|2 new main stage bands
||[18 May 2006|10:48pm]
So Ozzfest let the cat out of the bag early and revealed the main stage mystery band...which of course as every one had guessed is Avenged Sevenfold...
But wait, there's more!
Another band was announced for Ozzfest's mainstage as well and that band is...(!)
This just made Ozzfest 10 times better!
||[18 May 2006|08:36pm]
Is it just me, or does Ozzfest's lineup look pretty sucky? I'm sure a decent amount of people out there agree, but it's not like we didn't expect this either.
There's about 5 good bands on the bill, as far as I can tell. Between the Buried and Me, Strapping Young Lad, Black Label Society, Lacuna Coil, and Ozzy of course. That's all I'd be interested in.
What's up with the rest? If they keep adding trendocore punk bands to their (supposedly) metal tours every year, I'll just keep skipping. Who's with me? hehe
I will admit though, a couple of those bands I've never heard of before. The descriptions don't do much for them, however.
Worst of all, how in the world did Hatebreed get on mainstage? Hatebreed has got to me one of my most... hated "metal" bands. So boring, repetitive, talentless. I didn't know they had fans, really.
|AVENGED SEVENFOLD Confirmed For OZZFEST 'Off Date' In Texas And More...
||[17 May 2006|03:29pm]
According to the web site ( http://pavilion.woodlandscenter.org/events.asp ) of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will be joining SYSTEM OF A DOWN, HATEBREED and BAD ACID TRIP for an Ozzfest "off date" on July 12 at The Woodlands, Texas venue.
Although AVENGED SEVENFOLD have not yet been officially confirmed for this year's Ozzfest, they are widely expected to be announced on May 23 as the tour's main-stage "mystery band."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are currently finishing up a co-headlining U.S. tour with COHEED AND CAMBRIA. The trek is scheduled to wrap up this Saturday (May 20) in New York City.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are supporting their 2005 album, "City of Evil", and current single, "Beast and the Harlot". The group next heads overseas for some European festivals.
In Other News...
It's Official: Bassist BLASKO To Leave ROB ZOMBIE To Join OZZY OSBOURNE This Summer
bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson has now confirmed that he has left ROB ZOMBIE in order to join OZZY OSBOURNE's new recording/touring band. Speaking to Debby Rao of KNAC.COM, Blasko said, "It is kind of all talk; it is kind of all up in the air. But potentially I will be doing Ozzfest this summer. The whole rumor thing is kind of funny, in a sense that actually ya know I auditioned with Ozzy in the summer of 2003. I got the gig then. It is just that, what I was auditioning for got cancelled because he got in that accident. So of course that got cancelled. The following two (years) had been BLACK SABBATH headlining. Ozzy hasn't done anything solo till this past Thanksgiving. We went to London for the NFL kickoff, where we performed 'Crazy Train'. We did a couple of things over in London, a variety performance and we did Ozzy's induction to the U.K. Hall of Fame. I have performed with Ozzy on all the solo performances that he has done since I got the gig in 2003. Me playing for Ozzy is not really this new thing. It just so happens that this is the first time the two band gigs will cross paths (on tour). I have been juggling both and I had to make a decision. I just chose to go out on Ozzfest again. It will be my fourth time. That is always a really good time. There is nothing negative or any drama. It is just how things worked out."
||[30 Mar 2006|10:17am]
So I worked Ozzfest last year, but the vendor I worked for (Room 13/System Down Clothing) decided not to tour again this year. In fact, a shitload of the good vendors have dropped off for '06...
I'm out of a job! If anyone in this community is planning on vending and needs a merch girl or whatever, let's talk... I can also do some tech work for bands... basically, if you're working and you need another crew member for ANYTHING pleeeeeeeease send me a message!!! I look fragile, but I can actually do a fair amount of physical labor if need be. I'm not a junkie or a groupie, so you don't have to worry about me starting shit... I can provide references if need be.
Good god I don't want to stay in Cleveland for another summer! Someone wants to hire me... you know you do. Pass the word on if you know anyone who may need someone else =)
Thanks in advance!!
|NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
||[21 Mar 2006|06:05pm]
so here is the first new song. "I Hate" off of our upcoming new album 'the great tribulation'
'the great tribulation'
|ozzfest radio show
||[16 Mar 2006|09:17pm]
Tomorrow I will be doing a special edition of my radio show, High Voltage, from 4-5pm EST (Friday).
I will be playing most, if not all the artists that will be on this years Ozzfest including Between the Buried and Me, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord, Unearth, Bleeding Through, All That Remains, Lacuna Coil, Black Label Society, and much more!
You can listen live online at www.wxou.org or if you are north of the Detroit Michigan area (Auburn Hills area) you can listen on 88.3fm!
|starting so late?
||[11 Mar 2006|04:31am]
After the first time that devil skull thingy on Ozzfest's website will get quite annoying. Still one spot left open for the Main stage, hopefully the metal gods will be kind and all Iced Earth to play. That or Children of Bodom to play.
Why are the shows starting so late now? July 1st?? damn. well in any case it might go through september as a complete month. Maybe to compete with other summer concerts? the crappy ones maybe. Maybe against gigatour maybe but i can't think of anyothers.
I'll have to wait till fucking august before i can see ozzfest. but if Ozzy isn't a headliner then and there is and ass creep band in the remaining spot I'm going to stick to going to summer classes.
||[09 Mar 2006|04:16pm]
Yes it's only 4:15pm, but Kelly Osbourne released the line-up early... the dates will come out tonight.
THE MAIN STAGE:
OZZY OSBOURNE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED, HATEBREED and LACUNA COIL;
MAJOR MAIN STAGE BAND TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MAY 23RD
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ATREYU, UNEARTH, BLEEDING THROUGH, NORMA JEAN, A LIFE ONCE LOST, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, THE RED CHORD, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, WALLS OF JERICHO, ALL THAT REMAINS, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
I am kind of pissed because they said metal is returning, but most of these 2nd stage bands are this hardcore shit. Bleh. Oh well. Decent, but not extravagant.
||[08 Mar 2006|06:37pm]
They're finally announcing who's in the lineup for 2006 tomorrow on the website.
They post it at 9 pm EST.
||[05 Mar 2006|12:43pm]
Just curious...was there some type of Ozzfest in 1995 but without the actual Ozzfest name?? If so, what bands were on there? I believe Metallica was on there, but I'm not sure about anyone else. The Ozzfest site does not list anything about this and I was just curious about it...thanks
|ozzfest '06 bands
||[27 Jan 2006|11:58pm]
So currently Ozzfest '06 will consist of BLS and Disturbed...BLS will be good as always...not so sure about Disturbed though...I really hope COB join Ozzfest...
||[24 Jan 2006|10:34pm]
on ozzfest.com under bands they have "2006 band list coming soon." I wish they would announce it sooner than mid-march. I'm curious who's gonna be headlining it...I still think it's possible Ozzy will return...
Or what would be cool is Sabbath, with Dio...
Children of Bodom on ozzfest would be cool too...
Slipknot already turned down a main slot...though Stone Sour would be kinda cool...
||[13 Dec 2005|12:19pm]
I have a feeling the Ozzfest 2006 line up might shape up to look something like this.
Black Label Society
Children of Bodom
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Agony Scene
Strapping Young Lad
A Perfect Murder
Bullet for My Valentine
||[16 Oct 2005|09:00pm]
Will ozzfest some day come to Europe?Who knows?
|OZZFEST 10TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE DVD
||[15 Sep 2005|11:06pm]
Taken from the Ozzfest Website:
"A two-disc DVD commemorating the 10th installment of Ozzfest will hit store shelves on November 22nd. The set is called "Ozzfest Xth Anniversary," and will feature performance footage from some of the bands on this year's Ozzfest lineup, as well as interviews from Ozzfest performers of this past summer and further back. There will also be a companion CD of live tracks recorded at various stops along the route. Just which bands will be included in the "Ozzfest Xth" experience is still up in the air. Stay tuned to www.ozzfest.com for more info as it becomes available."
eeee, maybe someone will see themselves on the disc. along the lines of .... I don't remember drinking THAT much...???
|BRUCE DICKINSON: Everyone Knows SHARON OSBOURNE Was Behind OZZFEST Fiasco
||[26 Aug 2005|04:57pm]
The U.K.'s The Sun Online paper spoke to IRON MAIDEN
vocalist Bruce Dickinson about the group's ill-fated
final Ozzfest performance in San Berardino and their
future plans. Read on:
The Sun Online: Why is Reading so special?
Bruce Dickinson: "It's where I was asked to join the
band and it's also the first festival I ever went to
in my life and also played. And this year it will be a
big one, I promise and yes we'll be nervous."
The Sun Online: You're playing just the four albums on
this tour because of "The Early Years" DVD Part One?
Will there be a Part Two?
Bruce Dickinson: "Yes, Part Two will be based around
'Live After Death' and 'Powerslave' and 'Somewhere in
Time' and we have started working on it. The plan is
to do what will be our biggest, most spectacular tour
we have ever done. The 'Powerslave' era was the one
that had all the toys. It had the massive Eddie, the
huge mechanical hands and Ancient Egypt. And we want
to recreate the whole deal."
The Sun Online: You've ridden out every rock music
trend and almost every band throughout has cited you
as an influence. Why?
Bruce Dickinson: "Yes that's weird isn't it? It's
because we've never compromised. MAIDEN is about
loyalty and pride and doing what you believe in and
sticking with your beliefs. It's a bit like people who
follow football teams. They sign up for a football
team and support them all their lives even if they
lose. That's us, and our fans are part of our gang."
The Sun Online: Ozzfest, Reading and Leeds are all
about new fans. Why are they important?
Bruce Dickinson: "People who are as old as I am are
generally not that fun to play to. I know there'll be
people reading this saying 'It's not true,' but
47-year-olds don't rock like 15-year-olds. They go
absolutely mental and that's what keeps us going. We
are playing songs approaching 25 years old and yet we
have the youngest audience."
The Sun Online: So what happened when you went on
stage at Ozzfest?
Bruce Dickinson: "We were hit by a co-ordinated
barrage of bottle tops, lighters and eggs from a
certain section at the front! Then the power for the
PA and backline was completely pulled three or four
times during songs. The band held it all together
incredibly though and we just got really pumped up. It
ended up being an amazing show. MAIDEN can pretty much
deal with anything. We don’t get fazed too easily."
The Sun Online: Who do you think was behind it all?
Bruce Dickinson: "Everyone knows it's Sharon Osbourne.
It's certainly not Ozzy or SABBATH — they have too
much class to condone stunts like that. She hates me
for making remarks about reality TV. I hate reality
TV. People should get off their arses and do stuff and
not be so voyeuristic."
The Sun Online: Her stunts seemed to backfire as you
played a magnificent set and soon after, thousands
walked out in disgust?
Bruce Dickinson: "We left for the airport pretty well
straight after we came off but we could tell there
were a lot of disgusted fans who had paid good money
to see us. The audience was incredibly behind us all
the way and they really lifted us. If they hadn't been
happy, there may have been a riot as those fans were
really disgusted with the cowardly attacks."
The Sun Online: Did you enjoy the Rockwalk of Fame
presentation and what does it mean to you?
Bruce Dickinson: "Well it's very American but behind
it there are all these fans that are really into it
and have all turned up. It's great. We are very proud
of that day, though we ended up with filthy hands. It
was great that Eddie rightfully got a handprint too."
The Sun Online: You left the band in 1993. Is it
something you regret?
Bruce Dickinson: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When
I left I had no intention of coming back but in the
intervening period, I ended up becoming a much better
singer than I was before, certainly live. And coming
back into the band I had a hell of lot more energy
than in the two or years before I left and I stayed
with it. I also came back with a determination that
I'm never going to walk on stage again doing something
I don't want to do as it's soul-destroying and eats
The Sun Online: How does MAIDEN fit in with family
Bruce Dickinson: "Well, we get to run around like a
lunatic and play music and my kids can come and watch.
My 15- and 13-year-olds were in the front row at our
New York gig, in the mosh pit. I suddenly saw these
four security guards jump in and hold someone down. I
thought they had my kids but then I looked and saw
their little faces, sweating and screaming and I was
ready to dive in."
The Sun Online: And next for MAIDEN?
Bruce Dickinson: "We have the live album 'Death on the
Road' out on Monday with a DVD to follow and then we
record the new studio album next spring, which will be
out next autumn. First we have the special fundraising
Hammersmith Odeon show next week. It's for our old
drummer Clive Burr's Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund.
I'm really looking forward to it. It will top off an
amazing year which included a show in Sweden, where we
played to 56,000 and were broadcast live to 20million
The Sun Online: And next for you?
Bruce Dickinson: "I go back to my 6 Music radio show
and my job as an airline pilot. It's a proper,
straightforward, regular job. I had to book holidays
for the tour. I was straight off stage at Ozzfest to
hightail it to LAX airport."
|SHARON OSBOURNE Issues 'Open Letter' To IRON MAIDEN's Manager
||[26 Aug 2005|03:51am]
Sharon Osbourne has issued the following "open letter"
to IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood:
"I found your statement to be completely void of the
facts that led up to Saturday's show. Your press
release was written like an old-time '80s manager,
trying to use every opportunity to try and sell the
record and the upcoming shows instead of just dealing
with the truth.
"These are the facts:
"You claim to have been in the business for 30 years
and have been to hundreds of gigs, but can you tell me
how many times you have heard of an opening band
talking sh*t about the headliner during their set and
getting away with it? Not only is Ozzy the headliner,
but he is also the man who is paying your band
$185,000 a night. We gave IRON MAIDEN a chance to play
to the biggest audiences they have ever played to in
the U.S.A. We accommodated them with their stage set
and at the band's request we even scoured the audience
for people wearing IRON MAIDEN t-shirts and brought
them down front during their set to make them feel
more comfortable. Tell me, what other headliner would
do that? Unfortunately those gestures were completely
lost on Bruce Dickinson who for over 20 shows
continually berated Ozzy and Ozzfest during his set.
"Over the last 10 years of Ozzfest, we have worked
with over 200 bands. None of them were ever
disrespectful to Ozzy or any of the other bands on the
tour. But for 20 shows we were forced to hear
Dickinson's nightly outbursts from the stage: 'When we
come back to America, we'll be back with a proper
sound system,' or "We won't be playing the same old
songs every night (like SABBATH),' 'We don't need a
teleprompter (like Ozzy)' and 'We don't need a reality
show to be legit (again, like Ozzy).' Night after
night we heard his complaints from the stage about how
'corporate' the venues were and how 'outrageous' the
ticket prices were. Strangely enough, if you want to
get a general admission ticket to stand in a field to
see IRON MAIDEN at Reading this weekend it's going to
cost you over $120. I would say that's very pricey,
"When an artist comes on stage and says he's not
playing the 55 minutes that he was allotted and that
he is going to play for as long as he wants (cutting
into SABBATH's set), I'm not going to let that happen.
Dickinson was under the delusion that the 46,000
people in San Bernardino had come only to see IRON
MAIDEN. He even proclaimed 'This is not the Ozzfest,
This is Maidenfest.' I guess no one told him that we
have an audience of 45,000 to 53,000 people every year
in San Bernardino.
"Here's another fact for you. Bruce Dickinson's own
band was embarrassed by him. IRON MAIDEN leader, Steve
Harris, even came to Ozzy's dressing room to apologize
to Ozzy for Bruce's behavior before MAIDEN took the
stage in San Bernardino.
"It's shameful that Dickinson felt he had the right to
air his issues publicly onstage every night as a way
to boost his own ego. Dickinson never once came up to
Ozzy and me to voice any concerns. He certainly had
the opportunity to do so every night. If he wasn't
able to show us that courtesy then why should I give
him the respect to air my grievances with him in
private? Ozzy's only interaction with Dickinson was on
the first night of the tour. Ozzy, being the true
gentleman that he is, passed Bruce in the hall and
said 'Good luck and have a great show.' Unfortunately
Dickinson felt the need to turn his back to Ozzy and
walked away. Frankly, Dickinson got what he deserved.
We had to listen to his bullsh*t for five straight
weeks. He only had to suffer a couple of eggs on the
"On closing, yes, I did cut IRON MAIDEN's sound. This
is the way I look at it: Ozzfest is our tour. We built
it into something that's lasted 10 years now. We've
been responsible for breaking many new bands and
resurrecting the careers of former superstars. Part of
our success stems from the fact that when a band is on
Ozzfest we treat them with nothing but kindness and
respect just as if we had invited them into our home.
You can ask all of the bands who have been on the
tour. They all describe it as the 'ultimate summer
camp.' It's like one big family. Unfortunately
Dickinson doesn't have the manners to realize that
when you are invited into someone's home, are seated
at their dinner table, are eating their food and
drinking their wine, you shouldn't talk
disrespectfully about them (Ozzy, BLACK SABBATH and
Ozzfest), otherwise you just might get your ass handed
to you. Every action has a reaction. Was Dickinson so
naïve to think that I was going to let him get away
with talking sh*t about my family night after night? I
don't think he realizes who he's dealing with. I will
not endure behavior like this from anyone.
"I know you would love to keep talking about this
because this is the most press that IRON MAIDEN has
had in the U.S. in twenty years, but let's move on,
"The 'Real' Iron Maiden
|IRON MAIDEN Manager Comments On OSBOURNE Camp's 'Disgusting' And 'Unprofessional' Behavior
||[26 Aug 2005|03:44am]
IRON MAIDEN's manager, Rod Smallwood of Sanctuary
Artist Management, has issued the following statement
regarding the band's final Ozzfest performance this
past weekend in Devore, CA:
"MAIDEN are currently returning from America and
preparing for U.K. festivals this weekend and don't
wish to waste time giving Sharon Osbourne's statement
the dignity of a reply. Considering the disgraceful
nature of the events that occurred they feel it's a
pretty dismal effort at self justification and they
don't think metal fans are at all gullible and that
they will easily see through it. They want no more to
do with this sorry incident and are very much looking
forward to headlining Reading and Leeds festivals this
"I would however like to add my own comment on this.
"In 30 years in this business and after attending
hundreds of gigs, l have never seen anything anywhere
near as disgusting and unprofessional as what went on
that night. I was standing on our sound desk out front
as usual but ran to the stage as soon as the hail of
missiles began and from then on watched from the front
of the stage right next to Bruce's walkway. The scale,
viciousness and concentration of the throwing made it
obvious that this was a premeditated and co-ordinated
attack. Assaulting musicians while performing by
throwing bottle tops, lighters and eggs at them from
just a few yards away is vile, dangerous, criminal and
cowardly. It is incredible that Ozzfest security
apparently did nothing about it — aren't they there to
protect the bands too? Especially when the band is
concentrating on a performance in front of 45,000
people and the missiles are coming out of the glare of
the spotlights. And to spit at a band on stage is
"IRON MAIDEN, like all the bands on Ozzfest, had to
sign quite onerous legal documents part of which was
promising not to throw anything into the audience,
even wristbands!!! Ironic isn't it.
"It is well documented on the web who was responsible
for planning and participating in this attack and for
musicians to join in this assault on other musicians
is a shocking disgrace akin to treachery. You should
all be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves.
"We know who authorised the making of the 'Ozzy -
Ozzy' chant tape the day before and how it was played
secretly through the PA at the very beginning and end
of our set.
"We also know who continually turned off the power
interrupting our set at crucial moments. It is a good
thing that the power was turned back on before there
was a riot as you could sense on stage a lot of the
huge audience were getting totally pissed off at this
continual onslaught on the band.
"The great majority of the Ozzfest crew throughout the
tour were terrific and we thank them. Those who
participated or stood idly by and watched as this all
went down should also be ashamed of themselves and l
would certainly hope they never come near a tour with
which we are involved.
"There is little point in my commenting on the chap
with the flag or their trying to hold up Eddie or
Sharon's speech as the audience made their feelings
very clear on each occasion.
"And in the end what was all this about?? If l had any
sort of problem or misunderstanding with a band
working on a tour we were involved in l would go and
talk to them or their manager - not wait until the end
of a tour and assault and ambush them. Or was that
"I find it staggering that this ambush would take
place in front of any audience, let alone in San
Bernardino, the biggest audience of the tour. Didn't
that audience merit any consideration? They pay an
awful lot to be there in terms of prices for tickets,
parking, food, beer etc. Surely if they spend this
sort of money they deserve to watch the bands they
paid to see be able to put in a full unhindered
performance. Free of danger and intimidation. If I had
paid I would ask for my money back!
"And this audience really were outstanding, giving the
band incredible support and many voting with their
feet in disgust after the set and the speech, which to
many was the final insult.
"I have to say l was immensely proud of MAIDEN who
stood up to it all and showed great courage and just
got better and better through the adversity. Their
heads never dropped, instead they went on the
offensive. It was a truly memorable moment when Bruce
went to the very front of the stage during 'Trooper' —
something which he never normally does as he is
usually on the ramps — waving the flag whilst avoiding
the hail of missiles and yelling 'This is a fucking
British flag, and these colours don't fucking run!'
The imperturbable attitude and ability of the band
shone through and in the end made this a truly
remarkable rock and roll event, even if for all the
"We will have no more to say on this matter except
that l do think the band deserve an apology from a
number of people, and you know who you are."
||[25 Aug 2005|07:41pm]
|| Used and Abused
Hey I thought I would tell everyone about my trip!
Ozzfest was so awesome...I have such bad sunburn...I'll take some pics and show everyone, its awful.
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