Over the last nearly thirty years there has been a certain rock star who has been one of the loudest, most over the top men in the business. I’ll admit I’ve been a fan of Rob Zombie dating back to when he was fronting White Zombie, first hearing “More Human than Human” and getting hooked on their ability to blend powerful metal and outstanding beats. Having been a fan for so many years I read a news story today that somewhat made me cringe. In a sign that one of the greatest rockers of recent times is starting to get old, apparently Rob Zombie and his wife Sheri have lodged a noise complaint about a local skate park. (upi.com) Reading that one of your all-time favorite artists is making noise complaints really starts to make you feel a bit old yourself.
The skate park was built after a fund raising effort in the area; it has no lighting as the skate park is not open after dark in accordance with the standard park’s rules. (woodbury-middlebury.patch.com) According to report the Zombies have complained about the noise from the park, as a result it would seem that the park’s hours have been cut, although local kids have been loving it and using it very often. (countytimes.com) Some residents are questioning why Zombie would be looking into litigation instead of using some of his money to improve the park for the kids, some of whom could be fans of both his music and films. From the stories I’ve read, it seems that there are people claiming the complaint is because Rob Zombie hates kids, skateboards, or both, this has resulted in him responding to those particular articles. (facebook.com) Per Mr. Zombie, he doesn’t hate either and he claims he’s trying to find a solution will make everyone happy, if that occurs we’ll see how things pan out.
I may be getting old myself, but reading this report has honestly made me die a little bit inside. I’m not going to stop listening to his music or enjoying his films, as I’m still a huge fan of his work all around, but I may look at his concert antics a bit differently. It’s so hard to see someone you’ve enjoyed for so many years begin to show their age, it just makes you question where time has gone. One thing that I find a bit absurd is the complaint that the skate park was a “significant noise pollutant.” Hearing something like this coming from a rock star, or the wife of a rock star, just doesn’t seem right at all. In a world that’s based on “if it’s too loud, you’re too old,” you shouldn’t be complaining about something like a skate park. Hopefully this is just bad reporting, as suggested by Mr. Zombie; we’ll just see how long it takes for the wheels to roll.