Ozzfest 2009 Cancelled

2009 is shaping up to be a busy year for Mr. Ozzy Osbourne. So busy, in fact, that he has decided to cancel his annual festival tour, Ozzfest.

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2009 is shaping up to be a busy year for Mr. Ozzy Osbourne. So busy, in fact, that he has decided to cancel his annual festival tour, Ozzfest, in order to focus more of his time on his forthcoming album.

The following announcement was posted on the official Ozzfest website yesterday:

"Ozzy Osbourne is currently in the studio in Los Angeles co-producing his 10th studio album with Kevin Churko. The new CD is the rock & roll legend's follow-up to 2007's Black Rain which debuted in the Top Ten on the album charts in 11 countries and spawned Ozzy's first ever #1 active rock track, I Don't Wanna Stop (which also sat atop the Heritage Rock chart for more than 20 weeks). The two-time Grammy Award winner has decided that he will not be touring until he has a new album in-stores (currently projected to be Thanksgiving 2009). Thus, Ozzy has decided to put his namesake festival Ozzfest on hold this year."

"In the meantime, if you need an Ozzy fix you can watch him with Sharon, Kelly and Jack on the first family of rock's return to television. The Osbournes: Reloaded is set to launch this spring on Fox TV. Stay tuned for more information [on] The Osbournes: Reloaded and the new Ozzy Osbourne album."

This year's cancellation will mark the first time the tour has skipped a year since it's inception in 1996. Hopefully the tour will return to its former glory when it returns in 2010. Many fans have been vocal about their displeasure in the last couple years of Ozzfest. 2007's "Freefest" featured a less than stellar line-up and 2008 reduced Ozzfest from a touring festival to a 1-day destination festival in Texas.

Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

227 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Rocker_94
    It's good to see Ozzy working on his new album, but it's a shame that there is no Ozzfest this year. It doesen't really affect me though. All these festivals are in Europe!!!
    G_MaN_69
    this just means ozzfest 2010 will be even better!!! they got a year to make up for!
    tinpotkinson
    zakk rules so does iommi.but saying that so did dime and loads of other greats in mettal including the god him self randy.but ozzy should try something new .why not bucket head or some one else on the same mad level as ozzy.who knows. or maybe ozzys health aint that good and needs to slow down hes in his 60s now.but saying that hes always looked ****ed so it shouldnt make much differance..zakk still rules though in terms of living legends
    tinpotkinson
    G_MaN_69 wrote: this just means ozzfest 2010 will be even better!!! they got a year to make up for!
    a lot of things can happen in that year
    ebuenano
    i never knew the festval was in europe i thought it toured through the US
    AngelWolf
    ahh well least theres something from ozz to look forward too all the same. though he coulda used the shows to coinside with as tour for the new album maybe.. well i cant wait for the new album all the same
    DimeShadow
    tinpotkinson wrote: G_MaN_69 wrote: this just means ozzfest 2010 will be even better!!! they got a year to make up for! a lot of things can happen in that year
    EXACTLY! ALL THESE BANDS TOURING THIS YEAR AND PUTTING OUT NEW ALBUMS, THEY'RE GONNA BE BUSY AS HELL! BUT, NOW THIS GIVES OZZY TIME NOT ONLY TO WORK ON HIS UPCOMING ALBUM (ZAKK IS GOD) BUT TO FUKKIN CONTACT ALL THOSE SICK ASS BANDS THAT EVERY1 SENT IN ON THE OZZFEST SURVEY!!!!! OZZFEST 2010 IS COMING!!!!! STRENGTH DETERMINATION MERCILESS FOREVER!!!!!
    2 15/16
    yoozum wrote: He needs to boot Zakk Wylde in order to make a decent album.
    this
    decayingdave
    It's a damn shame, and even though it doesn't effect me, It's still a downer. Still... In the UK all we've got is download which has about 2 decent bands and 90,000 pop/punk bands trying to be cool.
    tinpotkinson
    decayingdave wrote: It's a damn shame, and even though it doesn't effect me, It's still a downer. Still... In the UK all we've got is download which has about 2 decent bands and 90,000 pop/punk bands trying to be cool.
    yer we need the old donington back the good stuff not all the ****ing linkin arse or papa roach or limp dickhead shit
    soadguitarfan
    TimboSlice wrote: I don't know, I didn't care too much for Black Rain, it was a little too dark. Now Purple Rain? There was an album you could set your watch to. For me, it's Purple Rain or No Rain at all. ...although, Chocolate Rain was good...then there was Red Rain, November Rain...
    what about chubby rain?
    -heartbreaker-
    When I saw the headline, I thought something bad. But I guess if he's working on a new album it's alright, I won't really miss Ozzfest...although I can't say I really want ANOTHER Ozzy album after what Black Rain turned out to be....but that's sweet that the TV show is back, they were always hilarious.
    FirstFan
    Ozzy should get together with those geezers across the pond,and everyone of them pitch in,and make a simple HEAVY METAL CD like Paranoid.Unless they ain't got the minerals no more.I think it's bullocks,Iommi,get back to the dim5ths,and give us one for the road!!F the garbage!The clock is ticking,boys!Ya wanna be like all them bands that part of the group demized before they realized what they SHOULD have done?For yourselves,gentlemen,for yourselves. Anyone thinks Ozzy is bowing out because of the economy,HE DOES THE SHOWS FOR FREE!!
    Pingis_Or_Death
    Cafas wrote: No biggie. If you guys are looking for generic -core bands followed by generic hard rock/metal bands, there are lots of other tours you can catch this year.
    Haha, yeah.
    Dempsey68
    he's a ****ing LEGEND! is he not allowed any time off to work on his material?
    CarbonDeath
    Freefest had my favorite lineup to date. Behemoth, Devildriver LoG, Static-X, good lineup to me.
    Rtard_GWARRIOR
    tinpotkinson wrote: zakk rules so does iommi.but saying that so did dime and loads of other greats in mettal including the god him self randy.but ozzy should try something new .why not bucket head or some one else on the same mad level as ozzy.who knows. or maybe ozzys health aint that good and needs to slow down hes in his 60s now.but saying that hes always looked ****ed so it shouldnt make much differance..zakk still rules though in terms of living legends
    He tried bucket head, Ozzy told him to take off the mask and then he came out with a Alien mask. And ozzy told him to **** off. Pretty much
    mickallica
    well actualy the real reason is that ozzy lost is wheel chair in an acid trip ( things happen) so he cannot go on stage. thats why the tour is canceled
    Flibo
    LaLaLaLoopy wrote: OZZY RULEZ but please dont let Zakk on the new album,every riff ends with that bend/wah thing whatever it is,so sick of it,should have been replaced after No More Tears.
    Lol, word. Zakk is clearly a talented guitarist, but those pinch harmonics are so ***** annoying...
    true_bacon22
    Meh, Metalcorefest is what it has become anyway so I don't really care, and this Variety show thing idea scares me.
    scruyou
    fieryfenderz wrote: It was probably Sharon's idea. Don't blame him.
    hahaha for sure!! i dont wanna stop was amazing.. maybe another sick track'll come out in his new album
    Helloween_rox
    Ozzy's officially a douchebag now. Hopefully the new album will have more than 2 or 3 good tracks, unlike Black Rain. That was just pure letdown.
    christopherisbe
    **** i wanted ozzfest to come this year really bad like i actually thought they bring in really good bands to play this time like **** but theres still the wrath tour in spring lamb of god, as i lay dying, and children of bodom hell yeahzzz
    biglou3303
    I love the old Ozzy, but....money rules...and ozzy knows where the cash is at...and if he can make an album that will make more money than ozzfest (which it did), he will make an album. Ozzy has to pay out way to much money to sponsors and stages and set ups that, like Bonnaroo or Download Festival, the best thing to do is have one super badass concert that makes a lot of revenue just to save the Ozzfest name, and then spend the rest of the year making an album. Ozzy has on some level sold out like the rest of them. "Only disgusting music makes money..." any true fan of music knows the truth to that statement
    ozzynator
    perilouspete wrote: if I had to choose between having ozzfest or a new ozzy album, I would most certainly choose the latter. and I hope everyone else would do the same. Black Rain was a pretty quality album, hopefully this album will be as good, but with more imagination on zakk's part. I'm a huge wylde fan but he seems to have run out of ideas on riffs and solos lately.
    the ozzfest news really angers me ! why cancel such a fest ????? but the fact that he is working on a new album makes it okay, Black Rain Kicked ass, great album and am sure the next one will be too. Ozzy and Zakk never disapoint ! Gods of Metal \m/ People here should show some respect.
    MTVget0FFtheAIR
    after only reading the title, i was sure the world was about to end. but he has a justified reason, and it's good to see he's doing ok.
    james1210
    Hey guys, he is not doing ozzfest cause of that crap ass show he is doing. Prince of darkness??? Dude has like 10 paris hilton dogs. I think sharon is going to make ozzy go on I love money 3 next.
    kdcisgod
    ThyHorrorCosmic wrote: Freefest had a pretty badass lineup... Pisses me off that there won't be any Ozzfest. Ozzy hasn't released a good CD since '91. Fuck the CD, set up the damn festival.
    +100
    MetalManiac_86
    Oh well, I wouldn't have gotten to Ozzfest anyway. But yeah, new album! Sweet deal. Always loved Ozzy, and I'm pumped for another album. I enjoyed theBlack Rain album myself.. I see a lot of people flaming it *shrugs* Not absolutely AMAZING but definitely pretty cool the whole way through IMO. OZZZZZY!!
    Frage66
    thedarkblues06 wrote: Phoenix117UK wrote: i_am_metalhead wrote: I love Ozzy and I'm glad that he is devoting all of his time to his new album. However, I really don't think that Ozzfest is all that great anymore - imo it has gone downhill over the past few years. +2
    +3
    megaluisdeth
    NO WAY! I saved like 3000 dollars to go and travel to my 1st Ozzfest and now it's cancel! I always have bad luck!
    connor045
    since when is ozzfest actually about ozzy anyways.... it has been lame lately as well.
    Tortiss
    megaluisdeth wrote: NO WAY! I saved like 3000 dollars to go and travel to my 1st Ozzfest and now it's cancel! I always have bad luck!
    Just spend it on drugs. All good.
    RUSTDOGG666
    BlackSymphony6 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: BlackSymphony6 wrote: GuitarPlayer716 wrote: 2007 featured Hatebreed, 3 Inches of Blood, Devildriver, Nile, Static-X...oh and LAMB OF GOD. How is that not a stellar line up? because of hatebreed, devildriver, static-x ... oh and LAMB OF GOD Dude you left out 3 inches of blood and nile. he did mention those bands too. yeah ... but those bands are alright.
    there is nothing wrong with devildriver and lamb of god. hatebreed okay yeah they might have like 3 good songs and static x yeah their old stuff was good their new stuff not so much. nile is ****ing awesome but honestly 3 inches of blood isnt all that great. so yeah I dont know what he was talking about.