Rob Zombie caught in “noise pollution” spat with his Connecticut hometown

Oh, the irony. Rob Zombie and his wife, Sheri Zombie, live in the wealthy Connecticut enclave of Woodbury, a town of around 10,000 people. At a town meeting earlier in the summer Sheri Zombie complained to the council about a new skatepark constructed near their house over the winter. She said the noise from the park was “obnoxious” and had “reduced the quality of life for me and my other two neighbors.”

The town said they’d look into it, and Woodbury first selectman Gerald Stomski noted that the town is looking into way to limit the noise, including reducing its operating hours. He also said that the Zombies would be treated the same way as any other resident of the town.

Rob Zombie himself took to his Facebook page to defend himself from critics who claimed he was being unnecessarily harsh towards young people who enjoy skateboarding – possibly some of the same demographic that might listen to his music.

“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,” Zombie wrote. “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.”

It’s worth nothing that a skatepark would likely be open six days a week, 52 weeks per year. The Waterfront Concerts, in which Zombie’s Mayhem Festival appearance generated much discussion in Bangor about the noise in nearby neighborhoods, occur approximately 20 nights per year. It’s also true that it wasn’t Zombie personally that defended the Waterfront Concerts from its critics – it just happened to be his concert was that one that caused the most complaints.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.