At last week’s Revolver Magazine Golden Gods awards in LA, Rob Zombie and his bandmates – Piggy D, John 5 and Ginger Fish – were interviewed on the ‘Black Carpet’ before the show started. Rob Zombie was honored with this years “Golden God” award while his guitarist John 5 won the Best Guitarist accolade.
To watch the interview (more…)
Piggy D will be making a guest appearance on Billy Morrison’s Dirty Little Secrets radio show this Sunday 11.00am PST. Morrison and Piggy D recently appeared at the Rock Against MS benefit concert, in aid of helping friend and publicist Nancy Sayle.
You can tune in by going here: http://www.live365.com/stations/transcend_radio
You can call into the show here: 818.752.4989
Great interview from Brightest Young Things with Piggy D and his Zombie bandmate John 5 on the eve of the New York City show.
HAUNTING MEMORIES: JOHN5 AND PIGGY D
Piggy D. plays bass for Rob Zombie, as well as having his own great solo project and work with the band Black Foxx. He’s also a graphic designer and artist, having designed the cover for a Lita Ford album, among others. His debut solo album, The Evacuation Plan, is worth checking out, and songs like “Locust Dance” and “God Save the Queen Bee” are killer. You’ll be able to hear and see his bass playing prowess on his current tour with Rob Zombie. (more…)
Back Beat Seattle sat down with Piggy D before their dat at the WaMu Theater show on August 6.
Bassist, singer and songwriter Piggy D. chatted with me earlier this year via telephone and was awesome enough to answer questions I had about his life and interests. Piggy D. plays bass in Rob Zombie and also has a really cool solo project.. He’s also a graphic designer and artist. His debut solo album, The Evacuation Plan is absolutely worth checking out, and new songs “Locust Dance” and “God Save the Queen Bee” floor me. You’ll be able to hear and see his bass playing prowess this Saturday, August 6th at WaMu Theater when Rob Zombie co-headlines with Slayer.
The song “God Save the Queen Bee” is fantastic. Are you going to be releasing more songs one by one?
Piggy D.: Thanks. I seem to be one of the only people that bought into this philosophy, as much as an album nerd as I am, especially with other bands, I think for lesser-established solo artists that’s 100 percent the wrong way to go. I’m kind of following my own BS theory. I just don’t think in 2011, technology the way it is, people have the attention span to listen to a 10 or 12 song record. (more…)
Zoiks Online sat down to chat with Piggy D to talk about the Hell on Earth Slayer/Zombie dates
One of the hottest tours this summer is the pairing of Rob Zombie and Slayer. In one corner you have the fun almost cartoonish version of evil and in the other corner you actually have evil. Recently I got the chance to catch up with Rob Zombie bassist Piggy D to talk about the upcoming tour and potentially new Rob Zombie music.
Zoiks!: How excited are you for the upcoming tour with Slayer.
Piggy D: Aw, it’s going to be awesome.
Z!: What can fans expect from a Slayer/Rob Zombie show?
PD: Oh my God! (laughs) You know what’s cool about this tour, is that it’s one of the tours where you open the paper and you see the ad for it and you see both names and you go, ‘holy shit…. in the same night.’ Rob Zombie you have the big crazy monster, theatrical fire extravaganza, then you have Slayer, one of the heaviest bands of all time. It’s going to be awesome. (more…)
Watch the interview below.
Many thanks to Sonic Shocks Website
PitXplorer Magazine have released a video interview they made with both Piggy D and fellow Rob Zombie band mate John 5 while they were in Oberhausen Germany recently as part of their European tour schedule.
From their website: http://www.blackvelvetmagazine.com
Rob Zombie’s Piggy D tells us how thinks pop music is more exciting than rock n’ roll these days, how Rob Zombie is taking more risks, how he thinks the 12 song album is dead and how he wouldn’t want to live in a house with Justin Bieber (or Lady Gaga).
Issue 67 is on sale now and you can purchase it from their site here: http://www.blackvelvetmagazine.com/contents.htm by ordering online or if in the area by visiting:
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- Cardiff Spillers
- Derby Viva Hate
- Dudley ST Records
- Leeds Jumbo Records
- Preston Styx Market Store
- Redditch Train Station Newsagents
- Sheffield Rocky Horrors
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For more purchase options go here: http://www.blackvelvetmagazine.com/shops.htm
From Sonicshocks.com: http://www.sonicshocks.com/ROB-ZOMBIE-Piggy-D-interview.php
It’s been a while since we’ve experienced such an atmosphere here at Brixton Academy. Rob Zombie has deserted UK shores for 12 years now, and finally everything is ready for the premiere of what is likely to be THE rock show of 2011.
We know the props are going to be the best props, the lights the best lights, the clips the best clips, and we know the Z Man will still put all of that in the shade with his magnetic, storming presence.
Everyone seemed to be there that night, and by now those who weren’t must have heard everything from their friends, Facebook, Twitter and an army of excited reviewers. But you haven’t heard it from Piggy D yet! So here is a sneak peek on the show from him, and a chat about all things Rob Zombie and his own projects.
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Interviews - Five Minutes With…
Written by Dom Smith
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 10:53
It was recently announced that alternative music and horror movie icon Rob Zombie would be bringing his band, an epic freakshow and some anthemic tunes to the UK on tour in February of next year. Naturally, we were excited and so, thought that it might be a good time to get word from inside the Zombie camp and decided to pull out bassist Piggy D to chat with us about what inspired the band’s forthcoming invasion of our shores after Rob’s 12-year absence. We also find out more about the overall mood in the band as they look forward and some of the inspiration behind Piggy’s solo work.
“On tour, I get to be a monster every night!”
S] What are you looking forward to about touring the UK with Rob Zombie?
PD] Oh my God! You have no idea. It’s been like 12 years for Rob Zombie, and five for me. I haven’t been back since I joined this band. My previous ones, Wednesday 13 and Amen spent so much time there. I have so many people I miss there. I think the UK is so much more receptive anything art related. I can’t wait to bring this show over there.
S] What was the mood like in the band when you found out about the dates?
PD] Pure excitement really. I had been saying to the band for the last five years that we should do it, and now it’s happening. We are all very excited.
S] Is there as song that means the most to you to play out live – or is the most fun?
PD] I used to love playing ‘Feel So Numb’ live. We have since retired that one. Now the favourite is ‘Pussy Liquor’ – that song is pure sex. The audience is just on the edge of fu**ing each other when we play that one I think. It’s all vibe out there. [laughs]
S] What can UK fans expect from the Zombie live show – any surprises?
PD] We would love to bring the entire production over. I’m not really sure how many bands can do that, or even have the show to bring. Our show is high energy and party-like with all the bells and whistles. The pyro, video and monsters just send it over the edge.
S] What’s the best thing about being a part of Rob Zombie’s band in contrast to working on your solo stuff?
PD] The band is so chilled. Everybody gets along so well, that touring together for long periods of time is so easy. There is nothing theatrical about that at all. I have the best of both worlds really. I get to be a monster on stage every night, but solo, I am a completely different person. There are things I do with Zombie, that I would never do on stage if was by myself, but it’s a part of me that I get to express. That kinda rules.
S] How is the inspiration different for you when working solo in contrast to working on Zombie stuff?
PD] Musically, Rob’s band is so different than anything I have ever done on my own. I come from a similar musical background to Rob, we like a lot of the same stuff. But there are also entire genres of music that I really love, that no one else really does. Needless to say, my iPod stays out of the dressing room rotation. [laughs] My solo stuff allows me to just be… me. I love artists like Bob Mould, and The Replacements. I also love ‘girly’ pop stuff. I write that in my down time as well. I also love country music. I explore all of these styles outside of the RZ band but I love nothing more than playing the classic Zombie tunes on stage. It’s such a release to be a part of this music on stage.
S] Can you tell us about some of your best experiences working on the latest Zombie record, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2′?
PD] It was really cool, and something I haven’t done before. Everyone in the band was there everyday, regardless of what was going on. We tracked it live together, so it has a real organic feel. It was a long process of really just jamming out ideas. So fun and chilled. I think the end result really sounds like a band that knows each other musically.
S] What’s the dynamic like in the band at the moment – you’ve worked with everyone separately on their own projects, so what’s it like working together in the studio with John 5, Joey Jordison and Rob, being on tour?
PD] We have so much fun. We really enjoy being around each other and being creative. It can be so hard to find people that feel as passionately as you do. I think we found that with this line-up. We don’t have to think about making the music or performing, we just do it.
S] There are dates in cities like Leeds and Birmingham on this tour – was it a conscious decision to cover all of the UK instead of just covering the main tour stops like London and Manchester?
PD] Yes. We really wanted to spend some time over there, not just do London and go home. People have waited so long, it seemed like the least we could do. Next time, I imagine we will stay longer. I’d love to do Ireland.
Read the full interview here: http://www.spheremag.co.uk/interviews/59-five-minutes-with/1661-interview-piggy-d-rob-zombie
* Thanks to Michelle Kerr @ Roadrunner.
Piggy D of Rob Zombie takes us all on a true story about a very spooky scary Halloween night.
Nicolle Marie of Central PA Plugin Online Magazine interviewed Piggy D on the recent Mayhem tour
Gettin’ Metal with Piggy D. of Rob Zombie
PI: Piggy how is Mayhem going so far?
PD: It’s Awesome! They have all these great bands here, that we get to play with everyday. And everybody is a lot of fun to hang out with. And our show RULES, haha we have so much fun. It’s only an hour, but it’s everything you can possibly do in one hour, and not set yourself on fire. So yea, its fun!
PI: So I know you’re a guitarist not a bassist. Is this the first band you’ve played bass for?
PD: You’re right, and yes it is.
PI: Do you like playing bass for RZ?
PD: I love it. I’ve had more fun playing bass on stage than I’ve ever had playing guitar in a band. It’s weird, and there’s a funny story to it. In 96‘or ’97 I met Geddy Lee from Rush backstage at a show and he walked right up to me and was like “Hi im Geddy” and I was like “wow haha I know who you are”, then he said “Yea, um, you should play bass” when I shook his hand. I said “well I’m a guitar player” and he was like “Yea, I know, but your going to play bass”. And now, yep, I’m playing bass.
PI: Well he’s quite the philosopher, Geddy Lee.
PD: Exactly! He’s like Yoda!
PI: If you had to describe your life right now in 4 words, what would they be?
PD: Very hot and sticky. Haha, that’s as descriptive as I’m gunna get right now.
PI: When you we younger, back in your first band, Spunk, did you ever picture yourself doing what you’re doing now?
PD: You know what’s funny, now that you just said that, Spunk actually opened for White Zombie one time.
PI: Oh wow, that is funny, I didn’t know that.
PD: Yea, crazy. But did I ever imagine this? Absolutely. I never stopped thinking about this.
PI: Who would you say that your major musical influences are?
PD: Well when I was a kid it was Johnny Ramone and Alice Cooper. Those would be the top two, and they still are, but in the last 10 years, from a more mature writing perspective, I’ve been into Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould, Bob Dylan, people like that, they are big influences. Lady Gaga,.. haha
PI: Are there any songs on your playlist that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
PD: Haha no, nothing im embarrassed of. Nothing embarrasses me. No I love pop music, I always have, even as a kid. Pop became this dirty word among metal guys and its not cool to say you listen to Katy Perry or Lady Gaga or Ke$ha, but I love all of those records, they are amazing,…
PI: Haha I totally agree, we were listening to Ke$ha on the drive here..
PD: Ah yeaaa dude Ke$ha rulesss, how could someone not like songs like that?
PD: If you don’t like stuff like that there is something fucking wrong with you. Those records are just a good time. And who doesn’t like a good time? I like a good time, ALL the time, haha.
PI: Oh I think I know what you mean…
Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.centralpapluggedin.com/blog-stuff/gettin-metal-with-piggy-d-of-rob-zombie
Taken on the recent Mayhem Tour, Target Audience Magazine’s Ellen Eldridge interviews Piggy D at Atlanta’s 2010 Mayhem.
In Part One, Piggy D talks about: Rob Zombie Album Hellbilly Deluxe 2, Other Projects, Inspiration, Different instrumentsplayed, Networking, Favorite Rob Zombie tune to play live.
In Part Two, Piggy D talks about entertaining the crowd, songwriting, Inspiration, and originality.
On July 18th Groovey of Colorado Music Buzz & Entertainment interviewed Piggy D while he and Zombie were stopped in Denver as part of the Mayhem 2010 tour.
Capital Chaos conducted an interview with Piggy D on July 11, 2010 at the Mountain View, California stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
Video originally appeared on PI’s YT channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlatinumInferno
From the video:
I had the chance to film an interview with Piggy D the Bassist from Rob Zombie at Rock on the Range in Ohio 2010.
Read the full interview here: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-1397-interview-with-piggy-from-rob-zombie.html
Interview with Piggy from Rob Zombie
Posted By: Amy Harris
Rob Zombie performed as part of the Mayhem Festival in Cincinnati last Wednesday alongside KORN, Lamb of God and others. The resilient crowd stayed through the rain to enjoy a full day of metal music. Zombie performed a pyro filled, high-energy set for the crowd at Riverbend Music Center.
We caught up with Piggy D, the bass player for Zombie, after the festival to discuss his day in Cincinnati and the upcoming fall tour.
CB: Are you guys working on any new music right now out on the road?
Piggy: Yeah, we’ve got 3 new songs that will hopefully be done soon. I don’t know exactly when, but they are really really cool. Hopefully they will be out soon.
CB: I know that you kind of have a background in graphic design and photography, how did you start doing it? I know you do graphic arts for other artists, but do you do any fine art photography? What is your passion with photography?
Piggy: Photography is kind of one of those weird things. I have been into it since I was a kid, but I haven’t really had the time to really hone in on one thing. I mean I bring a camera with me everywhere and I shoot the band and I do some stuff for the album. I don’t really focus on one thing, it primarily just happens to be Rock stuff and shooting a few different artists. I love portrait stuff; I love anything that I am passionate about. I love to shoot. The only thing I haven’t done a lot of is live photography. It takes time to really develop a voice or a style. I was a graphic artist before I was a photographer. People started paying me to do art. I got serious about photography later on, so now it is really starting to merge the two, which is cool. It is changing the way I shoot, because a lot of the music is crazy and colorful, a lot of layers.
CB: I was just in New Orleans a couple weeks ago and I know you lived there before Katrina, do you still live there, or have you been back? They kind of can’t get a break with this oil spill, so I didn’t know if you were still involved with the area, or if you had moved out after Katrina.
Piggy: That poor city, they really can’t get a break. I moved there just prior to Katrina; I think like 3 months. I got a house, got all set up and moved in, and it was weird. It was just one bad event after event ever since I got into this house. It’s a long story, but the day before the hurricane hit, I went back to where I was before the house, and that was it. I never went back. I still have a couple friends that live down there, but I just haven’t been back. I was basically homeless for about 6 months after that with the way things worked out. I ended up back in Las Angeles which is where I am from. Every time I leave Las Angeles, I have wound up back there.
CB: I know you like all kinds of music I’m sure, what is your favorite thing right now?
Piggy: I have some Metal stuff that I grew up with, and it’s like any time I talk to people about music they automatically assume that’s what I listen to. People are like, “Do you have the new Slayer album?” and I’m like, ” No, not really.”
CB: No, I’ve heard you like Lady GaGa.
Piggy: Oh yeah I have a Lady GaGa shirt, I think she is awesome.
Read the full interview here: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-1397-interview-with-piggy-from-rob-zombie.html
From The Gauntlets Website: http://www.thegauntlet.com/interviews/338/Zombie-Rob.html
Shauna O’Donnell from The Gauntlet recently caught up with Piggy D in San Bernando as this years Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off.
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: HEY PIGGY, WHAT’S UP?
Piggy D: Hey! How are you?
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: I’M DOING PRETTY GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?
Piggy D: I’m doing good, it’s good to be here.
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: ARE YOU PRETTY STOKED TO BE CO-HEADLINING MAYHEM THIS YEAR?
Piggy D: Yeah, it’s going to be a blast. We got a huge, huge show.
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: DO YOU ANTICIPATE THE CROWDS TO BE INSANE?
Piggy D: I hope so, California is always a little weird, so this will be a good gauge. If tonight is good, we know it will be good.
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: HOW DID THE GRUESOME TWOSOME TOUR GO?
Piggy D: It was amazing. It was the most fun we’ve ever had on a tour. We had Joey (Jordison) playing drums with us, it was his first tour with us. Just having Alice and Rob in the same room every night was amazing.
SHAUNA O’DONNELL: YOUR LATEST CD HELLBILLY DELUXE II IS OUT. WHY WAS THERE SUCH A LONG TIME SPAN BETWEEN IT AND ITS PREDECESSOR?
Piggy D: I think Rob just really wanted to experiment with different things. Hellbilly Deluxe II is way different from the first one just because that record was really made as a band, which is the first time that he has ever really done that. We all came in everyday, threw riffs on the table, wrote the songs that day and recorded them that day. It was a very organic process and I think that’s probably why it too so long. We had to get to that point where we were that tight as a band that we could pull that off. On this album we all wrote together. John being the guitar player obviously writes most of the riffs. It is ever evolving.
Read the full interview here: http://www.thegauntlet.com/interviews/338/Zombie-Rob.html
From Splattertrivetv’s website: http://www.splattertribe.tv/PiggyD.htm
Rob Zombie Band-Piggy D
-July 01, 2010-
Piggy D has recorded on his own, played guitar for Wednesday 13 and played in the band Amen, but now he spends his time acting out a real life Zombie movie, on a nightly basis, in front thousands of people. I mean, does it get any cooler than that? Why does he act out a Zombie movie every night? Well, because since 2006, Piggy D had been the bass player for multi-platinum recording artist and movie director Rob Zombie while touring the world as a member of the 4-man Zombie-Death & Dance-Crew known as The Rob Zombie Band. Piggy also spends his down time working on art and graphic designs, taking photo’s, directing video’s and running a small, devious little country in hidden land very, very far away… Well, he doesn’t exactly run a country, in a hidden land far, far away (not that I am aware of, at least) but he does do all of the other things listed above and he has done them for the likes of Shock-Rock’s Godfather and legend Alice Cooper.
I met Piggy D at this years Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio- a little before his Zombie transformation that would take place later in that very day- and we sat down and had a conversation about some of history and his current projects. Little did he know at that exact moment of time though, that he had altered the course of history forever, because for now and forever more, the whole Zombie family is Officially SPLATTERED!
SplatterTribe: It seems like each member of the Zombie band has something else going on outside of the band, is that a prerequisite to be in this band or something…
Piggy D: It’s not a prerequisite, it just kind of works out that way because Rob makes movies now, so we have a lot of downtime and the more creative you are, the more you have to do on your own, the faster the time flies.
SplatterTribe: You also design clothing and do graphic art designing as well, correct?
Piggy D: Clothing is something I’ve done since I was a kid. I would get hand-me-down clothes and clothes that fit me or whatever (and I’d) make something out of nothing. Art is something I’ve always done since I was a kid as well. Now I’m doing album cover art. I’m doing photos & packaging designs for different bands. My company does a lot of merchandising designs.
Read the full interview here: http://www.splattertribe.tv/PiggyD.htm
From Muen Magazine: muenmagazine.net/2010/06/piggy-d-interview-done-at-rock-on-the-range-2010/
Muen Magazine.com recently caught up with Piggy D at the Rock on the Range Festival. Read the full interview on their website but enjoy the excerpt here:
MsBrandyRock: How did you get your stage name?
Piggy D: The first touring band I was in, in Texas, I was 16 years old. The band was called Spunk. All the guys in the band were 8 to 10 years older than me and their slogan that was painted on the side of their kick drum said ‘Burly Pig Rock’. Since I was the youngest guy in the band they would haze me, kinda like fraternity initiations. When I would fall asleep in the van, they would write with permanent maker ‘the burly piglet’ on my chest, draw a pig, cut my hair, all kinds of horrible things. And it just stuck they called me Piglet. And it stuck through every band I was in. And I knew a hundred Matt’s so it was just easier, ‘oh this Piglet guy’.
MsBrandyRock: So you decided to go with Piggy instead of Piglet?
Piggy D: Yeah, it would insinuate that not only am I very small but I’m also very young, which I’m not anymore.
MsBrandyRock: Have you ever heard of the local band Noise Auction? They played early today and one of the guys, he’s really short and he goes by Shorty.
Piggy D: Yeah that wouldn’t make sense if he was tall.
MsBrandyRock: They are going on a cruise with the Genitorturers.
Piggy D: Oh cool!
MsBrandyRock: How did you cross paths with Rob Zombie?
Piggy D: I met him as a fan years ago, when I was a kid, several times. But I met him through some mutual friends. His old bass player and I got to be friends and actually did some writing together for Rob, 3 years prior to me being in the band. His bass player called me up one day; I’m actually a guitar player. He was like ‘hey I’m gonna join Ozzy’s band, do you want to take over for me?’ And I’m like well I’m not a bass player.
MsBrandyRock: Blasko right?
Piggy D: Yeah, and he was like you can do it. He asked if I could be there tomorrow. I was in Boston at the time making a record. I flew out to LA and two weeks later I did David Letterman with Rob and that was it. That was 4 and a half years ago.
From PCM Music’s website: pcm-music.com/2010/06/interview-with-rob-zombie-bassist-piggy-d-at-rock-on-the-range/
PCM’s Kristyn Clarke caught up with Piggy D from Rob Zombie’s band! Check out the video below where they discuss life on the road, lessons for aspiring musicians, and more!