Metal Insider Interviews Piggy D
Rob Zombie Bassist Piggy D. On Re-Releasing ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2′ And His Non-Metal Influences
Posted by Zach Shaw on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:24 am
Piggy D. is more than just a backing bassist. In addition to playing a heavy role in Rob Zombie’s stage show and new music, as well as his own solo material , Piggy has worked as both a musician and artwork designer with artists like Alice Cooper, Lita Ford and many more. During the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival’s stop in Camden, NJ, the bassist/guitarist sat down with Metal Insider to discuss the new version of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (which includes three new songs, re-edits and new artwork), his experience with working with Zombie, Cooper and Joey Jordison and how the art of the album is dying in a struggling industry.
Mayhem Fest has been going on for the past few weeks now. How’s it been so far?
Unbelievable! It’s been really good. We get an hour every night to do what we do. We sort of try to cram everything into one hour. It’s an hour of power, so don’t blink or you’ll miss something.
Well with all the crazy visuals I don’t think it’ll be easy to blink.
(laughing) Yeah, right! I don’t blink.
You’ve been in the band for a while now, but Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is your first record with Zombie.
The first studio record, yeah, as well as the live record [2007’s Zombie Live]. It was really cool. We just did it as a band and now we’ve redone it. So now it’s coming back out. The version that’s on the market now is going away. You’re not going to be able to buy it anymore. So there’s a new version of the record coming out with three new songs that are in the record. So it’s a new record.
Wait, so it’s a deluxe version or a new album altogether?
It’s a deluxe version, but it’s actually the original or ‘what it was supposed’ to be version. It’s very confusing. This is the way the record was supposed to be the first time. There’s new artwork, there’s a DVD, and there’s music that’s not on the version that’s out now. This is Hellbilly Deluxe 2 “redo”/the way it should be.
So you re-recorded each song?
No, we didn’t re-record it, but there’s edits and there’s new music on it in the context of the record that really makes it.
I see. Well what makes the “re-edits” different? Besides the artwork and new songs.
It’s got a different vibe. The artwork plays a huge part of it because it’s all new and it’s really dark. The new songs are really dark and really heavy. Probably some of the heaviest stuff he’s recorded ever. It’s really cool. We’re all really jacked up about it.
Read the COMPLETE interview here: http://www.metalinsider.net/interviews/rob-zombie-bassist-piggy-d-on-re-releasing-hellbilly-deluxe-2-and-his-non-metal-influences