Rob Zombie may be headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, but that doesn't mean the heavy metal icon doesn't enjoy some peace and quiet every now and then.
But a small skate park constructed near his home in Woodbury, Connecticut, is making it very hard for the rocker to get the beauty rest he needs so he can be the best Zombie he can be.
At a budget meeting held in the Litchfield County town last month, Zombie's wife Sheri spoke out against the Hollow Park Skatepark, telling officials she, her husband, and some of their neighbors find the recreational area to be "a significant noise pollutant." [pdf]
The park, a major hangout for local kids looking for fun physical activity, has since seen its hours severely reduced.
"We petitioned and raised funds for two years to get the skate park built in Woodbury," said Amanda Klimak, one of the park's founders. "It is now in full operation and the kids are loving it, however, now the hours have been cut significantly to keep a very famous neighbor happy."
Zombie, 48, who has taken it on the chin from music blogs claiming he hates skaters and children, pushed back on Facebook, saying "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," the House of 1000 Corpses filmmaker wrote his nearly 3 million followers. "Unfortunately someone decided to turn it into a whole ugly event. What a bummer."
For her part, Kilmak says that if Zombie really wanted to make everyone happy, he'd invest money into the skate park rather than spend it on lawyers.
"It would be tax deductible and a great gesture to the kids who have bought his movie tickets and music," she said.