Rob Zombie fans are about to experience what he was doing with his three weeks off the Merry Mayhem Tour, which launched on Halloween, while co-headliner Ozzy Osbourne recovered from a broken leg. During the down time, Zombie returned to Los Angeles and directed not one but two videos, his own “Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)” and Ozzy’s “Dreamer,” each of which will be seen early in the new year. In fact, he finished shooting both within one very busy mid-November week.
“Never Gonna Stop (the red, red kroovy)” will be the second track and video spun off from the Top 10-debuting THE SINISTER URGE (Geffen Records), which was released November 13, 2001, following “Feel So Numb.” Said Zombie of the futuristic, ’60s-styled video: “I’m finally doing an idea that I’ve wanted to do for years and years and never got around to. I wanted to basically refilm A CLOCKWORK ORANGE… I always loved that movie.”
“Dreamer” will be the next track and video from Ozzy’s latest hit album, the gold, Top 10 DOWN TO EARTH. Though they teamed for the tour and Ozzy is featured on “Iron Head” on THE SINISTER URGE, that Zombie would direct a video for him came out of the blue. Explained Zombie: “They could have picked anyone but Sharon (Osbourne, Ozzy’s manager and wife) said, ‘We love the video for ‘Feel So Numb.’ We really want you to do Ozzy’s video.”‘ “Dreamer” is notably different from Ozzy’s previous videos. With the song’s thematic kinship to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Zombie took a more classical approach, weaving together a dream world with a winter wonderland.
Zombie’s videography previously included an MTV Video Music Award in 1993 for Best Hard Rock Video for directing White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” and helming numerous other videos for his projects, including a handful for his 1998 triple platinum smash HELLBILLY DELUXE. Among other cinematic excursions, he has also written and directed the as-yet-unreleased feature HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES.
Both Zombie and Ozzy are now back on The Merry Mayhem Tour, which re-started November 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.