Zakk Wylde on Tim Lambesis Murder for Hire Case: ‘A Massive, Massive Mess’
Zakk Wylde is never one to mince words, so he didn’t when he was asked about the curious case of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, who stands accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife Meggan.
In a chat with Under the Gun, Wylde waxed on about his former Ozzfest tourmate and was perplexed about the situation, saying, “That’s just a massive, massive mess over there. It’s just like any of our friends, if any of our buddies were gonna do something like that, we’d be like, ‘What are you talking about man?!’ I get it if he’s pissed off saying, ‘I swear to God I want to rip her f—ing head off,’ but that’s okay, you can dump your feelings out, go to the bar and get tanked and spill your guts, but you’re not f—ing killing anyone dude. Let’s just chock it up as a loss. See what happened to OJ, so why would you want to go there? She’s gonna get the f—ing house, she’s gonna take half the money … The band is doing great, you’re gonna be fine and you just keep moving forward. Think about it, one f—ing dumb decision like that, and his life is over, dude. And the band was doing really well; he had everything to be thankful for. Everything was kicking a–. Yeah this was a hiccup, it’s a road bump, I get it. I understand him being pissed, but you’re not killing anyone. You can’t go there.”
Wylde further drew a line in the sand between saying and doing. He declared, “Just like a manager says, ‘You can’t be knocking people out in bars.’ That’s why you have security guards. It’s dumb, dumb, stupid s—. What a waste. Even if he wasn’t in a band, if he just worked at a construction job, I understand him talking about it. It’s fine and dandy — you can say that all day long but you’re not getting a f—ing gun and blowing her brains out. I understand him getting it out of his system, but like I said, once we get back out of that bar, we move forward. That’s the only way to do it, you’ve got to move forward.”
So it sounds like Wylde says he can sympathize with being bitter about a marriage gone bad, but that it stops at venting and groaning about it. Once angry thoughts or words take a step closer to action, then it’s not cool.