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returntothepit >> discuss >> Ozzfest Lineup announced by the_reverend on Mar 15,2005 4:09pm
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toggletoggle post by the_reverend   at Mar 15,2005 4:09pm
March 15, 2004
OZZFEST 2005 ANNOUNCED

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that?

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including 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.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

Also debuting on the tour will be Texas-based band A DOZEN FURIES who landed their coveted Hot Topic Second Stage slot after winning Ozzy and Sharon's MTV "Battle For Ozzfest" reality series competition. Debuting last fall and lasting right up until the February launch of the fourth and final season of the Emmy-award winning "The Osbournes", "Battle For Ozzfest" is the ultimate battle of the bands, with contestants having survived 2004's grueling Ozzfest challenges.

This year, a limited number of fans who purchase OZZY OSBOURNE's first-ever 51-song, four-CD retrospective box set "Prince Of Darkness" (out March 22 of Epic Records) will be able to obtain one free Ozzfest ticket. The initial pressing of the box set will feature a precedent-setting promotion allowing fans to buy one Ozzfest general admission ticket and get one free.

Ozzfest, originally launched in 1996 as a limited two-city trek, has become a virtual breeding ground for up-and-coming bands. The renowned second stage has been instrumental in catapulting the careers of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, INCUBUS, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, GODSMACK and CHEVELLE. "Playing Ozzfest — twice — will always be among the highlights of our career," notes drummer Samuel Loeffler of CHEVELLE, who most recently appeared in the festival’s 2003 line-up. "Personally speaking, I was honored and somewhat nervous about sharing the stage with Ozzy, but finally felt comfortable after both he and Sharon patted me on the ass."

The heavy metal juggernaut has earned a hallowed position in the busiest tour season with a relentless commitment to its core fans and the consistency of quality they demand as their birthright. Just as the festival is committed to presenting the best music, it also provides an interactive, multi-sensory experience for concert-goers with a wide-range of attractions. The traveling show’s notorious "Village Of The Damned" — alive with tattoo artists, piercing booths, state-of-the-art video games, a wide range of vendors and much more — promises to be wickedly tempting.

JUDAS PRIEST — one of the biggest attractions on last year's tour — declared: "We were thrilled to be part of such a unique moment in heavy metal history that will be remembered forever!" Jonathan Davis — lead singer for KORN, who pounded the main stage in 2003 — added, 'Ozzy and Ozzfest are some of the cornerstones of metal. I loved playing in front of the Ozzfest crowd, the fans at those shows were f$*#ing amazing."

In addition to drawing vital hard rock acts, Ozzfest has always attracted a variety of select sponsors devoted to the tour's core fan base. Hot Topic — returning to host the second stage — will be the festival’s official soft line teen retailer. Throughout the day, Tama drums and Ibanez guitars will proudly showcase their arsenal in the Village. F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) is on board for the fifth consecutive year as the official music retailer and will host the FYE autograph tent giving fans the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Ozzfest artists. Trojan brand condoms will also have presence in the Village as the official latex condom of Ozzfest. Jagermeister will once again bring the backyard BBQ party back to Ozzfest and prove their commitment to metal music with artist autograph signings and tons of free swag for attendees 21 and over.

Here are the Ozzfest tour dates:

Jul. 15 - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
Jul. 17 - Hartford, CT - Meadows
Jul. 19 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Waterfront
Jul. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes
Jul. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette
Jul. 24 - Washington, DC - Nissan
Jul. 26 - New York, NY - PNC
Jul. 30 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Jul. 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 02 - Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 06 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
Aug. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - Floatrite Park
Aug. 11 - Seattle, WA - White River
Aug. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train
Aug. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Pavilion
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket
Aug. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
Aug. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 - Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 - West Palm Beach - Sound Advice
Informational and Related Links
Bands:

Black Sabbath,

Iron Maiden,

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



toggletoggle post by paganmegan   at Mar 15,2005 4:10pm
That is awesome that maiden will be playing only material from the first four albums



toggletoggle post by tbone_r  at Mar 15,2005 4:13pm
thats not bad, not bad at all



toggletoggle post by the_reverend   at Mar 15,2005 4:14pm
you hear it here *dunkdudnkdunkdunkdnunkd* first



toggletoggle post by dan. at Mar 15,2005 4:15pm
no anthrax. fuck that.



toggletoggle post by anonymous at Mar 15,2005 4:16pm
not to bad, but still shit and still carries the ozzfest name



toggletoggle post by dreaminginexile   at Mar 15,2005 4:16pm
fuckin a... I might have to actually break down and spend an exhorbinant amount of money for tix... Good lineup, shitty crowd, but good lineup



toggletoggle post by Sinislazy at Mar 15,2005 4:19pm
pretty decent lineup, I must say



toggletoggle post by dan. at Mar 15,2005 4:20pm
actually, i think its pretty terrible. theres not one band playing that i couldnt see anytime. judas priest last year was a treat, theres no draw now. iron maiden will tour some more... i like soilwork and arch enemy.... yup. thats it.

i was hoping for classic anthrax reunion. that would be the only way i would ever go to this gayness. but it was just another holocaust like lie.

although if i get free tix or some shit id sure as fuck like to see iron maiden play all old stuff. thats awesome.

:insert zakk wylde solo: THIS IS GAY



toggletoggle post by dreaminginexile   at Mar 15,2005 4:22pm
I want to see Anthrax with Belladona back at the helm!



toggletoggle post by Anthony at Mar 15,2005 4:26pm
I wanna go to this show... but don't want to have to deal with all the slack-jawed inbreds who will also be at this show.

Plus day long shows are way too tiring.

But still, it's so tempting.



toggletoggle post by Josh_Martin at Mar 15,2005 4:28pm
Fuck, the orig. Sabbath with Maiden only playing old stuff. I hope tickets aren't too jewish.
It would be really cool to see Iron Maiden without having to worry about sitting through any of their post-Live After Death faggotry.
And seeing Tony, Geezer, and Bill Ward play together is always worth it.




toggletoggle post by litacore nli at Mar 15,2005 4:45pm
hmm--I may end having to go



toggletoggle post by GoatCatalyst at Mar 15,2005 4:54pm
Bury Your Dead. what the fuck?



toggletoggle post by i_am_not_me   at Mar 15,2005 6:13pm
No Powerslave songs? No Anthrax? Bury Your Dead? WTF?

Sabbath would be much better without Ozzy.

I'm still fucking going, though, and shelling out the dough for good seats instead of lawn.



toggletoggle post by jabu at Mar 15,2005 6:19pm
rob zombie hahahaahahaa



toggletoggle post by Al Ravage at Mar 15,2005 6:21pm
They should play half a set with Dianno half with Dickinson

If Maiden wasn't playing this show wouldn't even be worth paying for... Ozzy and Sabbath playing the same tired half hour set, probably without Bill Ward... play something obscure... play a Dio era song with Ozzy singing... boring crap

maybe I'll go, maybe



toggletoggle post by KeithMutiny  at Mar 15,2005 6:57pm
damn, i may have to go.... maiden whispers sweet nothings into my ear and forces my participation.



toggletoggle post by Todd NLI at Mar 15,2005 7:07pm
I am surprised that there are no comments on Black Dahlia Murder being on this year, haha, I think that is hilarious myself. although the exposure they will get is cool.



toggletoggle post by tbone_r  at Mar 15,2005 7:31pm
how much were tix last year, like 90 bucks? i'm not paying 90 bucks for this, that's for sure.



toggletoggle post by wakeoftears  at Mar 15,2005 8:08pm
Thats weird that Black Dahlia is on it. Theyll be the outcast, like Dimmu was last year. (Except I like this outcast)



toggletoggle post by metalmatt666 at Mar 15,2005 8:13pm
i might have to go this year



toggletoggle post by j of existence at Mar 15,2005 8:21pm
maiden playing only off the first 4 albums I AM SO THERE!!!!!



toggletoggle post by tbone_r  at Mar 15,2005 8:47pm
black dahlia murder doesnt feel like an outcast to me. it seemed like last year they played w/ as i lay dying and unearth a few times. am i wrong on this?



toggletoggle post by i_am_not_me   at Mar 15,2005 9:17pm
Black Dahlia Murder fit in with the metalcore crowd because they look the part. So they like them, I guess.



toggletoggle post by anonymous at Mar 15,2005 10:09pm
actually, i think its pretty terrible. theres not one band playing that i couldnt see anytime. judas priest last year was a treat, theres no draw now. iron maiden will tour some more... i like soilwork and arch enemy.... yup. thats it.

i was hoping for classic anthrax reunion. that would be the only way i would ever go to this gayness. but it was just another holocaust like lie.

although if i get free tix or some shit id sure as fuck like to see iron maiden play all old stuff. thats awesome.

:insert zakk wylde solo: THIS IS GAY


wow dan, i bet the other 50,000 people that will be there this summer will be VERY heartbroken you are not attending.



toggletoggle post by i_am_not_me   at Mar 15,2005 10:11pm
Iron Maiden doesn't want to do non-festival shows in the US anymore, if I remember hearing correctly.



toggletoggle post by KillerKadoogan   at Mar 16,2005 11:33am
WHERE THE FUCK IS ANTHRAX?!?!?!?!?!?!?



toggletoggle post by dan. at Mar 16,2005 12:22pm
yeah i know, its actually already begun. there were people openly weeping on my front lawn with signs and banners and everything!



toggletoggle post by KillerKadoogan   at Mar 16,2005 12:31pm
I SEEN IT



toggletoggle post by KillerKadoogan   at Mar 16,2005 12:32pm
i was actually one of them.

i can't believe you dont want to see THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, and especially A DOZEN FURIES.

poser.



toggletoggle post by litacore   at Mar 16,2005 12:33pm
that Anthrax prospect was shakey, at best

the time to have seen anthrax was in the 80's. God, these nostalgia tours drive me nuts.



toggletoggle post by KillerKadoogan   at Mar 16,2005 12:37pm
i wish i could have, but i was merely a young'n then.

more so than now.



toggletoggle post by litacore   at Mar 16,2005 12:39pm
I'd have liked to have seen Celtic Frost pre-Pandemonium

and Possessed



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