... From the Festival Files
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2007

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Oh, Ozzy. You lovable, cuddly Prince of Darkness. You’ve surprised us once again.

In what The Associated Press calls “the most startling news to hit the heavy-metal circuit since Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat,” the elder Osbournes (Sharon and the Wizard of Oz himself) have decided to cut the prices of this year’s Ozzfest tickets.

Actually, they slashed the prices. Maimed them, even. Blew ‘em up. Abolished them. That’s right: Ozzfest, the annual tour that has previously cost concertgoers as much as $35 to $150 to attend (not including those medical bills for headbanging-induced whiplash), will be free this year. “It's our 12th year and we wanted to shake it up a bit and do something different,'' says Sharon, Ozzy’s business-savvy better half.

Ozzy Osbourne is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, which he plans to release in May and support with an early summer tour alongside Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. He’ll also join the lineup for Ozzfest’s twenty-five show dates, which begin in Los Angeles on July 7th. Other cities include San Diego, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Hartford, Charlotte, New York, Boston, and Nashville, although a final list of confirmed cities and dates is still on the way.

Click here to check out the Ozzfest 2007 press conference.

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