Kelly Stokes Osbourne Vs. Corgan Feud, Audioslave Rocks Claus Fest

By | December 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Kelly Osbourne stoked hostilities between the Osbourne family and former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan at the New York City area radio show, Claus Fest, in Uniondale, New York on Thursday night (December 12).

Corgan and Sharon Osbourne had a tiff several years ago, after she quit as the Pumpkins manager. The feud came alive again at the Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles on December 7. At that show, Kelly’s boyfriend, Bert McCracken of the Used, allegedly tried to trip Corgan, who performed with his new band Zwan. Corgan allegedly struck back by kicking McCracken in the stomach, according to sources at the Los Angeles radio station.

Osbourne took verbal revenge in New York, telling the crowd from the stage that Corgan performed oral favors on the program director of the New York radio station to secure a spot on the bill.

Sharon Osbourne’s relationship with Corgan went sour when she dropped the Pumpkins as a client. The band filed suit against her in early 2000. At the time of the split, Sharon said in a statement: “It was with great pride and enthusiasm that I took on management of the Pumpkins back in October [1999], but unfortunately I must resign due to medical reasons…Billy Corgan was making me sick!!!”

As far as the music at the ‘Claus Fest, Audioslave made its triumphant return to New York after its recent live set for The Late Show With David Letterman. The festival also featured the New York debut of Corgan’s Zwan, Queens Of The Stone Age, Boxcar Racer, Coldplay, Stone Sour, Kelly Osbourne, the Vines, and others.

Audioslave, fronted by Chris Cornell sporting blue jeans and a black wifebeater-style shirt, ripped out six songs: “Light My Way,” “Set It Off,” “Gasoline,” “Stone,” “Cochise,” and “Shadow Of The Sun.”

Some in the crowd were disappointed with the radio-station-sponsored show due to the fact that Ozzy Osbourne was on the show’s bill, but only came out to introduce daughter Kelly, saying they were led to believe Ozzy was performing. There were a noticeable round of boos that greeted Ozzy’s daughter, who left after three songs.

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