Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL
Rob Zombie, a recent fan of BABYMETAL, has been outspoken since seeing them live.
After seeing them live the first time recently, here is a summary of what Rob had to say.
“It’s like nothing I have ever seen before. Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make Death Metal cute. It was awesome”
“The crowd was going Ape Sh#t, the amount of crowdsurfing … and complete mayhem… is the most bizarre fn thing”
Watch the unedited interview below, linked right to the question asking him about BABYMETAL.
Pablo from 93X interviews Rob Zombie at Northern Invasion
Rob’s recent shares and thoughts on BABYMETAL has got the band trending on Facebook once again, and there was no shortage of haters helping it trend. It may be safe to say we owe the BABYMETAL haters for at least a portion of the bands raising popularity.
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Which brings me to the Ladybeard part of the story, on his segment #AskLadybeard.
Ladybeard had a few things to say about Rob Zombie and Metal Purists on SBS PopAsia Kawaii Konnection program.
^ Listen to Ladybeard’s response to the question in full here ^
Q. Have you seen that story about Rob Zombie and BABYMETAL vs some haters?
Here is a summary of what Ladybeard had to say on the subject of metal purist and haters.
“It didn’t surprise me in any way, that whole story, Rob Zombie did a great job sticking up for the girls.”
“…most actual metal artists are really behind BABYMETAL, they realize how unique and interesting and fun and engauging BABYMETAL’s show and concept is…”
“I’m not opposed to the Purists having this attitude… I think your role as an artist to be both Loved and Hated, in equal measure.”
“You put your work into the world and there are people who are going to respond to it positively. But there is just as many people who will respond to it negatively, a lot of the time more. Then there is people who just don’t care.”
“The Heavy Metal Purists have made up their minds that they love, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth… and THAT IS ALL! Anything else, see you later, we’re not having it, we don’t care, especially anything that can be considered ‘Pop’ or ‘Mainstream’…”
“With this attitude directed towards me (LADYBABY), that makes me quite happy, it’s those guys who keep the spirit of ‘Heavy Metal’… They maintain a strong sense of what ‘Heavy Metal’ is.”
“… fans get a sense of identity of being our fans, the haters are the same, they are proud of being the ‘Haters’.”
“I heard about it, I say good job Rob Zombie. I thought he was very articulate sticking up for BABYMETAL. Bless him, but at the same time I have no problem with the ‘Haters’.”
So maybe the ‘Haters’ do have some force behind BABYMETAL’s word of mouth. They were a help to getting the group more viral than just the fans can do sharing the greatness of the group between themselves. That is at least a factor, and I would say a powerful one.
I like to think many of these Purists will have a sister or a daughter who will love BABYMETAL after seeing them rant about it. As with this Rob Zombie story, you never know who the next big supporter will be. Rob has seen the videos long before, but after seeing them live, he became one of the long time Heavy Metal performers who support BABYMETAL, and think what they are doing is positive.