Chicago Open Air Loads Up On Metal

Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and Korn are the headliners for this year’s Chicago Open Air. Others planning to crank up the volume include Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth and more.

Scott Legato /
– Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.


The wild deluge of monster riffs, thundering drums and earthshaking vocals happens July 14-16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. 

But despite what common sense tells you, fans do not live on rock alone. That’s why Chicago Open Air will serve up craft beer and a Gourmet Man Food Festival in addition to the decibel onslaught. 

Other attractions include the Chicago Open Air Fiesta hosted by SiriusXM Liquid Metal personality Jose Mangin, with details to be announced later. And don’t forget the pre-party going down at Concord Music Hall July 13. 

Back to the main course. Here are the daily breakdowns:

Scott Legato /
Voodoo Experience.  New Orleans City Park


Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell Or Highwater, Failure Anthem 

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map 

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores, Ded 

“This year’s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass!” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine said. “If I wasn’t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!” 

George Tazzini /
– Korn
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

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