Coal Chamber Talks About Management Change

These are the days when summers, and often careers, are made.

These are the days when the year's biggest tours are lined up, and Coal Chamber would like nothing more than to be on one of them. However, instead of icing a deal that will up its exposure, the band is currently searching for new management, a search that is putting tour talk, at least momentarily, on hold.

"We have had offers, but the money stuff and the legalities haven't been worked out," bassist Rayna Foss Rose told MTV News this week.

"We've got to do that through management," frontman Dez Fafara added.

As we reported last week, Coal Chamber recently entered the world of management free agency after splitting with Sharon Osbourne (whose chief client is her husband, heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne). Osbourne struck up a relationship with the band after seeing them on the 1996 edition of the annual Ozzfest tour and took Coal Chamber under her wing soon thereafter.

In the years

that followed, Osbourne became a den mother of sorts to the band, making the news of the split all the more surprising, and apparently making the split more civil than your average music industry move.

"I would have to say, looking back, I hold very, very precious memories. That's what I hold," Fafara said of his band's time with Osbourne. "To look back, we look back with great joy and remembrance. How can you hang out with Ozzy and Sharon and their whole family and not have a great and wonderful time?" [RealAudio]

Osbourne (who has recently faced a far less pleasant split with one-time client Smashing Pumpkins) also reserves kind words for Coal Chamber, telling MTV News via a spokesperson, "We had many years of fun together. I wish them much success and love" (see "Coal Chamber, Osbourne Management Part Ways").

"We had a wonderful

relationship with those people in the past, and insane times together, and great memories," Fafara recalled. "It's just time to move on. There's no drama, which is a great thing."

So, as they move forward, the bandmembers say that they've talked to "everybody" in their search for a new manager and hope to have made their decision by next week.

"We're not too quick to jump into bed right now," Fafara said. "When we finally do, I want it to feel comfortable.... It's like finding a mate."

"When you find it, you'll know," Rose added. "We want someone that's going to be really, really into what we're doing and is really hands-on, I think, which all managers should be."

"We've had a lot of people come to the table, and we'll see what pans out," Fafara said. "You never know what's going to happen."

The band's immediate future is clear, however. Coal Chamber will continue its co-headlining tour with Type O Negative, with Full Devil Jacket and The Deadlights opening

up. Here's where to catch them:

  • 3/16 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 3/17 - Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center
  • 3/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 3/19 - Washington, DC @ Nation
  • 3/21 - Norfolk, VA @ Boathouse
  • 3/22 - Raleigh, NC @ Ritz
  • 3/24 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
  • 3/25 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
  • 3/26 - Sunrise, FL @ Sunrise Musical Theatre
  • 3/27 - Tampa, FL @ Masquerade
  • 3/29 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
  • 3/31 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theatre
  • 4/1 - Live Oak, TX @ Live Oak Civic Center
  • 4/2 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
  • 4/4 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
  • 4/6 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • 4/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir Pavilion
  • 4/9 - Boise, ID @ Skateworld
  • 4/12 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
  • 4/14 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 4/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
  • 4/19 - West Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium