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It's been rumored for months that this summer's Ozzfest would be its namesake's last — and on Friday, Ozzy Osbourne announced that he is retiring as the headliner of the annual heavy metal festival. However, the singer is expected to finish this summer's tour and plans to make occasional appearances at future Ozzfests.
"After 10 years, the Ozzfest's name and reputation have been established," he said in a statement. "It's time for me to move on and do other things." His publicist noted in a statement, "Ozzfest will carry on in 2006, however Ozzy will limit his performances to only a few, select cities."
Ozzy, who's been performing with Black Sabbath this summer as the tour's headliner, has been dogged by throat problems, which have forced the band to drop off of the bill on several recent dates, with Black Sabbath cancelling three Ozzfest appearances so far this year (July 27 in Holmdel, New Jersey, July 31 in Noblesville, Indiana and August 2 in Columbus, Ohio).
No official explanation has been given for Ozzy's throat problems, and it is unknown how severe they may be.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Ernest A. Jasmin of The News Tribune reviewed this year's Ozzfest when it hit the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington on Thursday (August 11). An excerpt from his review follows:
"For the second year in a row, the concert’s namesake, Ozzy Osbourne, was joined by BLACK SABBATH band mates Geezer Butler (bass), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Bill Ward (drums). And Ozzfest nearly lost its namesake again, two years after Osbourne called in sick to the tour's local stop in 2003.
"All seemed to be going well early on as SABBATH kicked off with 'N.I.B.', 'After Forever' and proto-metal classic 'War Pigs'. Then things went wrong when the band tackled 'Dirty Women'.
"Osbourne's voice cracked hideously during that number, and he responded by slamming his mike down and storming off stage.
"The rest of SABBATH remained cool and professional, continuing to jam until Ozzy could pull it together and return. The singer forced a grin that looked more like grimace as he lead the crowd in waving their hands side to side.
"He explained himself once the number had ended. 'My voice is … blown out again,' he said, promising to go on if the crowd wanted to hear him.
"But this was Ozzy, after all — metal's patron saint. And while hundreds could be seen headed for the parking lot, most in the crowd remained faithful and even turned their cheers up a notch.
"'Iron Man' and 'Black Sabbath' were set highlights, as fans sang exuberantly along with the former and Ozzy's maniacal expression was captured by the giant movie screen behind him during the latter."
Read the full article at Thenewstribune.com.
After a long 3-hour drive, mostly due to traffic, I arrived with my girl friend and good friend at PNC Arts Center. Tailgating with some people from Metal Faction Radio in the main parking lot we clearly heard the second stage acts performances.
Ozzfest organizers have been forced to cancel the Tuesday, August 16 show in Salt Lake City due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts. The show will not be rescheduled and refunds are available at point of purchase.
The OZZFEST 2005 date set for Sunday, August 14 in Marysville, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheater has been moved to Monday, August 15. It's stated that due to Doctors orders that OZZY OSBOURNE can't do shows back to back (day after day) due to his health. It is expected that IRON MAIDEN will handle all headlining duties if BLACK SABBATH doesn't perform, and as usual, tickets are available for a full refund at point of purchase, or at the venue.
Ozzfest's official web site, Ozzfest.com, has been updated with the following message:
"Ozzfest organizers have been forced to postpone only this Sunday's (August 7) show in Somerset, WI. Contrary to published reports that Osbourne is sick, the show is being rescheduled under doctors' advisement that he not perform consecutive shows. Osbourne performed a sold-out show [Thursday] night [August 4] in Detroit with BLACK SABBATH and will take the stage again on Saturday at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Ticketholders for Sunday's show should hold onto their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled September 10 date."
According to ContactMusic.com, a galaxy of stars — including Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell and Billy Connolly — are teaming up for a TV tribute to Ozzy Osbourne. The BLACK SABBATH singer will be joined by his famous family on the show, which will feature details of his near-fatal quad bike accident, and stories about his notorious alcohol and drug abuse.
And the program will feature such outrageous footage, TV executives have are making preparations to ensure it is shown late at night.
An insider says, "Ozzy's had one of the most outrageous lives and this is warts and all.
"It's definitely going to have to go out after 9:00 p.m."
The currently untitled program will air on Britain's ITV network later this year.
Launch Radio Networks reports: BLACK SABBATH returned to Ozzfest yesterday (Thursday, August 4) after missing several dates due to an ailing Ozzy Osbourne. The group did their full headlining set at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, with Osbourne warning the crowd early on, "If my voice breaks up from time to time, it's not my fault. I'm sick, as you know, but I told the doctor to go f**k himself. I'm doing the best I can, babes." BLACK SABBATH missed shows in Holmdel, New Jersey, on July 27; Noblesville, Indiana, on Sunday (July 31); and Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday (August 2).
Osbourne's voice was noticeably rough yesterday, though he was in otherwise energetic form, mooning the audience at the start of the show, tossing a bucket of water on the front rows later on, and jumping around throughout.
Specific details about Osbourne's ailment have not been revealed, but sources told Launch it's primarily a throat problem.
Ozzfest continues tomorrow (Saturday, August 6) in East Troy, Wisconsin. However, Sunday's (August 7) show in Somerset, Wisconsin, has already been rescheduled to September 10, to give Osbourne a day off to rest his voice.
I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day. More...
According to the official web site of the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, BLACK SABBATH will **NOT** be performing at today's Ozzfest stop at the venue "due to an illness in the band." However, the remainder of the show will go on as planned and IRON MAIDEN will headline and will play a "complete" set.
If you choose to not attend the show, tickets can be refunded at your original point of purchase beginning Monday (August 1). Show attendance waives your choice for a refund.
This is the second SABBATH cancellation in five days following the band's no-show in Holmdel, New Jersey Wednesday night (July 27). That appearance was reportedly cancelled after SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne — who recently revealed to fans that he was battling a cold — became "too sick" to take to the stage.
BLACK SABBATH performed a headlining set Saturday night (July 30) at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois.
The 10th annual edition of Ozzfest runs through September 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine, with his Gigantour up and running, says he doesn't want the festival to be compared with established tours such as Ozzfest and the Warped Tour.
Dave Mustaine told Launch Radio Networks he knows comparisons are inevitable, but he isn't encouraging them. "There are some other festivals that are out in similar nature," he said. "You know, Ozzfest has some bands from our genre and some of the subcultures and subgenres and stuff, but you know, my intention was never to be disrespectful to Ozzy or to Sharon (Osbourne) or to try to say 'Hey, Gigantour's better,' because, you know frankly, they're my friends. I would like to keep it that way."
In addition to Megadeth, Gigantour's line-up includes Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Life Of Agony, Nevermore, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X and Bobaflex.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Ozzy Osbourne should be ready for BLACK SABBATH's headlining set at Ozzfest tomorrow (July 30) at Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois. Osbourne was sick earlier this week and BLACK SABBATH cancelled their Ozzfest appearance in Holmdel, New Jersey, on Wednesday (July 27), which meant IRON MAIDEN got to do an extra-long set. A spokesperson told Launch that Osbourne is expected to play tomorrow at the Tweeter Center. The nature of Osbourne's illness hasn't been announced.
Osbourne told Launch that touring is a lot harder on him today than it used to be. "As we get older, we get more work," he said. "In the old days, you'd do, like, a three-week tour, and take six months off, you know? It was a luxury. Now, it's like a job."
The 10th annual edition of Ozzfest runs through September 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
IRON MAIDEN took over as the mainstage headliners at the Ozzfest bill for Wednesday night's (July 27) show in Holmdel, New Jersey after Ozzy Osbourne was apparently taken ill, forcing BLACK SABBATH to drop off the show. On Sunday, july 24's show, Ozzy commented that he was told to rest that night due to a chest cold. MAIDEN's extended setlist for last night's performance was a follows:
01. Ides of March
02. Murders in the Rue Morgue
03. Another Life
04. The Trooper
08. Run to the Hills
09. Phantom of the Opera
10. Number of the Beast
11. Hallowed be thy Name
12. Iron Maiden
13. Running Free
After butchering a few verses of Black Sabbath's "Dirty Women" in tonight's Ozzfest in Bristow, VA, Ozzy revealed to the audience that he had been told to cancel his performance and rest due to a chest cold. Be reassured that most of Ozzy's lyrics and notes were just fine all night, however. I'll have a full show report posted sometime this week.
According to a posting on MAYHEM's web site, the Norwegian black metallers will most likely release a CD consisting of a few covers and re-recordings before the new studio album is out. "The covers will be SODOM, BLACK SABBATH as well as two more bands," the posting adds. "The re-recordings will be from 'Wolfs Lair Abyss' . It will also contain a track from the forthcoming album. The CD may also contain some sort of live CD-ROM track."
Regarding the new material, guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson) said, "The new songs are tending towards a more aggressive and straight, in-your-face kinda expression. Expect 8-10 vicious and disharmonic songs of the purest of black metal. More info on when the band enters studio and which etc. later, but the album will most likely be recorded early 2006 for a late spring/early summer release. The album is still untitled."
MAYHEM's next live appearance wll take place on November 3 at the Elm St. Rock Caf? in Oslo, Norway. Following this show, MAYHEM will head over to Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
THROWDOWN's new video for "Burn" will premiere on this weekend's edition of Headbanger's Ball, airing every Saturday at 10 PM EST on MTV2. Hosting the show will be BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon is livid with Boston Herald editorial director Ken Chandler for ignoring her ban on photographs of her husband at the Ozzfest music event, according to a report in Wednesday's Boston Globe.
The former lead singer for Black Sabbath suffers from debilitating and potentially humiliating body tremors. After the Herald published his picture last year, Sharon Osbourne called Chandler to complain. The Globe reports that Chandler hung up on her.
This year, Ozzfest publicist Shazila Mohammed told the Globe that the Herald was denied photo access but published a picture of the "Crazy Train" singer in its Saturday issue anyway.
Chandler was unavailable for comment but Herald managing editor Kevin Convey told the Globe, “No one is going to tell us what pictures we're going to put in the paper.”
He added that Clear Channel has revoked the paper's Tweeter Center summer review tickets.
We have compiled the most up-to-date listing of set-lists from this years OZZFEST 2005 including BLACK SABBATH's, who are reportedly performing the following tunes as part of a 90-minute allotment. All set-lists are from the July 15 show at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA.
Full sets are as follows: More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: As Ozzfest 2005 kicks off today in Mansfield, Massachusetts, former main stage performer ROB ZOMBIE will headline the festival's second stage for the first time. Zombie told Launch that getting close to the fans on the smaller second stage has been on his mind for a while. "That's been something I've wanted to do for like — I remember I first mentioned that about three years ago to Ozzy, and he thought it was a crazy idea and he kept begging me not to do it," he said. "Even this year, they tried to get me back on the main stage, but I didn't want to do it. Ozzfest is a fun vibe, but you always feel like the second stage is having all the fun, 'cause main stage is a very uptight situation. Basically, you know, if I'm gonna do it, I want it to be fun."
Zombie's touring band this summer features former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and ex-ALICE COOPER drummer Tommy Clufetos.
The Ozzfest 2005 lineup also includes BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, MUDVAYNE and, on the last eight dates, VELVET REVOLVER.
Zombie isn't supporting a new album this summer, but he is promoting his second effort as a screenwriter and director. His highly anticipated horror movie, "The Devil's Rejects", arrives in theatres on July 22.
The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:
July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:
WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:40-3:20pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm
IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05-5:45pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm
July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:
BURY YOUR DEAD - 9:20am
WICKED WISDOM - 9:45am
GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - 12:15pm
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 1:05pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:50pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm
IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30pm