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Rob Zombie was born as Robert Cummings in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He was the former lead singer for the rock/metal group White Zombie, and later became a successful solo artist, disbanding the group after his first solo album, the 1998 release Hellbilly Deluxe, sold more in the first week than any of the band’s albums ever did. Remixes of some of its tracks were released on 1999’s American Made Music To Strip By, followed up by the studio release The Sinister Urge in 2001.

In 2003 he made his directorial debut with the release of the film ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ to a lukewarm reception, though it garnered quite a cult-following. Its sequel, ‘The Devil’s Rejects,’ was released in 2005. It was received much better than the first film, even getting the ‘thumbs up’ from well-known film critic Roger Ebert. Also in his films is his wife Sheri Moon Zombie.

In March 2006, he released his newest album, entitled “Educated Horses”. The album was a more stripped down, raw rock record, and quite a departure from the techno-industrial feel of the old Zombie albums. While this change, along with Zombie’s change of appearance (he lost the dreadlocks and went back to his natural hair color, blonde), upset many of his fans, it allowed Rob to experiment with his style without deviating from his core fan base.


Growing up, Rob had a fascination with horror films, and has stated that he always "wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and Stan Lee. While raising their sons, Rob's parents worked in a carnival, but they chose to leave after a riot broke out and tents were set on fire. Zombie recalled the experience in an interview, stating, "Everybody's pulling out guns, and you could hear guns going off. I remember this one guy we knew, he was telling us where to go, and some guy just ran up to him and hit him in the face with a hammer – just busted his face wide open. My parents packed up real quick, and we took off."

Cummings graduated from Haverhill High School in 1983. He moved to New York City, and he began attending Parsons School of Design where he met eventual girlfriend Sean Yseult.

Presently, Rob Zombie lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.


Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965), better known by his stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer.
Five of his albums have been certified platinum and another two have been certified gold, making him the artist with the most gold and platinum discs on the Geffen Records label.
Zombie has also established a successful career as a film director, creating the movies House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, the 2007 remake of Halloween.
In 1996, Zombie collaborated with Alice Cooper on the song "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)" for the X-Files tie-in CD Songs in the Key of X. It was Zombie's first work outside of his band White Zombie. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance the same year, but lost to Nine Inch Nails for their song "Happiness in Slavery".
The song entitled "The Great American Nightmare" is the opening theme for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

 

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