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Sharon Osbourne Says Last Year's Ozzfest "Nearly Destroyed Us"

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Brad Kava of The Mercury News spoke to Ozzfest promoter Sharon Osbourne by phone on Tuesday (February 6) about the organizers' announcement that admission to the 25-city heavy metal tour will be free this summer. Sponsors will pick up the tab for the tickets, bands will not be paid to perform and expenses will be covered from sales of food, drinks and merchandise. It will be the first national tour ever to do so.

"We needed to change something and we didn't want to change the format," Osbourne said.

"We were putting offers to all these bands we wanted to tour with and they were coming back to us with exorbitant prices that would have meant we had to put the ticket prices up, which I won't do. With Ozzy's audience being younger, they can't afford any higher prices."

Gary Bongiovanni, analyst with Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine, said: "I don't think this will become a new business model, but it is a great marketing tool for them."

"They want $300,000 plus to do an hour's work onstage," Sharon Osbourne said of some young bands. "I'm just not doing it. Last year nearly destroyed us, paying, paying, paying, and we just can't do it again."

Tickets would be paid for and distributed by sponsors, such as J?germeister, which will present acts at the second stage, located in amphitheater parking lots.

Osbourne, 54, said she plans to upgrade the festival's midway atmosphere, losing the tattoo parlors and cheesy carnival games and replacing them with interactive booths sponsored by technology and video game companies.

"There has to be another way to do it,'' she said. "If you get the sponsors that believe in you and you get new great cutting-edge bands that just want an audience, we'll give them the audience and we'll let everyone in free."

Last year, though, she said, the fees earned by bands, including about $325,000 a show for the group SYSTEM OF A DOWN, almost sank the festival.

"They're taking four years off, we paid them so much, and we're still working," she said. "I'm not doing that again."

Source: Blackmetal.com

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1. METALLICMOLINA writes:

hay its called ozzfest for a reason.... i come to see ozzy play every year and i might as well go shoot myself in the head by hearing soad got 325,000 a night. some people dont evin make that much money in there life so hearing this gets me a lil mad that there taking advantage of ozzy by asking for so much money and if anything SYSTEM OF A FU**ING DOWN SHOULD BE PAYING OZZY 500,000 A NIGHT JUST FOR THE HONOR OF SHARING THE SAME STAGE AS HIM....... now to any1 that has a problem with ozzfest being free, quit your b****ing cuz its mother fu**ing free and a gift from God and ozzy to all the people!!!!!

# Feb 10, 2007 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. bassmaster! writes:

man system of a down doesent even desirve that cind of money what bull $hit. they are not that calaber of a band, and that just shows u who soad are BIG CORPRITE SELLOUTS!

# Feb 10, 2007 @ 11:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

Bassmaster.....please go look up the definition for the word sellout before you ignorantly mislable someone..

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 12:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. godlike writes:

actually, with bassmaster's ability to spell, I dont think he could look up the word "go"

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ArchEnemy84 writes:

LOL ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 12:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. the antihippy writes:

are we really suppose to take sharon's word for it?

from ultimate guitar:

I want to warn you this will be long...

I'm sorry,but I find it extremely difficult to believe that System asked for 300,000$ a show. The economics involved in that amount simply do not make sense.This is a women who is notorious for twisting the truth. The same women who thought it would be a good idea to chuck eggs at iron maiden on the last show of their tour for "talking sh**". She needed a way to make up for the bad publicity,and this was an easy way to do it.

Even if it WAS true system was paid 300k a show,that's ****ed up anyway. No matter what,Sharon put herself in this position. As people have stated,she agreed to the amount,and could have said no easily. Plus,her excuse that "they're going to be off for 4 years" is complete bullsh**. That would imply to me the band makes no money off record and merchendise sales,which means they must have some unrecourped expenses with their label going back to their recent albums. So chances are,most of that money was going towards the record label anyway. Most of the bands on this tour are not "money hungry". I'm not saying that system is one of those bands,but I am syaing that save for maybe the top 3 or 4 bands on the tour,these bands don't have a lot of money.

It is well known(and someone already stated this) that most of the second stage bands are forced to pay 100k just to join the tour. Plus,they take a good percentage of everything the band sells on the tour. Funny how a 30$ t shirt on ozzfest becomes a 15 dollar shirt once the band is on its own tour. My point is,Sharon is screwing these smaller bands out of their two biggest sources of income. Merch sales and live booking profits. If the smaller bands were getting paid for being on tour,this would actually be a much different situation where I would have some sympathy for Sharon. But that's obviously not the case.

Even this FreeFest is suspicious to me. I mean,you're going to have to earn the tickets by going to sponsers websites and "participating in games or activities?" hmmm..corporate rock anyone? Do you think these companies are just going to give these tickets away without...purchases? Do you think most kids will be able to just register a credit card or paypal account? My point is, this isn't about "the kids". It's about making as much money as possible.

So it's just hilarious that this women is claiming this ozzfest "nearly destroyed us". Destroyed what? How much money do you have again? How much money do most of the bands on your tour have besides your top acts? f*** You Sharon. IF most people had 1/10th the amount of money you have they would never have to work a day in their lives.You don't care about "the average fan". Just admit it already.

think about it.......

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 12:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. bassmaster! writes:

suck my c0ck b****$

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 2:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

Antihippy, those are some really good points. Everytime something like this happens I feel so disapointed 'cause Ozzy's one of my true heroes and he's done nothing wrong but it seems like Sharon's just gone mental since the success of The Osbournes and she's really dragged Ozzy's name through the mud.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 7:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. 3543wrt writes:

Too bad it didn't destroy them. Ozzfest is terrible.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Azazel_Begotten writes:

antihippy made a great point. I didn't even think about that...Really all that went thru my mind with the last article was "SH!T! FREE OZZFEST!". Thanks for bringing me back down to earth again

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. deathbringer writes:

Well I think I'd take Sharon's word for it before that stuff you posted from Ultimate guitar. It's a lot more speculation and is full of holes too. SOAD definitely did not put on the performance to deserve anything like that sort of money though, much less deserve it on name recognition.

I hope things turn out for the best with this free Ozzfest, although I's a realist and curious to see how all this pans out in the end (what are the catches, what is the end result of the quality of the fest, etc). I never minded paying for lawn seats though. <$50 (after fees) for a whole-day concert isn't bad. I just wish they'd loosen up on letting you bring in some water since I spend just as much to stay hydrated all day.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Poofmonkey writes:

Hey bassmaster!, get over yourself.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. GTO writes:

Antihippy,I totally feel ya.It's really hard to walk the fine line of loving OZZY and feeling like he's screwing me.I'd be happy if they changed Ozzfest to Metalfest or whatever and Ozzy could just have a solo tour while all the kids attend the fest with the newer bands.I got screwed last year after I bought my expensive tickets while Ozzy was scheduled to appear as headliner.About a week after that his name was removed from the list of acts(west palm).So yeah, I guarentee it won't be FREE.That's a crock.Just like someone said,you'll have to sign up for some BS offer and take some BS surveys and by the time it's all said and done we're all gonna wish the damn tickets were just on sale at ticketmaster.It really contradicts the way Ozzy has treated his fans over the years.He is one of the most gracious performers I've ever seen in concert.He makes you feel like family,like you'de take a bullet for him.He's there to please you, not like some bands who think you're there for their entertainment because they're bored with touring(METALLICA).Hurts to say that.And as far as System of a Down.I wish every band had half the professionalism and intensity that they do.You just won't understand until you see them live.The saga will continue.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. heavy hepp writes:

i am not sure if this is true, but I think I heard that at ozzfest 05 they were only paying maiden 115,000 to play every night. Now I have been to every ozzfest since 03 and let me tell you maiden f***ing blows system out the water. system sucks. and if they were gettin paid over 200,000 more than maiden then that is a f***ing shame. yeh system may be more popular now because of a sh** channel like mtv made them and together they r bringing up a confused generation of metal kids who think to be metal you have to go to hot topic, buy all black clothes, hate your parents, and listen to metal that does not have solos or any true talent at all. system will never possess the talent, respect, and greatness maiden has.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Shmotz101 writes:

yup what he ^^^ said. Hopefully this year the gay bands like system and AX7 will stay away from ozzfest this year, cuz they aint gettin paid, and the good bands will be here like Dimmu Borgir, or Testament or somthing.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Shmotz101 writes:

or DECIDE

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 8:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Azazel_Begotten writes:

GTO and heavy hepp have it.

I guess now, we just must ask them "Okay, free fest. Whats the catch?"

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Shmotz101 writes:

i bet there is a catch, especially is Metallica will ever decided to be on the lineup then there is definatly a catch cuz Sheron Osbourne and Metallica are the two biggest money hungry sharks in the money indusry

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19. Shmotz101 writes:

i mean music industry

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Damn writes:

Ozzfest sucked last year and hearing SOAD got paid all that money is FN crazy.

# Feb 11, 2007 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. kOOpa killer writes:

System deserved way more they kicked the a$$ of every other band there

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 8:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Scorpion69 writes:

I think it's major B.S. that S.O.A.D got paid that much but I love the way post 1 wraps everything up... I personally think that (in my OPINION) Ozzy is the God-faher of Rock

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 12:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Scorpion69 writes:

So the fest is free then why do we need tickits

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24. Scorpion69 writes:

is it me or does the way I spelled tickits look wrong^^^^

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. GTO writes:

I just hope to god they didn't pay much for Dragonforce because they sucked so bad.They looked like they came straight from the commercial for music institute.Cheesy,Cheesy,SuperCheesy.

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26. Scorpion69 writes:

Band sucks so bad it makes me queasy

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 12:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. BrianSD writes:

I don't think SOAD deserve that much money, but who wouldn't take it? Bands like them and I heard Iron Maiden got crazy money the year before, are probly the reason some 2nd stage bands had to pay to get on the tour.
I think there will be some more less mainstream band this year who are looking for the exposure and will make for a better Ozzfest this time around.

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28. Azazel_Begotten writes:

I agree with Brian SD on that. There are gonna be alot of bands that will play just for mere recognition....

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29. stricken4ever98 writes:

say hello to $10 water bottles, $60 t-shirts ......

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. BrianSD writes:

Do you really buy t-shirts at ozzfest? they're overpriced anyway, and then you have to carry them around all day. i normally drink beer, but if i buy a water, i just refill it in the bathroom sink all day.

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31. Diamond Oz writes:

You guys have sinks at your festivals?! Wow!

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Logan666 writes:

i hope there's good bands and not alot of suck @$$ bands

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33. stricken4ver98 writes:

do you honestly think there's gonna be a lot of good bands this year. if its "free" like they say, good bands arent gonna play. there's just gonna be a lot of small crap-a$$ bands who are playing just for the money. the big bands demand big paychecks and the only way they will get what they want is if there is a normal admission price. they wont play if they're getting payed from just food and merchandise. it just doesnt work that way.

# Feb 13, 2007 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Azazel_Begotten writes:

stricken, have alittle faith man, maybe there'll be some good bands that haven't been noticed yet....Also, that bit about the good artists not playing for small time pay, thats not true. Maybe the bands that will play for free may just be the awesome artists...

But come on, if you went last year and saw Avenged Sevefold play, you probably would've rather gone for free right? Think about it. Look at the bands you paid for last year, if the show's free now, how much worse can it be?

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35. sharlysco writes:

if you dont have the enought money to pay them, dont hire them, thats simple,

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36. Azazel_Begotten writes:

true that sharly, plus, I'd probably have told System of a Down to get fvcked and that they make too much for a Nu Metal band that don't even play solos

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37. stricken980 writes:

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thats true comment 34.
i guess we will just have to wait and see the lineup.
btw, maybe we will see some new good bands

# Feb 14, 2007 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Weren't we supposed to find out the line up in two weeks? that means we should be able to find out next week! But they're probably not going to announce it till like April or some sh**. I just want to know if it'll even be worth going. I only need one band that's good to go. Besides Ozzy and BLS

# Feb 14, 2007 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Mudknot writes:

Im glad its free. We need more upcoming metal bands that arent seen yet. If theres emo in the show you know theres going to be a riot. Every year i see Chicago get more and more p***ed. We ripped up the ground for Mudvayne. I was watching sod fly, not just mud and grass balls. I look at it like this.
Were losing a lot of high demand bands- ok no biggie.
but there are bands that still keep it solid. And if you doubt anything look at it like this. Its a free BLS and Ozzy show. I also think HATEBREED will make lineup. They are more about the fans than anything. Every show i see them all they want is the fans to come take shots and have some beers with them. Without paying high prices were going to lose bands like Dragongay and IGotRaped7X.
Sharon is a greedy b**** but hell, what do you expect the Prince of Darkness to be married to an angel? hell no, that b**** is the left hand of satan.
SOAD on the other hand...err man if they are demanding high prices and sh**, i think they are turning foot on thier self titled and Toxicity album right?

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40. relentless austin writes:

uh, first, antihippy, that's not how money works on tours. bands don't make money from record sales until the label is paid back in full, unless they finance there own recording and use a label for distribution. bands make money from merchandise, and a percentage of the door on tour, minus travel expenses...in this case $325,000 a show, plus whatever percentage of merch each day. now, figure in how many bands are asking money in that ballpark, plus the cost of just managing the tour of that size. granted, she could have refused, but it makes perfect sense. sharon being kind of a mental case has nothing to do with this. the last few years, the ticket prices have gone up and up and up, and the bands get worse every year. at least they realize it, and they want to do something to pay the fans back. why take that and turn it into a negative thing just because the woman is a bit crazy? she's gotta make money too. tell me, how would you promote a summer tour with no budget, and why would anybody do it if they weren't making money?
by the way, f*** soad! as preachy and political as those f***s are, turns out they're just a bunch of hypocrites who just want your money too!

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41. dill writes:

ozzy sucks im glad he got screwed.

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42. Panther writes:

I'd pay a high price to see Iron Maiden at Ozzfest.

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43. stricken980 writes:

panther, i would too.
just hopefully sharon will back off this time, unlike 2005's incident.
Maiden f 'n rocks, so i would definitely see them again.

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44. Mudknot writes:

hey dill, i understand you think ozzy sucks, but you still have to give respect to the man, he is part of the reason we have metal today. Without Ozzy Sabbath aint the same, Dio just dont cover it. And without Ozzy there is no Ozzfest. Not saying that there arent any other tours to go to. But hell SoTU is nothing in size to Ozzfest.

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45. Kiyak writes:

Look i can understand that people are upset by System of a Down taking this much money per show and it is pretty bang out. However there are a few things to take into consideration. 1. How much of that money do you think they will see? Its generally under 40% due to other expsences i.e sound engineers, management etc etc and then split the 40% between 4 band members. 2. Chances are it wasn't the band themselve's that demanded this amount of money, no doubt managers and bosses etc were in charge of System of a Down's fee. 3. If Sharon really thought it was that bad she shouldn't have paid that kind of money for them, she knows that's not too much for System of a Down. If she wouldn't have paid that much if she was worried it would lose her money, i think she exaggerates a bit, and let's face it, thats not much money for the Osbournes, they're rolling in it.

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46. Kiyak writes:

Sorry, commented before reading what antihippy wrote lol, my bad.

But i read something that i thought was quite narrow minded and a daft thing to say:

"I'd probably have told System of a Down to get f*cked and that they make too much for a Nu Metal band that don't even play solos"

System of a Down are NOT a "Nu Metal" band and have never considered themselves to be, if you know your stuff you will remember Daron Malakian (SOAD's Guitarist) saying this:

"They used to call us nü-metal, now they call us prog rock. I think they'll call us anything that's popular."

If you go
here --->; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_of_a_down
and click "Genre Dispute"
you will find out System of a Down can't really be categorised into "Nu-Metal" at all.

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47. the antihippy writes:

^^ wikipedia is not that reliable.....

have you guys ever thought about the personel soad have to pay? they're managers, techs, etc.......

that would cost a fair few wouldnt it?

# Mar 3, 2007 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Linkin Park Killa writes:

Plain and simple, if sharon don't want to pay soad, say NO! Soad is already getting theirs. f*** the mainstream! Give some underground bands exposure. Im sure they'll take less than 1/25th of that just for the exposure.

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49. Kiyak writes:

Yeah i understand it's not rally that reliable but they are quotes from Daron Malakian, he has said it in many magazines etc. But it playing Ozzfest wouldn't be cheap which is why im not surprise at SOAD for taking that much. That is if SOAD did it themselfs, i still believe that it was their managers etc calling this price.
Like it's been said before, Sharon did not have to pay them that much, that was her choice, im quite sure other big bands would have played for cheaper if it was really that much.
Sharon makes out that the concert being free will be a good thing, but just wait till you all see the prices once past the gate, she will try scam everyone right left and centre. Trust me, there's gonna be a massive catch to all of this.

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50. StabbingTheDrama writes:

I'm not going to trust you on that because you have no idea what's going on behind the scenes. If you read another interview that Sharon had then you would know that she said that the prices will not go up any higher and they're high enough already. Nobody knows except for the people setting it up so don't even try to make claims since this is the first time this has ever happened in history.

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51. wtf writes:

why is #48 a linkin park killa? they rock!!!

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52. Ostracised writes:

System of a Down are NOT a "Nu Metal" band and have never considered themselves to be, if you know your stuff you will remember Daron Malakian (SOAD's Guitarist) saying this:

"They used to call us nü-metal, now they call us prog rock. I think they'll call us anything that's popular."

1. SOAD will NEVER be a prog band-they don't have the talent.
1a. Prog has never been the popular thing to listen to, nor will it ever. It's not "radio and MTV friendly"
2. They aren't worth the money Sharon paid.
3. Say what you will, the speed may be fast for the sake of fast, but Dragonforce is 100 times better thean SOAD.
4. LP will allways suck.
5. Unless Sharon puts a lot more good bands on Sharonfest, I won't be back. I haven't been back since Slayer/Priest/Dimmu/Sabbath was on there. IMO there were too many f@ggy screamo bands on the second stage to make it worth sitting through, but I did, just to see the main stage(with the exception of SJR, which blew).

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# Mar 9, 2007 @ 8:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Your_Mom writes:

I'd rather pay to go see SOTU then get into Snoozfest for free.
I can only hope the Wu-Tang/RATM "Tangfest" is real and not just a rumor.

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# Mar 9, 2007 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. Kiyak writes:

"Say what you will, the speed may be fast for the sake of fast, but Dragonforce is 100 times better thean SOAD."

You kiddin?! Dragonforce sound great on record but they are a completely sh** band to watch live. System put on a crackin show, always have done and always will do.

As for StabbingTheDrama's, its your choice, if you think that then so be it. I think there will be price increases but if you think not so be it. We'll see what happens when it all happens ;-)

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55. Ostracised writes:

As far as festivals are concerned, I think I'll just go to ProgPower, and to hell with Sharonfest. About the Dragonforce/SOAD debate: I haven't seen either live, but being I'm not what you'd call a System fan, I'd go see Dragonforce anyday over SOAD.

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56. Azazel_Begotten writes:

stricken, thanks for considering my input...

Wow, this thread has a really mature debate going on...Glad to see none of the "this band is gh3y" "your mom is a whore"...

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57. Your_Mom writes:

was that a shot? Just kidding

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58. the antihippy writes:

otracised, soad, if you will read the sentence carefully, doesnt even consider themselves prog. they're definitely not prog, just alternative hard rock/metal.

i'm just hear to point out the many stupid flaming on soad for having accepted the money which sharon have offered to them.

and if you'll note: "Last year, though, she said, the fees earned by bands, including about $325,000 a show for the group SYSTEM OF A DOWN, almost sank the festival." notice "fees earned by BANDS"

and on the dragonforce debate, no comment.

# Mar 9, 2007 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. Azazel_Begotten writes:

antihippy, I don't see SOAD being worth $325,000 though

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