Rob Zombie says that he has buried the hatchet with Ozzy Osbourne after recently airing his feelings about two of his more recent band members — bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Tommy Clufetos — being hired away by Ozzy Osbourne for Ozzy‘s touring band. Nicholson was hired by Ozzy in 2006 while Clufetos left just months ago, leaving Zombie in desperate need of a drummer.
In a posting on his MySpace page, Zombie writes, “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.”
In a recent interview with the Artisan News Service (see video below), Zombie stated about his musicians being hired away by Ozzy, “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.”
Zombie added, “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 . . . 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.”