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Ozzfest 2006 Indianapolis: Draiman Rages Against the Rock Scene

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On Sunday, July 23, the annual metal-gods tour known as Ozzfest, minus Ozzy, of course, rolled through Indianapolis, and the event passed without much out of the ordinary. The day saw a couple of fights, a lot of marijuana, a whole lot of ignorant people who harassed event staff at every turn, and a lot of people waiting to see the last three bands of the night without any knowledge of who played the second and early main stages—a typical Ozzfest.

One of the more surprising moments of the 2006 Ozzfest tour came when Disturbed frontman David Draiman stopped a crowd-pleasing set to engage in a rant about the state of rock music. Rock, he proclaimed, has been pronounced dead many times, but not because of the bands that graced the stages of Ozzfest. Draiman then followed with a blast against bands whose names start with “The,” and then railed against the “emo” and “screamo” genres, as a whole. Apparently, all of these bands are a bunch of “pussies” compared to the likes of Disturbed, at least in Draiman’s eyes. Interestingly enough, Disturbed played directly after Avenged Sevenfold, and Atreyu had played late on the second stage.

Draiman, playing to an overwhelmingly supportive crowd, was met with the second most energetic crowd response of the day—the first being the reaction to a killer rendition of “Stupify.” No word yet on whether or not Disturbed will be asked to headline the Warped Tour next year…

One other notable moment came when Avenged Sevenfold paused to invite Bleeding Through vocalist Brandan Schieppati on stage for a live version of Pantera’s “Walk.” M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold’s frontman, handled the first verse, with Schieppati then taking over the vocals. Though some metalheads might label this cover of Pantera as downright blasphemy, the crowd chanted along in unmistakable support of the rendition.

The main stage, otherwise, ran according to plan, with System of a Down playing last, and playing for quite a long time (hour and a half, maybe). Dragonforce, Lacuna Coil, and Hatebreed all played sets beforehand, with Dragonforce only getting maybe a half-hour as the stage-opener (and guitarist Herman Li was wondering the crowd after System of a Down, with basically no one knowing who he was). The second stage, which had zero overlap with the main stage, was fairly energetic and fan-friendly. Unearth seemed to stand out, giving a top-notch performance on the small stage.

Overall, the Indianapolis stop proved to be a fairly tame affair, and most seemed to be quite happy with the popular lineup, despite Ozzy’s no-show.

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1. deartragedy88 writes:

Yeah the show was pretty good and i got to get a picture with Herman Li. Some of dragonforce were hanging out with walls of jericho.

# Aug 4, 2006 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. FallenAngel writes:

damn sounds f***ing awesome... wish i could have seen that sh**. id give anything to see avenged sevenfold play live and hear their rendition of "walk"... they kick major f***ing ass.

# Aug 5, 2006 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

LOL It says that people were waiting for the last three bands! When I went I left before the last three bands! hahahaha!

# Aug 5, 2006 @ 1:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

And that's pretty gay that it says that there's no word whether or not Disturbed will play the Warped Tour. They're better than that and they're not punk or emo. If it's a joke I don't even think it's funny.

# Aug 5, 2006 @ 1:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. rulin kmadd writes:

I didn't think it would have been feasable to shell out 50 bucks for a lawn seat just to see
BTBAM, SYL and from what i heard The Red Chord so i didn't go. But on the positive i know
shocking coming from me it's cool that there is some indiana folks on this forum other than quasimodo's little brother aka korndogg. (sorry i couldn't resist)

# Aug 5, 2006 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Panteralizton writes:

I'm From Indiana and I heard Someone Got Their Nose Broken During Hatebreed's Set but I didn't get a chance to see Ozzfest and I doubt I would have stood through Disturbed just to see System of a Down.

# Aug 6, 2006 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. cfhdimebag writes:

ozzfest 2005 had a more solid line up i thought. probably one if not the best ozzfest ever.

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8. KORNDOGG writes:

OZZFEST 2004 WAS MY FAVORITE!

# Aug 6, 2006 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Raw writes:

Of course my comment on Disturbed playing Warped was a joke--they just dissed all emo and screamo.

Anyhow, I did make Warped, also, and I had at least as good of a time there. Because AFI was playing on a main stage at the same time, Protest the Hero played in front of tiny crowd, which was kinda cool for us that were Protest the Hero fans. Also, Helmet kicked some a$$ later in the evening.

And yes, to cfhdimebag, I loved 2005 Ozzfest, with Arch Enemy, As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Soilwork, The Haunted, Bury Your Dead, and more all the the second stage. Are you kidding me with that lineup? I don't see any U.S. festival ever matching that lineup again (though Gigantour looks pretty damn solid), considering that was just one stage.

And Panteralizton, I did see a guy get taken out by security and another taken out in a wheelchair during Hatebreed. That's all a bunch of stupid sh** if you ask me--just gives these types of concerts a bad rep (Warped was a much cooler vibe).

# Aug 6, 2006 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Rulin Kmadd writes:

so how was SYL? I BTBAM crushed i wished they would cut the number of 2nd stage bands and let them play longer like
at least 35 mins. It was hard last year to see all those great Swedish bands for only 20 mins each plus a main stage band
like In Flames for only about 25 minutes and sh** no offense when are they going to have an ozzfest without BLS? I mean i dig em
too but fukk get a different band every once in a while. Well see next year this years fest was a stinky turd imo.

# Aug 7, 2006 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. mr kmadd writes:

i heard that btbam crushed... fixed.

# Aug 7, 2006 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. deartragedy88 writes:

well i thought that BTBAM was the best second stage band, im pretty excited for them coming back with the radio rebellion tour

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. rulin kmadd writes:

Sheeit what tour and with who?!

# Aug 11, 2006 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. deartragedy88 writes:

its norma jean, between the nuried and me, fear before the march of flames, misery signals, and the confession, plus one other band

# Aug 11, 2006 @ 9:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. rulin kmadd writes:

Eggh. I hope BTBAM is headlining no offense but you can keep the rest of them.

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deartragedy88 writes:

well they are one of the two headlining bands norma jean is the main band on the tour, but they put on a pretty good show, they weren't their best at ozzfest

# Aug 13, 2006 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. luvlyteag writes:

Hands down Disturbed is the best. I can't imagine knowing Disturbed is in Indiana and not breaking my neck to get there! just to see Disturbed I took a day off work and cancelled a much needed get away because I wouldn't miss them for anything in the world! The performance they give and the fact they put their all into it and they don't seem like their fans are an inconvenience to them and that is so rare in this day in age and in that industry. I absolutely LOVE Disturbed and so does my 8 year old daughter so I called her when they went on and let her hear David speaking she was p***ed at me for not taking her. Disturbed can't stop and I hope they NEVER do because I think they are very necessary!!!! If you realy believe otherwise about them WAKE UP and FEEL the REAL MUSIC!!!!!

# Aug 14, 2006 @ 1:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. jantes40 writes:

I hate disturbed, they are the worst band to ever call themselves metal. What happened to ozzfest have a good main stage. 04 & 05 saw awesome metal bands like slayer, judas priest, iron maiden, superjoint ritual, inflames, shadows fall. Even dimmu borgir in 04 was better that disturbed. They suck and so do lacuna coil, dragonforce, and avenged sevenfold (sellouts...they used to be pretty damn heavy) .......anyway bring on Gigantour!!!!

# Aug 14, 2006 @ 2:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. KORNDOGG writes:

The best ozzfest of all was when the line up was ozzy, korn, manson, disturbed, and chevelle!!!!!!

# Aug 15, 2006 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. rulin kmadd writes:

was that 2003? About the only good that came out of that
was COF (before they turned into a gay goth nu metal band)
on the 2nd stage and someone else played that year pehaps
God Forbid and Shadows Fall?

# Aug 15, 2006 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. deathbringer writes:

2003 was the year I was actuaqlly surprised by what good performances Chevelle and Disturbed put on. Manson is a good performer and Korn has always put on good, energetic shows (before their recent material at least). It was still a pretty weak main stage that year, but better than this year. Unfortunately Disturbed were no where near that good this year.

# Aug 15, 2006 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Terminator writes:

I saw disturbed, ten years and ill nino late last year. disappointed by disturbed, ten years sucked balls, but ill nino tore it up pretty good.

# Aug 16, 2006 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. jantes40 writes:

i just realized,disturbed kicks ass,after i stopped being a fag,i thought about it,and they are my favorite band now

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Shmotz101 writes:

I was there and I thought it was a kickass show, I think SYL was the coolest, or black label society, Hatebreed was really good even though they didn't get a big crowd response though.

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 12:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. mdharper writes:

you all need to listen to some real metal. your all listening to weak mainstream radio friendly crap. try some hypocrisy, mayhem , burzum, marduke.

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