Ozzfest is a hard rock and heavy metal music festival tour that has taken place annually since 1996. It’s tough not to recognize how the festival tour got its name, as it was founded by heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon. After the ever-popular music festival Lollapalooza refused to let Ozzy perform, Osbourne decided to create a festival of his own which consequently grew in popularity.
From 1996 through 2006, Ozzfest attracted many of the top heavy metal and hard rock bands, which drew in large crowds to venues year after year. Many of the concerts were headlined by Ozzy and his band Black Sabbath. In 2007, it was decided that the festival tour would have all tickets free of charge to those who go to the Ozzfest Web site or buy Osbourne’s newest album. Due to incredibly high demand, issues among fans attempting to redeem their tickets became a problem. Also, some fans that purchased from secondary market were turned away. Ozzfest returned as a single day event in 2008, and has been cancelled for 2009.
The triumphant return of Ozzy Osbourne’s eponymous summer music festival, Ozzfest, is official. The veteran rocker and self-declared Prince of Darkness went on hiatus from the annual outing in 2009, but he’ll be back on the road in late summer with six festival dates. Tour stops have been confirmed... Read more
The long-running heavy metal and hard rock tour Ozzfest has been put on the back burner for 2009, as festival icon Ozzy Osbourne heads back to the studio to record a follow-up to 2007’s “Black Rain.” Ozzfest is expected to return in 2010. According to a festival statement, Osbourne... Read more
The one-day Ozzfest on three stages at the Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, TX, on August 9 was deemed a success by its promoter AEG Live. With close to 30,000 metal bashers in attendance and a gross of nearly $3.5 million, plans are underway to bring the festival, which... Read more
Tickets to see the Jonas Brothers, and tickets for Ozzfest, are on sale throughout the weekend ending June 2, as compiled by TicketNews. The popular teen act the Jonas Brothers have an additional tour date on sale this weekend, as their stop at Anaheim, CA’s Honda Center hits the... Read more
Forget those rumors that Ozzfest will have to do without Ozzy Osbourne in the future, Billboard reports. The Prince of Darkness told reporters during a teleconference this week that he’ll be at the top of the 2008 Ozzfest bill — “as far as I know.” He did not, however,... Read more
Tour Costly for Unknown Bands, but it’s Paying Off News of the free-ticket deal hit the industry like a mosh pit sucker punch. Some critics said it was a desperate move intended to keep the tour going without paying top bands top money. In past years, Ozzy has sparked... Read more
Drugs and Alcohol Considered Possible Catalysts WCBS-TV in New York is reporting that New Jersey police are investigating two deaths involving concert-goers who attended Thursday’s Ozzfest concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Patrick Norris, 24, of Coram, and 27-year-old Raymond Guarino, of Forked River, were identified... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. In the four days since tickets were released, Live Nation gave away more than 428,000 tickets to this year’s Ozzfest, selling out all 24 dates, according to Live Nation officials. The give away was “the largest number of free tickets distributed in the United States... Read more
By Seth Olson TicketNews.com On February 1, 2007, the official Ozzfest website stated that on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 a “major announcement” concerning the 2007 Ozzfest would be made by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne at 11:00 a.m. PT at a Hotel in Century City, California. This event was going... Read more
It’s unofficially billed as “Freefest” and its free ticket distribution system is up and running, but Ozzfest will still come at a price – at least if you want the VIP treatment. Some think it’s a total publicity stunt. Ozzfest fan Robin Stiles says “They are giving away the... Read more