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Otep To Headline Ozzfest 2005?

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I stumbled upon this article via Google that mentions Otep headlining this year's Ozzfest (likely referring to headlining the second stage) as well as an interview with frontwoman Otep Shamaya. Here's a bit from the interview:

AE: Is this your first band ever?
O: This is my first band. I tooled around with musicians, but I was never formally trained. Equipment, timing, different time signatures, I didn’t know any of that stuff. I sat with musicians, learned a little bit by osmosis. It’s a completely different mental process from writing.
When I started the band I found a manager and I brought my books over, my journals and all my illustrations in this big pile. “This is what I want, I want to turn this into music”. And he looked at me and said “OK, let’s try it, let’s find some musicians.”

What we do is a little different, it’s not just your typical metal show. It’s not hair metal or glam or anything of that nature. It’s sort of a dissident cabaret, its theater and in the highest respect to someone like Antonin Artaud. It’s delivering the experience of the topic of the song versus just singing about it, we actually live every moment of the song onstage. Without fire or any sort of theatrics or anything. It’s all through the act of performance.

AE: How did Capitol [Records] find you guys?
O: We were doing local shows around LA and the buzz started and all of a sudden we start noticing suits in the corners watching us and on their phones and their little Blackberries. A friend of ours was our manager at the time and he started coming over and saying “Hey they want to showcase you.” It was a bunch of major labels which was really bizarre, because I never thought we’d get that.

(Be warned that the interview is on a lesbian/bisexual site focused on women in entertainment and the media. And yes, I really did find it via Google...not part of my everyday reading ;-)

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1. VniXteR writes:

probably the second stage again like last year.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 12:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. DerailTheTrain writes:

Otep isnt as established as other headliners, more people know LOG by about 50 times....I cant even picture this band headlining the second stage unless their current record sees more sales or the crowds at Otep shows get a little more numerous.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 5:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. a writes:

LoG is WAY WAY better. I get tired of listening to otep songs after a while.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 7:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Myke writes:

I love OTEP but yeah it's not like I could listen to their whole album everyday. But nonetheless I think they are good.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 11:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Spanky writes:

It will be a bad day if OTEP headlines the second stage

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. LOK HIMMM writes:

maybe she should kiss paris hilton's pus*y on stage, that would probably draw a bigger crowd than her music would. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jon writes:

If this is true, I hope not, and probably isn't, it will suck.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Matt writes:

these guys suc live, no way they are headlining anything

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MadK writes:

They couldn't headline a bathroom at a train station. This band fukkin sucks!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. dave writes:

otep doesnt have the live capabilities to headline an ozzfest show Lamb of God Definetaly or Shadows Fall

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. MadK writes:

Or Dimmu Borgir who should headline last years ozzfest instead of slipknot who wouldve been better off playing the main stage for space purposes! Hopefully Maiden
will headline the 2nd stage this year!!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. dan writes:

i personally enjoyed slipknot more than dimmu, and i thought slayer set sucked major ass! they didnt even play angel of death and their sound was the worst out of eveyone!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. mike writes:

yaa maiden would be cool, but chances of them doing the whole ozzfest tour is pretty slim, there too busy playing in f***ing europe all the time, well be lucky if they play one or two shows in north america

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Madk writes:

Man I dont know about you but I thought Priest owned Sabbath at last years ozzfest!
Yeah Slayer is a lot better when they play a indoor venue! I always like thier opening acts like Arch Enemy for example!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. mike writes:

yaa arch enemy is phenominal live, i saw and met then on the mtv head bangers tour, maybe even cradle would be cool, and like dave said shadows fall and lamb of god this year

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Rue writes:

MadK- Right on. I was blown away by Priest and Sabbath. And Slayer too.

Im a big fan of Otep, but I dont think the rest of the people coming to Ozzfest would want to see them headline. It's about time they started their own headlining tour, which is hitting a city near me sometime soon. I like the idea of Lamb of God and Shadows Fall co-headlining Ozzfest or whatnot. Id wouldnt mind seeing both Mudvayne and Fear Factory headline Ozzfest. If Maiden does play Ozzfest, wouldn't they play main stage? I think it would be f***ing awesome to get up close in the crowd with Iron Maiden on the second stage, rather than the main stage.. Just as long as I get to see them. I would also like to see (european) bands like Gutworm or Mnemic on the second stage.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 4:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. LOK HIMMM writes:

OH....MY.......GOD!!! i didn't think anyone else had good enough taste to enjoy fear factory. HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 4:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. me writes:

all this talk about priest, well guess what , im going to see them with the scorps in belfast soon, yipee!

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. eggnog writes:

Personally, i think it would be pretty cool if Otep headlined the 2nd stage at Ozzfest. Sure, the crowd wouldn't be very numerous, but myself along with many other diehard Otep fans would definetly enjoy it. Otep is geared a lot more towards the underground metal scene, and not so much in the mainstream. So i think that in a big production tour such as Ozzfest, it is unlikely that they would headline the 2nd stage. But like i said, I would enjoy it very much.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. destroythemap writes:

Otep is the shat........hells yeah cant wait to see them and AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. eggnog writes:

I caught the Alliance of Defiance tour in San Francisco. Now that was a kick a$$ show. That was my 4th time seeing Otep. Candiria was pretty cool. Autumn Offering was really great. American Head Charge was f***in awesome. I've waited a long time to see AHC live. I was very happy to see them. To anybody who's thinkin' of going to the tour, definitly go for it. To anyone who's already going, fasten your seatbelts. This is a great tour.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 11:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. deathbringer writes:

I'm curious to see if the Euro Ozzfest will differ from the US Ozzfest like it did in years past. I just don't see how is it viable for many of the smaller second stage bands to travel overseas and tour both sides of the Atlantic, much less to Australia if the tour goes there... All I care about in the end is that the second stage gets some new blood and the main stage gets some big names and is represented by the old school for at least one band other than Ozzy/Sabbath.

# Jan 31, 2005 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Jon writes:

Iron Maiden has their own tour this summer.
Cradle of Filth, I highly doubt it. They didn't like the way that they, hmmm....kinda like, "If you make money while on the Ozzfest bill, it has to go to Ozzfest. You can't advertise anywhere else but Ozzfest while on Ozzfest." Those kind of rules.
Dimmu Borgir said that they were taking a break for two years, but apparently they are playing festivals in Europe.
And those are a few that you should not expect on Ozzfest.
I don't like Otep.

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. slip6(sic)6 writes:

Madk ru f***in kiding me? Priesty f***in sucked at ozzfest. I was there i mean they didn't suck but they were in no way shape or form Better than The Mighty Black Sabbath. And as for this whole Otep thing I saw otep at Ozzfest 02 and 04 and i gotta say the keep getting better evertime i see them.

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 11:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Andrew writes:

f*** otep, i wanna see Dimmu, i heard they were great at ozzfest, the bad thing about ozzfest is the shortage of black metal, its mostly this american hardcore bullsh** like bleeding through, but Dimmu machine head and priest would be worth a ticket alone f*** slipknot and otep....

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Brian writes:

Otep should be one of the headliners of the second stage, but I think the true headliner should be Machine Head or Killswitch Engage. Not that my opinion matters to the people who put together the tour, but I would like to see a diversified lineup this year. One year was pop-type rock ex:papa roach, linkin park, crzy town. Then all metal-core ex:sworn enemy, They should mix it up.
Good Line-up: Slayer, Machine Head, Sevendust, Otep, Pro-Pain, Dry Kill Logic, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, Brand New Sin, Soil, Testament, Mnemic, Demon Hunter, and of cours: Black Sabbath!!!

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 12:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Madk writes:

Dont get me wrong I love Sabbath. But on that particular evening Priest owned
Ozzfest hands down with the Mighty Dimmu Borgir! I hate to say it Slipknot kind of lacked
that day and I think they wouldve of been better playing the main stage and Dimmu
should've headline the 2nd stage allowing more playing time for them.

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Rue writes:

Yes! Somebody else that likes Mnemic!! Im goin to see them in Philadelphia with Soilwork in April. Cant wait. I went to the camden Ozzfest, but goddammit Ozzy had laryngitis! So Halford performed instead of Ozzy. It was amazing, but I came to see Ozzy sing. The Priest set was better than Sabbath's..but seeing the other Black Sabbath members onstage was pretty amazing too/..and Rob Halford coming out on the motorcycle was pretty sweet. There really weren't any bands, in my opinion that were slacking at the Camden show. And seeing Dimmu live is insanity, even though I couldn't see all that leather and satanic wear and whatnot (i got lawn tickets).

# Feb 1, 2005 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. memometal the undertaker writes:

sacrilegio...creo que ella puede hacer semejante erotismo con cualquier persona ,me suena emocionante,pero mejor para mi y contra toda autoridad declaramos al mundoentero mis oscuro saludo para ustedes

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. LOK HIMMM writes:

hey, where did my translator go, she was here a minute ago??? HIMMM!!!!

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. brokenwings13 writes:

I understood a tiny bit of that.

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Madk writes:

whats up bw 13 it's been a minute. just want to say hi and nice site btw. gotta scoot
have to go to work now unfortunately later!

# Feb 2, 2005 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Nymphetamine writes:

I will disown Maiden if they play Ozzfest. sh** Maiden is too good for that sh**ty festival. Ozzfest has become sh**. Thank Sharon for it, the money grubbing b****. That new reality show they had, "Battle for Ozzfest" was a f***ing joke. I mean please, kicking people off because they signed some chicks' boobs? Calling a cop in to interogate these people??? You are talking about someone that once dressed up in his wife's evening gown and a wig and p***ed on the Alamo. f***ing what the hell is wrong with Ozzy? Priest, Dimmu, Lacuna Coil, and maybe Slayer were the only decent bands there last time. I can definately understand Cradle not wanting to ever play it again.

# Feb 5, 2005 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Nymphetamine writes:

Oh yeah and Otep is sh**. f*** her and her fake a$$ doctored vocals.

# Feb 5, 2005 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Nymphetamine writes:

The European Metal Fests blow Ozzfest away. The US really needs to get their sh** together.

# Feb 5, 2005 @ 3:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Char writes:

Im sorry..Otep Better NOT Headline..Much better,more established,professional bands could kcik their asses on Main stage... If Otep is on Main..Im gonan be p***ed...knowing a better band could be in their place.

# Feb 13, 2005 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Char writes:

Nymphetamine is right...North AMerica needs some better tours over here...We got NO Good tours except for Ozzfest and Jaegermeister..Besides that...We got nothing. We need bands like Dimmu Borgir,Darkthrone, Devildriver,Satyricon,......More bl;ack metal bands to tour over in AMerica[Devildriver OBVIOULSY Isnt BM] But we need more tours by them,[Oh..Children of Bodom Needs to tour here too !!]

WE NEED BETTER BANDS HERE IN AMERICA/CANADA!!!

# Feb 13, 2005 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. anomumous writes:

that would be the most gayest, faggiest, queirest thing ever. what kinda sick f*** wants an ape lady headlining ozzfest. anything but that fat lipped f***.

# Feb 13, 2005 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. anomumous writes:

Otep Kicks a$$ Its about time they get to headline

# Feb 14, 2005 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. pariah writes:

f*** YOU NYMPHETIMINE! Otep does NOT suck, nor is she fake. You have the audacity to call Otep fake while your screen -name is the title of a f***ing Cradle of sh** albulm!? WHAT THE f***!? THEY are "fake", not Otep. Cradle of sh** write their little "we're-so-scary" vampire poems and make hip-hop remixes to sell to a bunch of skateboarding mall-"goth"s who shop at Hot Profit that and think Marylin Manson IS actually a Satanist--What the f*** does Otep do to give you the impression that SHE'S a f***ing fake?
Ya know what? I think you're just a big, stupid, misogonistic closet queer who doesn't like Otep's lyrics because they're WAY above your intellectual level. Sadly, though, stupidity will always envy intelligence. Do us a favor by "sacrificing" yourself at some stupid "ritual" with your Idiotic redneck buddies.

# Feb 14, 2005 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Madk writes:

Ugh. But isn't that chick from Pooptep a queen latifah wanabee. She likes to rap too.
Your kind of like the pot calling the kettle black.

# Feb 14, 2005 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Otis writes:

yeah, otep is pretty good, but they are not nearly popular enough headline the second stage. KsE or Machine Head are great bands that could headline, but i would really love to see 3 inches of blood play this years ozzfest. they are one of the best metal acts out there now and really deserve to play a tour of this caliber. they are amazing.

# Feb 15, 2005 @ 11:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. SAW writes:

otep is awful

# Feb 15, 2005 @ 11:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Big_Dan writes:

Okay, skipin' Trendfest this year.

# Feb 15, 2005 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. metdallisha07 writes:

hell yeah pariah i strongly agree with you otep does kick a$$ and nymphetamine the u.s. can kick your where ever the hell you are. And ozzy can kick your a$$ with BLS on his side plus all the bands you like he knows them too. Otep difenitly deserves the headline, you p***yes don't get it. if you want better bands f***en call them up your self i'm just happy we get tours as long as there is music inthe U.S.
LAters

# Feb 15, 2005 @ 11:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. mwitherow writes:

okay-im a fan of manyt"heavy" "hard" whatever genres, but how can you ever go to ozzfest??Ozzfest is almost as corperate as the Warped Tour,MTV has totally fuxked up everything else,so why not ozzy?which is exactly what its doen now. f***in"battle for ozzfest" and "the osbournes".completely demystified ozzy,showcased Kelly's huge poserism and in the process making a legion of poser fan whores./and jacks annoying sh**.i think the hwo rehab visits between kelly and jack are all scripted and coreogrpahed. Ozzfest pisses on metal no matter whos on it.

# Feb 16, 2005 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. ShadOw Soldier writes:

OteP is A messAge people, grab your balls or tits and get ready for the revolution, rebel repent, Destruction of anything that stands in our way, JiHAD........ "Deny the big lie
My tribe
Join me
An alliance of defiance, in the warhead
An alliance of defiance
All are welcome here
Give me your tired, give me your sick, give me your indulgence and decadence [x3]
He lied, they died, keep the peasants terrified
This is a catastrophe
You must lead if they get me
On my command
Break free SHADOW SOLDIERS ARE COMING!!!

# Feb 16, 2005 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. estback writes:

otep is sounds good for me.. it seem the vocals lis a f***ing girl but she has good voice that makes my blood hot.............................................................umbabarauma...

# Feb 17, 2005 @ 1:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. estback writes:

otep is sounds good for me.. it seem the vocals lis a f***ing girl but she has good voice that makes my blood hot.............................................................umbabarauma...

# Feb 17, 2005 @ 1:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. feminist writes:

i wouldlove if otep headlined second stage ozzfest. i know some people like the f***s in here before probably wouldnt like it but Otep really is one of the best bands out there today. and whoever thinks cradle should go this year is a f***ing idiot because otep is actually a band with talent and is not about money like all the other pathetic bands like manson and cradle...
And it totally is bulls*** some people are so sexist just because she is a girl doesnt mean she cant kick ***

# Feb 17, 2005 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. Jon writes:

Whatever happened to that Blackest of the Black Tour? I know it was cancelled in the Fall, and was supposed to be rescheduled this year, but I'm sick of waiting. Danzing, Mayhem, DevilDriver, and Superjoint Ritual (I don't like Superjoint, but I think they'd be off the bill due to Phil's "eternal absence" from now on)

# Feb 17, 2005 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. poop writes:

i hope megadeth plays in 05' and i hear the rest of pantera will unite with Zakk wylde

# Feb 22, 2005 @ 1:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. lonelymaggot666 writes:

otep is a kick a$$ band, but they shouldnt headline the second stage. the band that should headline the second stage is slipknot again. the line up should go like this
atreyu
darkest hour
throwdown
sworn enemy
fear factory
chimaira
shadows fall
lamb of god
six feet under
cannibal corpse
cradle of filth
sli[pknot

# Feb 23, 2005 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. Madk writes:

Guys...I love licking men's asses so much. I love licking them clean. I need a nig black p***s up my hole now. Ugggggghhhhhh....yeaaaaaaaaaahhhh

# Feb 23, 2005 @ 12:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. madk writes:

keep it up nerdball. Otep still sucks and so does thier pathetic fans.

# Feb 23, 2005 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. SHADOW SOLDIER writes:

Everyone stop your f***ing b****ing OTEP headlining Second stage would be awesome that band has tons of energy and madk your a faget SHADOW SOLDIER TYLER.

# Feb 23, 2005 @ 3:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. KMADD writes:

No Nu-Metal basketcases like you are fa**ots. Fukk Off!

# Feb 24, 2005 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. madk writes:

Guys...I'm still a hardcore homosexual. If you all want to get together one lonely night and just tear up my bunghole...that would be heavenly. I love you guys. I love big black balls more though.

# Feb 24, 2005 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. blake writes:

hey otpe sucks, get sum nile on ozzfest

# Feb 24, 2005 @ 10:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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60. SHADOW SOLDIER writes:

Otep is awesome and madk and KMADD are both fagets who dont no good music and are emo and live with their parents still and are in their 30s

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