Ozzy Osbourne: No Ozzfest For 2011

Ozzy Osbourne has ruled out hitting the road with his longrunning music festival Ozzfest this year.

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Ozzy Osbourne has ruled out hitting the road with his longrunning music festival Ozzfest this year (11) because he wants to focus on solo shows in Europe.

The touring heavy rock event has been staged every year since its inception in 1996 - except in 2009 - featuring performances from top rock acts including Ozzy, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and System Of A Down.

Osbourne has recently toured America, and now instead of staging Ozzfest again this summer, he has decided to take his own shows to Europe.

He tells Revolver magazine:

"No (Ozzfest), not this year. I just finished a lengthy arena tour of the U.S., so I've decided to tour Europe this summer instead."

Last year's Ozzfest was a short, six-date run that featured Ozzy, Mtley Cre, Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint.

Thanks for the report to ContactMusic.com.

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    noisewall11
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: Mobby32 wrote: ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are... skillet (to me) sounds like avenged seven fold, and disturbed has very similar guitar work. ok slipkot is granted but im not a fan of them. I don't know why I'm bothering, because if that's the way you hear it there's no point. But Skillet sounds like Avenged Sevenfold? Really? If there's anybody Skillet sounds like (especially lately), it's Three Days Grace. But they don't even play the same kind of music as Avenged Sevenfold. Both Skillet and Three Days Grace play more like what people call post-grunge rock, where A7x plays more of a classic metal style mixed with more modern things. And neither band has any sort of the musical prowess Avenged Sevenfold has (and it's not like A7x are overflowing with it, either). I really can't think of a band that actually sounds close to Avenged Sevenfold in terms of style. But I can think of a band that sounds very much like Slipknot (or Slipknot sounds like them). At times, I can't even tell the difference... StoneSour.
    their most recent album sounds literally exactly like metallica. it was like listening to metallica with un-distorted vocals and more double bass. just cause these bands have apperently altered their sound enough for it to be considered their "own" doesn't mean it's something that hasn't been done before.
    BENDO789
    i_am_metalhead wrote: if you're trying to pitch a festival ran by Ozzy you might be better off throwing in names like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Just my opinion, though.
    I can't see Maiden appearing at Ozzfest again, considering the Osbournes and Maiden(mainly Bruce Dickinson) hating each other.
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: I really can't think of a band that actually sounds close to Avenged Sevenfold in terms of style.
    Avenged Sevenfold sound like a mix between Maiden and Metallica. I'm not hating they're three of my favourite bands.
    ThatFlyingThing
    LedZep129 wrote: Hopefully Ozzfest 2012 has an awesome line up I would kill small children to see... Iron Maiden
    At Ozzfest? I lol'd
    starsky133
    Oh well. I was at least year's Ozzfest in Camden NJ. They had a great lineup on the main and second stage, and we had am unannounced visit from Johnny from Type O Negative because the band's guitarist is now in Kingdom of Sorrow. Also it was fun to talk to Zakk before he found out that BLS got rained out...
    slaveskinJACKET
    dethskar0 wrote: But you guys are acting as if tuning is the only thing that can make bands sound similar, so if they play in different tunings then they can't sound similar at all. And that's just ****ing retarded.
    blackbird51 wrote: Tunings have NOTHING to do with bands sounding similar. you can be in Dropped C and play in any key you want.
    I never said it was why they were different, I just said it was a part of it, and then somebody argued that they were tuned the same, which is rare, and the subject of my comment turned to that. Changing tunings doesn't necessarily change your style, but it definitely changes the sound. Sure, you can play in whatever key you like, in whatever style you like, but if you play it the same way in both tunings, the one tuned lower will sound lower, which is different. Another reason the bands sounds different is because they play significantly different styles of music, although it wouldn't be surprising if they were to tour together.
    TrashVampire666
    booby50 wrote: It seems like the more popular a band gets, the more people love to hate them, yet when they first start out everyone's a fan...
    thats because when a band gets popular a lot of the times the quality of there music decreases to appeal to a larger and dumber audience. its not like people hate them because there those *****s who only think the most secret kvlt underground bands are cool, they just can notice that the music quality is far worse than before. i mean, look at metallica, there first albums were as musically innovative as it gets, but there last 4 or 5 albums were just trashy "keep it simple keep it clean" style albums.
    emphaticleech
    Zan595 wrote: ummm, wut do u mean slipknot n avenged sevenfold are not generic. lol just kidding dude. i agree ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are...
    Neither Slipknot nor A7X sound like Slipknot or A7X anymore. :\
    dazealone
    wait how did no ozzfest this year turn into a fight over a bunch of shity bands no one cares about anyway
    lespaul4eveR
    booby50 wrote: It seems like the more popular a band gets, the more people love to hate them, yet when they first start out everyone's a fan...
    The more popular a band gets, it always seem like they start to put out bad albums. Granted after a few the quality really will drop after writing those songs and picking out your best stuff first. Thats why I LOVE Zeppelin... EVERY album was amazing... But yeah... No Ozzfest... this sucks.
    iup788
    Zan595 wrote: ummm, wut do u mean slipknot n avenged sevenfold are not generic. lol just kidding dude. i agree ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are...
    Avenged Sevenfold sounds like if Green Day had a penis.
    Skullivan
    emphaticleech wrote: Neither Slipknot nor A7X sound like Slipknot or A7X anymore. :\
    Why does this comment sound so simple, but make so much sense?
    LedZep129
    ThatFlyingThing wrote: LedZep129 wrote: Hopefully Ozzfest 2012 has an awesome line up I would kill small children to see... Iron Maiden At Ozzfest? I lol'd
    Hey, i never said that it was going to happen i would just kill small children to see it in all of its impossibility
    losing battle
    neversleeps84 wrote: Rob Zombie should start his own annual summer tour and call it Zombieland.
    you my good sir are a genuis. Also screw the big four being buddy buddy I want more tours kerry king need to spike dave mustaines gatorade so we can go back to having more tours
    GodzillaDeth
    Zan595 wrote: ummm, wut do u mean slipknot n avenged sevenfold are not generic. lol just kidding dude. i agree ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are...
    i think earlier avenged sevenfold was way more generic than the city of evil stuff
    good_blink_plan
    dethskar0 wrote: Plenty of bands sound like Slipknot. Mudvayne sounds exactly like Slipknot save for the voice. Radio-friendly bullshit metal. And Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold do sound similar. A7X's early work was good, but City of Evil marked their decline. Mudvayne's L.D.50 was also very good, and Slipknot's self-titled wasn't all that bad. But you guys are acting as if tuning is the only thing that can make bands sound similar, so if they play in different tunings then they can't sound similar at all. And that's just ****ing retarded.
    LOL, Iowa and Slipknot definitely weren't radio friendly crap, maybe Subliminal and All Hope Is Gone were, but the way you stated it makes it seem like it's all they play.... Which it definitely isn't.
    ktulu51
    Gotta say i expected this. Ozzfest has gotten sadder and sadder every year since 2005 or so. I'm calling it now - there will never be another (worthy) Ozzfest.
    booby50
    It seems like the more popular a band gets, the more people love to hate them, yet when they first start out everyone's a fan...
    ctviens
    It'd probably be full of average metal bands anyway. I don't want to see Ozzfest exist again until it has another impressive line-up.
    crisheat9
    ctviens wrote: It'd probably be full of average metal bands anyway. I don't want to see Ozzfest exist again until it has another impressive line-up.
    Exactly!
    Mobby32
    It'd probably be full of average metal bands anyway. I don't want to see Ozzfest exist again until it has another impressive line-up.
    ummm, wut do u mean slipknot n avenged sevenfold are not generic. lol just kidding dude. i agree
    LedZep129
    Hopefully Ozzfest 2012 has an awesome line up I would kill small children to see SOAD there, a Sabbath reunion (odds are not gonna happen tough) Iron Maiden, 3 inches of blood, A virtual performance by Dethklok, and Unearth
    Zan595
    ummm, wut do u mean slipknot n avenged sevenfold are not generic. lol just kidding dude. i agree
    ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are...
    Zan595
    LedZep129 wrote: Hopefully Ozzfest 2012 has an awesome line up I would kill small children to see SOAD there, a Sabbath reunion (odds are not gonna happen tough) Iron Maiden, 3 inches of blood, A virtual performance by Dethklok, and Unearth
    This. I was so dissapointed that SOAD is basically only doing west coast shows in the U.S this year.
    Mobby32
    ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are...
    skillet (to me) sounds like avenged seven fold, and disturbed has very similar guitar work. ok slipkot is granted but im not a fan of them.
    Reaper/chaos
    System of a down is touring!!! Get them, Arch enemy, Dethklok, and Shadows fall up there and you will rock the whole US!
    i_am_metalhead
    ...featuring performances from top rock acts including Ozzy, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and System Of A Down.
    Granted, those names have been at the top of the charts, but if you're trying to pitch a festival ran by Ozzy you might be better off throwing in names like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Just my opinion, though.
    TheAbsentOne
    The arguments are making me lol. OT: This sucks. I didn't get to see it last year, I want to go at least once.. Hopefully next year it will be amazing. At least there's still an incredible Mayhem lineup this year that I'm going to.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Mobby32 wrote: ^Name another band that sounds like either of those. They aren't "generic" at all. That statement just sounds like you jumping on the hate wagon due to their fanbases being incredibly annoying, which granted, they are... skillet (to me) sounds like avenged seven fold, and disturbed has very similar guitar work. ok slipkot is granted but im not a fan of them.
    I don't know why I'm bothering, because if that's the way you hear it there's no point. But Skillet sounds like Avenged Sevenfold? Really? If there's anybody Skillet sounds like (especially lately), it's Three Days Grace. But they don't even play the same kind of music as Avenged Sevenfold. Both Skillet and Three Days Grace play more like what people call post-grunge rock, where A7x plays more of a classic metal style mixed with more modern things. And neither band has any sort of the musical prowess Avenged Sevenfold has (and it's not like A7x are overflowing with it, either). I really can't think of a band that actually sounds close to Avenged Sevenfold in terms of style. But I can think of a band that sounds very much like Slipknot (or Slipknot sounds like them). At times, I can't even tell the difference... StoneSour.
    slaveskinJACKET
    And I don't hear the similarites in the guitar work between A7x and Disturbed. They play in different tunings. Disturbed has those 3 riffs and progressions they use over and over. Avenged Sevenfold plays everything in D or Dm. Completely different lead styles, too. I just don't hear it. To me, it's like saying the guitar work in Nirvana sounds just like the guitar work in Alice in Chains, just because some songs could be classified together by genre.
    midwesttrendkil
    slaveskinJACKET wrote:disturbed plays in drop d to tard farmer ax7 also plays in d 1/2 witch disturbed also plays in but i do agree THEY SOUND NOTHING ALIKE but they do use the same tunings so yet again think before you speak haha And I don't hear the similarites in the guitar work between A7x and Disturbed. They play in different tunings. Disturbed has those 3 riffs and progressions they use over and over. Avenged Sevenfold plays everything in D or Dm. Completely different lead styles, too. I just don't hear it. To me, it's like saying the guitar work in Nirvana sounds just like the guitar work in Alice in Chains, just because some songs could be classified together by genre.
    midwesttrendkil
    midwesttrendkil wrote: midwesterntrendkil:disturbed plays in drop d to tard farmer ax7 also plays in d 1/2 witch disturbed also plays in but i do agree THEY SOUND NOTHING ALIKE but they do use the same tunings so yet again think before you speak haha And I don't hear the similarites in the guitar work between A7x and Disturbed. They play in different tunings. Disturbed has those 3 riffs and progressions they use over and over. Avenged Sevenfold plays everything in D or Dm. Completely different lead styles, too. I just don't hear it. To me, it's like saying the guitar work in Nirvana sounds just like the guitar work in Alice in Chains, just because some songs could be classified together by genre.
    slaveskinJACKET
    midwesttrendkil wrote: slaveskinJACKET wrote:disturbed plays in drop d to tard farmer ax7 also plays in d 1/2 witch disturbed also plays in but i do agree THEY SOUND NOTHING ALIKE but they do use the same tunings so yet again think before you speak haha And I don't hear the similarites in the guitar work between A7x and Disturbed. They play in different tunings. Disturbed has those 3 riffs and progressions they use over and over. Avenged Sevenfold plays everything in D or Dm. Completely different lead styles, too. I just don't hear it. To me, it's like saying the guitar work in Nirvana sounds just like the guitar work in Alice in Chains, just because some songs could be classified together by genre.
    Well, until you pointed it out, I never realized Avenged Sevenfold ever strayed away from D. But I guess they have went down to C# a few times. But I didn't mean that they are merely tuned in D. I meant that the base chord for nearly every song of theirs seems to be a D or a Dm (or a C# or C#m, apparently). I know that every song is not based there, but you can't deny that a good portion of them are. I also could have sworn that Disturbed was usually in a dropped C most often, but it seems I'm wrong about that, too. It appears they use a dropped C# just as often. But either way, A7x usually stays in dropped D, Disturbed usually stay in a dropped C/C#. They occasionally overlap in C#, but for the most part, they play the same tuning in different notes, which is basically different tunings. So, maybe you should think before you speak. Nice job on that quote, by the way... both times.
    dethskar0
    Plenty of bands sound like Slipknot. Mudvayne sounds exactly like Slipknot save for the voice. Radio-friendly bullshit metal. And Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold do sound similar. A7X's early work was good, but City of Evil marked their decline. Mudvayne's L.D.50 was also very good, and Slipknot's self-titled wasn't all that bad. But you guys are acting as if tuning is the only thing that can make bands sound similar, so if they play in different tunings then they can't sound similar at all. And that's just ****ing retarded.
    Mr.Flaugher
    Not a big loss in my eyes. Sounds of the Underground and Gigantour have taken over the metal festivals in the States. Ozzfest hasnt had a decent lineup in years.
    blackbird51
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: And I don't hear the similarites in the guitar work between A7x and Disturbed. They play in different tunings. Disturbed has those 3 riffs and progressions they use over and over. Avenged Sevenfold plays everything in D or Dm. Completely different lead styles, too. I just don't hear it. To me, it's like saying the guitar work in Nirvana sounds just like the guitar work in Alice in Chains, just because some songs could be classified together by genre.
    Tunings have NOTHING to do with bands sounding similar. you can be in Dropped C and play in any key you want.
    iljh
    Honestly, this is the right thing to do. Take a break from Ozzfest and come back when you have something great lined up.
    Shinozoku
    Metallica tunes to E standard, therefore they sound exactly like Eric Clapton... /trolling.