SO I GUESS ROB ZOMBIE WON’T BE PLAYING OZZFEST AGAIN
Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie used to be friends and occasional tour mates, united by shared history of starting successful solo careers after first fronting successful bands, a tenuous connection to horror movies and all things Evil, and their mainstream appeal to meatheads everywhere.
But now 50% of Ozzy’s band consists of ex-members of Zombie’s band — that would be bassist Blasko and drummer Tommy Clufetos — and because Rob wanted to make my day, he got catty about Ozzy poaching his members in a recent interview. The video is above (the smack talk starts around the 54 second mark), but here’s a transcription of what he said:
“I think there’s ways to do things and I think there’s ways to not do things and I think the way they’ve chosen to do things is not how I would do things; I think it’s kind of rude. I mean, if my guys that I have wanna go play with other people, that’s fine; I don’t own them. But I think there’s ways to do things in a respectful way and there’s ways to just be shitty, and I feel that the way things have gone down lately has been pretty shitty. But whatever… What comes around goes around. But I’m just happy because every time I’ve lost somebody, I’ve gotten somebody ten times better, so I’m thankful for that. So if somebody’s band wants to be made up of my cast-offs, enjoy.”
Wow. He just referred to some pretty talented musicians as “my cast-offs.” Harsh.
Look: I know I give Zombie a lot of shit for his crappy movies, but other than the fact that it all gets kinda redundant after awhile, I really have nothing against the guy’s music. And he puts on a really, really fun live show — I completely understand why he’s as successful as he is. And he seems to be pretty much straight shootin’ here: he’s not so stupid as to think that anyone would prefer to play for him instead of Ozzy (’cause I’m sure playing for Rob pays, but I’m also sure playing for Ozzy PAYS, y’know?), he’s just saying, “Be polite about how you leave.” Which is perfectly valid.
Of course, I really have no idea how things went down behind-the-scenes; Blasko and Clufetos could be watching this interview right now, scratching their heads, going “What the fuck is talking about?” It’s possible that Rob’s just pissy. Hopefully we’ll get the Camp Osbourne side of the story soon.