• Axl Rosenberg

ROB ZOMBIE SQUASHES OZZY OSBOURNE BEEF, ANNOUNCES TOUR AXL PREDICTED SIX MONTHS AGOJust a couple of weeks ago Rob Zombie gave an interview where he expressed displeasure over the way Ozzy Osbourne was stealing band members from him; now he’s quickly denied us of potentially weeks or even months of online shit-talking by releasing a statement which ostensibly absolves Ozzy of all responsibility for Zombie’s anger. From Zombie’s MySpace page:

“I am very happy to put this Zombie vs Ozzy crap to rest. I just got off the phone with Ozzy and all is good with us. I have known Ozzy and Sharon for many years and have never had any problems with them. In fact they have always been very cool and easy to deal with. So, needless to say I found this whole situation very strange and a real bummer. This whole thing was really always between my band and a certain ex-drummer not between me and Ozzy. I wish Ozzy nothing but the best. End of story.”

That “certain ex-drummer,” in case you’re thick, is Tommy Clufetos, the latest member of Zombie’s band to defect to the Osbourne camp. Since Zombie’s original statement was that “if my guys that I have wanna go play with other people, that’s fine… 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,” it’s safe to assume that Clufetos didn’t give two weeks notice (or whatever you do in the metal world), and is thus the source of Zombie’s crankiness. Which is fair enough. I mean, Ozzy is always very direct with members of his band when replacing them, so his band should follow the same high standards of proper etiquette and basic decency when giving notice to their former employers.

I’m sad I won’t get to keep laughing at these two during a lengthy press-war, but glad to see Zombie is such a mensch. Now if he’d only stop directing movies, I could really get behind this dude.

Speaking of Rob Zombie: back in February, he did a short tour with Alice Cooper, and I wrote:

“…the only thing that could make the line-up even more obvious is if they got The Misfits (or, at the very least, Wednesday 13) to open for them… Hopefully the fall will bring round two… just in time for Halloween, perhaps?”

And guess what? Zombie and Cooper ARE touring up for a Halloween tour — in fact, the trek is called “The Halloween Hootenanny Tour” — and Murderdolls, a.k.a. “The Band Fronted by Wednesday 13,” ARE opening. Am I psychic or what?

Here are dates:

Sep. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Oct. 01 – San Diego, CA – Harrah’s Rincon
Oct. 02 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
Oct. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Oct. 06 – Kansas City, MO – Independence Event Center
Oct. 07 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
Oct. 08 – Bloomington, IL – U.S. Cellular Coliseum
Oct. 12 – Binghamton, NY – Broome County Arena
Oct. 14 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
Oct. 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
Oct. 16 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Oct. 19 – Roanoke, VA – Roanoke Performing Arts Theater
Oct. 20 – Nashville, TN -Nashville Municipal Auditorium


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