Rob Zombie Recalls His Bizarre First Meeting With Ozzy Osbourne

There are few heavy metal stars who would get invited over by the great Ozzy Osbourne, but Rob Zombie is definitely one of them. The king of monster rock has spent his life molding his musical career into one that feels right at home with biting the head off of a bat. And yet, as he describes in a new interview, Rob Zombie’s first meeting with Ozzy was, for the most part, super fucking awkward.

While speaking with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Rob described his first sit-down chat with Ozzy as being strange as hell overall. “Ozzy’s great. I’ve known Ozzy for a long time. We toured together for the first time maybe 20 years ago, but I met him before. The first time I met Ozzy was really weird. I went to his house — I don’t remember why — and that was where I met him, at his house. And I thought, ‘Oh, there’s gonna be a bunch of people. My manager will be there, [Ozzy’s wife] Sharon will be there.’

“And it ends up with just me and Ozzy by ourselves; I just met him. And he’s, like, ‘Oh, Rob. I wanna play you my new record.’ So he puts on his new record. I think he’s gonna play one song maybe. He plays the whole album, looking directly at me, singing most of it. And I’m simultaneously thinking, ‘This is awesome,’ and, ‘This is so uncomfortable, I don’t know what to do.'”

At least he didn’t do the whole tucking-between-his-legs thing. Check out the full interview below:

Rob Zombie’s new album, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, drops March 12th and is available for preorder. Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:

01. Expanding The Head Of Zed
02. The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)
03. The Ballad Of Sleazy Rider
04. Hovering Over The Dull Earth
05. Shadow Of The Cemetery Man
06. A Brief Static Hum And Then The Radio Blared
07. 18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks And A One-Way Ticket On The Ghost Train
08. The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man
09. The Much Talked Of Metamorphosis
10. The Satanic Rites Of Blacula
11. Shower Of Stones
12. Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass
13. Boom-Boom-Boom
14. What You Gonna Do With That Gun Mama
15. Get Loose
16. The Serenity Of Witches
17. Crow Killer Blues

Rob Zombie Lunar Injection

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Words by Chris Krovatin