At the time, Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs, who played on the huge Hellbilly Deluxe and 2001 The Sinister Envy, would play a clear guitar filled with pig’s blood. In the middle of the show, he would uncork this baby and soak up the blood, sometimes spitting it into the crowd. Now, in a new interview, Riggs reveals he had other more gruesome ideas for the ax – but Rob shut them down.
Talk to ultimate guitar, Riggs was asked about the ins and outs of playing his transparent guitar. He tells how he got hold of it…
“I played guitar live for Prong during their album Rude Awakening and Tommy [Victor] and [Paul] Raven was endorsed by Fernandes…I initially didn’t like the Vertigo/Series H shape…but they offered me an endorsement and I was like “no one uses these things and maybe I can get some do my thing”. I really liked the way they played, but not the look…so I threw them away a bit and ended up really liking them.
“I call the clean The Blood Guitar and the green The Re-animator…I got the idea when someone said to me, ‘There’s nothing new to a guitar / anything has already been done to a guitar”. So I had the idea of a clear guitar that you can put different stuff in… originally I had a “dead” albino snake that I was going to put in it and I had the idea to add rotten meat to it which would fill with maggots and I believe Rob [Zombie] said something like “this is going to stink of the trailer” or something… So it ended up being blood and it worked better because it involves the audience and covers them in blood.
Riggs clarifies, however, that he still found a way to make it disgusting:
“I originally used blood that I bought from a meatpacking plant in Austin, Texas.”
Thing is, we get why Rob didn’t want a meat-filled guitar in his gear trailer. Besides the fact that Rob has been a vegetarian since he was a teenager and a vegan for a long time, the impression I get is that passenger vehicles are smell chambers. Not shitting in a bus bathroom is one of the oldest rules when touring with a band.
Anyway, here it is – too bad we never got the rotten fly guitar. Check out Riggs performing in the “Dragula” video below, and catch Rob maggot-free on one of his upcoming tour dates:
Wed July 20 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO [tickets]Thu July 21 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center [tickets]Saturday, July 23 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]Sun July 24 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion [tickets]Tuesday, July 26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater [tickets]Wed July 27 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater [tickets]Friday, July 29 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion [tickets]Saturday July 30 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [tickets]Sun July 31 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts [tickets]Tuesday August 02 – Burgettstown, PA – The Star Lake Pavilion [tickets]Wed Aug 03 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center [tickets]Friday August 05 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater [tickets]Saturday August 6 – Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater [tickets]Wed Aug 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater [tickets]Friday August 12 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater [tickets]Saturday August 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena [tickets]Sunday August 14 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater [tickets]Tuesday, August 16 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]Thu Aug 18 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]Saturday August 20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena [tickets]Sunday, August 21 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion [tickets]