Rolling Stone Records ~ Norridge IL
December 5, 2001
When I found out Rob Zombie and band were doing an in-store near me for “The Sinister Urge” I couldn’t have been happier.
*side note: back in 1998 Rob did an in-store for “Hellbilly” but I was going to be in Colorado. However, a friend of mine at the time was going and offered to take my CD booklet in case they were allowing more than one thing to be signed! Well they DID!!!
My friend Kim and I got in line early and waited with many, many, many other people. I had always heard from others that had met Rob that he was one of the nicest, most down to earth people ever. Well, they were telling the truth. Rob was SO laid back and also very sincere. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.
As we got closer to the door, I was getting a little nervous…more nervous than when I met Ozzy a couple months before! Go figure, right? We were told NO PICTURES and we could only have 2 things signed. I brought with me “Astro Creep” on blue vinyl, The Sinister Urge CD booklet, the DRAGULA plate from the front of my husband’s truck and a poster. I planned to have the vinyl and CD booklet signed. I thought about having the plate signed but then I figured someone might steal it off the truck! I decided to just show it to him.
Once we made it in through the door we could see Rob (who was standing) and the rest of the band sitting at a table. There were also skulls and skeletons all about. Not long after the meet and greet started we saw flashes. IT WAS ON! Kim and I exchanged cameras! hehe Kim went through the line first and I took a picture of her and Rob.
OMG! It was now my turn and I was still so nervous. Since you don’t normally get a lot of time to say “that thing you want to say” at in-stores and I usually forget what I had planned to say anyway, I quickly blurted out some jumbled words, asked for a picture, had him sign my “Astro Creep” blue vinyl (he asked “on the vinyl?” and I said “yes”) and the new CD.
I moved down the line and met Riggs, Tempesta and Blasko. I was just as excited to meet them as I was Rob. They all made great music and put on a hell of a show! They all signed the CD (on the group band page instead of their own page like I had Rob!! ugh haha) and I had Tempesta sign the vinyl too. I then got behind the table and had Kim take a picture of me with the guys. That picture looks horrible so it has been burned! Haha
At one point, Riggs commented on Tempesta’s SHORT hair on the sleeve of the Astro Creep album! He didn’t think it was very funny. I started walking away from the table then realized I forgot to show Rob something. I had Kim watch my stuff and I walked back over to the table. I told the “official” looking guy that I had forgotten to show Rob something and asked if I could sneak in really quick to show him. He asked what it was and I showed him the plate. He nodded yes.
Again, I was quickly rambling with my words but told Rob in all my excitment I had forgotten to show him something. I told him my husband had surprised me with a license plate for our truck and then showed him the DRAGULA license plate. He commented that he had never seen that before. I told him we were surprised when we got it too. I said thanks and then did the dorkiest thing ever. As I walked past the table with the plate facing the band, I bent my knees a little and kind of bounced up and down as I was walking by.
There was so much more I wish I could have said to Rob…but oh well. Maybe another time, right? When I got home that night, I had a dream that I met Rob and the rest of the band after the concert and in my dream I was able to tell him everything I had wanted to in real life. Pretty wild, eh?