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White Zombie ex Sean Yseult says Rob Zombie solo album was 'a slap in the face'

Sean Yseult
Sean Yseult (Image credit: Getty)

Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult recalls feeling like Rob Zombie’s debut solo album was a “slap in the face” after the band split in 1997.

She recalls that she, frontman Rob Zombie and guitarist Jay Yuenger had agreed to meet up after a year apart to discuss making more music – but she says that Zombie declined reunion plans and issued his 1998 debut Hellbilly Deluxe soon afterwards.

Yseult tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: “First of all, I knew that we were breaking up – it wasn’t a big surprise – but it was a little bit of a slap in the face to me and Jay. After one year, we were supposed to be taking a break, and then we were going to have a call and talk about getting back together and making a record.

“I knew that we weren’t getting back together, but Jay and I both said, ‘We have more riffs. We’d love to write some more music.’ And Rob kept saying, ‘No, no, no. I think we’re done.’”

She continues: “What are you gonna say? You can’t tell the singer that he has to sing. Even though our manager told Jay and I that we should go on and continue on with White Zombie and get a new singer, we both refused that.

“But the slap in the face was that Rob’s solo record came out, like, the next day – so he spent that year making a record, knowing that White Zombie wasn’t going to be a band again. But, like, who cares? I didn’t care. I moved to New Orleans. I knew that we’d already broken up anyway.”

Earlier this month record label Numero issued White Zombie’s It Came From NYC box set, which includes out-of-print EPs and LPs and a hardback book. The 39 tracks were remastered by Yseult.

Meanwhile, Rob Zombie will kick off his North American tour with Korn next month.

Rob Zombie 2016 tour dates

Jul 19: Greenwood Village Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, CO
Jul 20: Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheatre, UT
Jul 22: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
Jul 23: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ
Jul 24: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 26: Nampa Idaho Center Amphitheatre, ID
Jul 27: Auburn White River Amphitheatre, WA
Jul 29: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 30: Las Vegas Mandalay Bat Resort & Casino, NV
Aug 02: Austin 360 Amphitheatre, TX
Aug 03: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 04: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavillion, TX
Aug 06: Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center, IN
Aug 07: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Aug 09: St Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 10: Bonner Springs Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre, KS
Aug 21: Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Aug 23: Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, ON
Aug 24: Akron Blossom Music Center, OH
Aug 25: Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion, PA
Aug 27: Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater, NY
Aug 28: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
Aug 30: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Sep 01: Hartford Xfinity Theatre, CT
Sep 02: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Sep 03: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA

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