Friday, April 30, 2010

OZZFest 2010 | Ozzy Osbourne Festival 2010 Coming Up

OZZFest 2010 | Ozzy Osbourne Festival 2010 Coming Up on Hot Topics --- OZZFest 2010 | Ozzy Osbourne Festival 2010 Coming Up. The official announcement regarding this year's edition of Ozzy Osbourne's long-running traveling metal festival, Ozzfest, will be made this Friday night, April 30. The tour will mark the first time the two bands have toured together since 1984, during the Crües breakthrough appearance as Ozzy's opening act on a major U.S. tour.

Ozzfest, which took a year off in 2009 and was a one-day event headlined by Ozzy and Metallica in in 2008, will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino, California (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996) and then make stops in Chicago; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh; and Boston. Live Nation will promote the tour nationally.

The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, the Crue and Rob Halford, the latter performing songs from his solo career along with material from Judas Priest and Fight. DevilDriver and Nonpoint will fill out the main stage line-up. Second stage headliners and six-time Ozzfest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.

In addition to the general slowdown in both the economy and the concert business, Ozzfest began facing competition in 2008 from the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour and Crüe Fest. Tour co-organizer Sharon Osbourne experimented in 2007 by making the show admission-free, with fans obtaining tickets through corporate sponsors. But the bands were not paid either, leading to a lack of big names.

Each date on the tour will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 p.m., according to the statement. There will also be a "Village of the Damned," featuring interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

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