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.

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    Warheart1188
    I'm not too disappointed. The last Ozzfest that was any good to me was Ozzfest 2001. '99 was good too but that's about it.
    wndrw982
    how the **** does he even write lyrics? he sounds like his brain is so ****ing fried
    pitbull510
    Ozzy, FUCK YOU. His newer albums are unoriginal and his performance is weak, and it's not worth canceling ozzfest over. There're at least a few bands each year on the ozzfest bill that're WAY better than him and his band.
    axe_man282
    glad to hear ozzfest is cancelled a bunch of shitty bands that wail away on the e string in drop d tuning backed by a mountain of distortion isnt special as far as ozzy goes it was all about randy rhoads and jake e. lee did okay and zakk wylde ****ing sucks donkey dicks FUCK ozzfest i hope it never returns
    guylee
    Well, the ozzfest lineup sucked this year, and his last album was crap. so it's kind of a lose lose situation i guess
    AEnima18
    oh dont worry people. Its ok. We can see Ozzy acting like a clown, a parody of himself on the new TV show Osbournes Reloaded. But i do agree ozzfest has been declining.
    timpryor
    sneyob wrote: Wow, selfish. Cancelling an awesome festival because he thinks someone cares about his new albums. Ozzy died to me when Randy died.
    He's selfish because, as a musician, he wants to record a new cd, which is what musicians do? you're selfish for wanting him to drop everything he's doing and play just for you. Who knows how long he'll be around...it's not a bad idea to record a new album...while he can I've never been to OF,and I really wanted to go this year, but, oh well...Coheed will be great
    timpryor
    Hirvikala wrote: I know it kind of kills the purpose to have ozzfest without ozzy, but couldn't the fest have been this year without him?
    I wish
    miketag
    i think ozzy should think " i dont need to be the main act every year" thats what he thinks, he shouldnt cancel the tour thats been going on for years just because he wont be on it
    Moonman13
    Why even mention Grammys? "...The two time Grammy award winner..." That's an insult. The Grammys infuriate me and are a joke.
    punXander
    i live in Canada, I went to the one ozzfest they had in Toronto... I was told it was a watered down version of the ones in the states (set up kinda like warped tour, with stages all around the park) anyways the Ozzfest in Toronto was on one stage with like 5-6 bands playing all day! it was fun, System of a Down headlined, there was hatebreed, trivium, atyrue, lacuna coil, and some other bands... my point being is that it was more like a SOAD concert then anything else, since it really wasn't festival like (mind you that was the last of SOAD before they went on hiatus). So missing an ozzfest would suck, but not for me!
    ReeseKillsHIV
    Tortiss wrote: 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.
    Just spend it on a sick guitar, fool.
    Wasp77
    I think ozzy is retarted and he needs to lay off the drugs, same with his wife im glad iron maiden dropped the ozzfest
    StereoFlare
    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.
    +100000
    sky brownie
    Frage66 wrote: 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. +3
    +4
    Badreligionrock
    I doubt Mr Osbourne is so busy he couldn't take a day out of his busy schedule to play a show. He won't have that much involvment in running the actual festival anyway, so why not keep it on even if he can't play it?
    mcoolseph
    blaghostbla wrote: One of the most overrated frontmen in history.
    agreed.
    Goad
    I would pay to go to Ozzfest, but I'm not gonna buy his new album. Nothing interesting going on!
    punXander
    civilunrest : sneyob wrote: Wow, selfish. Cancelling an awesome festival because he thinks someone cares about his new albums. Ozzy died to me when Randy died. a) He didn't have to start Ozzfest in the first place. b) A lot of people are interested in a new Ozzy album. c) YOU WEREN'T EVEN BORN WHEN RANDY RHOADS DIED! STO BEING SO PRETENTIOUS!
    lol how do you know how old that person is?? it should surprise you that it's not just 13-15 year olds on this site...
    Noremak
    all my life...*pinch harmonic*...over the top...*pinch harmonic*...i dont know what -*pinch harmonic!!* pinch harmonic!!!* i dont wanna stop!-*double pinch harmonic*
    randyaintdead82
    soadguitarfan wrote: 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?
    You forgot Raining Blood
    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
    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
    AsylumJailBreak
    jesus christ im so sick of wanting ozzfest and then having it be cancelled or having it be one show only. **** that