Rob Zombie Explains Why He’s Vegan
Rob Zombie became a vegetarian at 18, but the 56-year-old went vegan a little under a decade ago and hasn’t looked back.
The rocker recently spoke to GQ about when and why he decided to go vegan. He recounted:
“The vegetarian thing started when I was in high school. I never really liked eating meat. Whenever I was served pork chops or something, it would just taste awful to me. We’re all brainwashed from the moment we’re born that all the cows are happy and the pigs are happy and everybody’s so happy and it’s all ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm.’ And then I saw a movie that was the first time I really saw how brutal and disgusting factory farming was. That’s when I was, like, ‘I’m done.’
“Over the years I would eat cheese or put some creamer in my coffee or something. It was about nine years ago that I was eating eggs for breakfast. And I was just, like, ‘This is disgusting and I’m done.’ And that was it. I’ve been 100% vegan since that moment.”
He continued, explaining what he likes to eat:
“My wife is an excellent cook, which makes my life easy. Every day we eat the exact same breakfast. I’ve always been like that — I could eat the same meal every day and never get bored of it. We have oatmeal, toast, and fruit. And I have coffee.
“Lunch always varies. There’s a lot of decent frozen vegan stuff if we’re in a hurry, like frozen burritos or pad thai or different pasta dishes. Sheri’s very good at making these super-elaborate salads. Salad used to be awful iceberg lettuce and a tasteful tomato. That’s why so many people don’t care about vegetables; we grew up eating vegetables that had no taste. When you get good vegetables that are prepared right, they’re super delicious.
“We have a pretty big garden, and when you get stuff directly from your garden, you’re, like, woah. I didn’t realize the taste could vary that much. We also have a lot of peach trees.”
Zombie’s upcoming album, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, comes out on March 12. You can listen to the two singles released so far — “The Triumph of King Freak (a Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” and “The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man” — below.