Rob Zombie Moves On With His Career After John 5’s Departure

Almost a full two years after the launch of his seventh studio album, ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy,’ Rob Zombie opened up about handling his current projects. He recently hinted at what fans can expect next, following guitarist John 5’s departure, during a conversation on the ‘Howie Mandel Does Stuff’ podcast.

Despite the heavy metal guitarist’s absence from his band, Zombie carries on with his career, bracing for his 2023 Freaks On Parade Summer Tour. Additionally, according to his recent statements offering insights into his artistic approach, he is working on a new album.

Explaining what’s on his plate, the singer said:

“Right now, I’m just worrying about the summer tour and the next album ’cause it’s been a while since I’ve made a record… I was [working on the music for the LP] till about a week ago. And it’s going good. It’s a long process.

I like making records over a long period of time so that I can live with it. Sometimes you write something, and it’s new, and you’re all excited ’cause it’s new, and the time goes by, [and you’re, like] ‘Eh, it’s just exciting ’cause it’s new. It’s not really that good.’ But if you live with stuff for a while, you kind of [get a better sense of how strong it is].”

A while before his former bandmate’s explanations, John 5, now associated with Mötley Crüe, reflected on his relationship with Zombie post-departure during an interview with Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation. According to him, they haven’t maintained a steady line of contact since he joined Crüe. Still, he appreciated that Zombie was understanding of his decision to move on with another band.

The guitarist recalled:

“I talked to Rob, and he understood. Rob is a smart, rational person. I mean, he wasn’t psyched, but he understood. And I think that was amazing of him. He was just, like, ‘Go get them.’ He was fine about it.”

After John 5 stepped down to replace Mick Mars last fall, Mike Riggs filled his shoes in Zombie’s band. As it stands, the vocalist forges ahead with his musical journey, having Riggs on his side, while his former teammate explores new avenues with Mötley Crüe.