrote: “Thank you Rob! The Spirit of HEAVY METAL traversed across the World,rose above language barriers, went beyond generations and created countless legends. See you again at Northern Invasion!”