Ozzy Prepares To Step Back
For the past 10 years, Ozzfest’s namesake has closed each show with either his own band or with Black Sabbath.
Ozzfest will carry on in 2006, however Ozzy will limit his performances to only a few, select cities.
“After 10 years the Ozzfest name and reputation has been established. It’s time for me to move on and do other things, Osbourne said.
The announcement came August 12, just a day after Ozzy told his audience at White River Amphitheatre outside Seattle that he his voice was “blown out.”
Originally launched in 1996 as a limited experiment, Ozzfest has taken on a life of its own and has become a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has had a significant impact on the careers of artists like System of a Down, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Slipknot, Disturbed, Queens of the Stone Age, Drowning Pool, Godsmack and Chevelle.
This summer’s Ozzfest presents a line-up including mainstage acts Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall and Black Label Society with Velvet Revolver and Slipknot on select dates.
The second stage hosts headliner Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, The Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, Soilwork, Trivium, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies and more.