Ozzfest 2010 is official! It's coming. Unlike previous incarnations of the tour, which saw it run throughout the entire country for a month, or more recently just be a destination festival, this year's version will run for about a week and feature a very eclectic lineup to say the least. Without further ado, here is the lineup:
Rob Halford (performing solo, Judas Priest and Fight material)
Black Label Society
Kingdom of Sorrow
Not an incredibly impressive lineup. Does anybody still care about Motley Crue? Also, Nonpoint is still around? Same goes for Drowning Pool? Ultimately, this seems very skippable for me. But I have to say congrats to our boys in Skeletonwitch, along with Goatwhore and Saviours for getting on this bill. While it may not be for me, I'm sure they'll draw a ton of new fans.
See, the thing I realized a few years ago is it doesn't matter if Ozzfest is a strong or weak lineup. Most of the time, people just BBQ in the parking lot and get drunk all day and then come in right when Ozzy comes on. He is without a doubt the draw. This year, it seems like they are trying to appeal to the VH1 Classic crowd with the main stage. I'm not exactly sure what they're going for with the second stage, but I can't see anybody paying upwards of 50 or more dollars just to check out the bands on there.
If this has peaked your interest and you are curious about attending, you better live near a major market. There are only six shows on the entire Ozzfest run, most of them on the east coast:
Sat, Aug 14 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amp.
Thurs, Aug 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Sat , Aug 21 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
You have to wonder why the tour is so short this year. Could it be from the incredible amount of competition the tour is facing from the likes of Summer Slaughter, Mayhem Fest & Warped Tour, American Carnage, The Cool Tour, etc.? Or could it be that Ozzy can only go for a week and then needs a break? Notice there are only two back to back shows and the rest are very much spread apart.
Will you be attending this year's Ozzfest?
Check out some videos from past Ozzfests.