Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rob Zombie comments on skate park controversy

Rob Zombie and his wife, Sheri, have been making headlines over their noise complaint against a skate park next door to their Woodbury, Connecticut home, and now the rocker is stepping up to comment on the alleged controversy.

In a posting on Facebook Monday night, Rob lamented the potential for finding a simple solution, saying the issue "has already become a [expletive] witch hunt. No one is crushing little people. Just trying to fix the sound of metal ramps crashing in my backyard. Not trying to [expletive] with anyone, just trying to find a solution. Trust me, if this was in your backyard you would agree."

Zombie then commented on the controversy created by the headlines.

"It seems nuts to even have to address this, but I guess I will,” he posted. “Some really crazy articles have popped up making claims about 'hating skaters' and 'hating children.' None of this is true and it makes me sick that someone would print such lies. There is a simple matter going on in which we are trying to find a solution that will make EVERYBODY happy. Unfortunately, someone decided to turn it into a whole ugly event.What a bummer."

The Hartford Courant reports that s ince the complaint, first publicly voiced by Sheri Zombie at a June 19 budget meeting, the park's hours have been reduced from 8 a.m. to dusk daily, to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Woodbury parks and recreation board was scheduled to meet Tuesday, but was canceled for a lack of a quorum. The agenda didn't include the skate park, but the issue was expected to be discussed.

Woodbury First Selectman Jerry Stomski said that except for Sheri Zombie's complaint, the town only heard from two people about the skate park.

Stomski's office said since the park's opening in April, the town has installed $3,250 worth of soundproofing. He said the town is examining options for more soundproofing as well as relocating the park.

Rob Zombie just completed a summer trip across North America headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The rocker filmed his set in Houston (Aug 3) and Dallas (Aug 4) for an upcoming live DVD release.

Released in April, Zombie’s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 34,000.

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