Rob Zombie notes that “sometimes you just meet people and hang out for no reason.” And that was the case when he first got face-to-face with fellow hard rocker Ozzy Osbourne, at the latter’s home — next door to crooner Pat Boone — in the mid-’90s.
“My manager had been friends with Sharon Osbourne for a long time,” recalls Zombie (ne Cummings), 42. “It was great. I’d always loved Ozzy, loved Black Sabbath, and it was me and Ozzy in his house and he played me the entire album he’d made with (producer) Mark Hudson, that was very Beatles-sounding. It’s never been released, but it’s fantastic.”
It was the beginning of a long association that’s included three Zombie stints on OZZFest and the Merry Mayhem holiday tour in 2001. So having a chance to play with Osbourne again this year, Zombie says, was an easy fit.
“It just seemed like it was that time of year again,” explains Zombie, who’s promoting his first-ever live album. “I love touring with Ozzy. He’s always super nice to me. He’s a really nice guy. I like all the guys in his band, and it’s always a very pleasant experience. It’s usually a pleasant experience touring with everybody, but this is just a great time.”
Besides the live album, Zombie’s 2007 was marked by the success of his remake of the horror film “Halloween.” It’s presented him with a number of options for the new year — including what he says will be a non-horror movie — but Zombie is playing down reports that he may abandon music to concentrate on films.
“I’m disenchanted with the music industry, not with the music,” he says. “The industry has destroyed itself through, just, greed and stupidity — like all businesses. But I love being in a band, I love touring and I love doing all that. We’re going to start writing new songs for a new record.
“I love doing music, and that’s why I’m still here. But I love doing movies, too, so as much as I can try to balance the two, I always will.”
Rob Zombie performs with Ozzy Osbourne at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 18) at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $89.75, $69.75 and $39.75. Call (313) 471-6606 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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