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Ozzfest Fans Upset By Wicked Wisdom Inclusion (6/8/2005)

Sharon Osbourne has upset fans of heavy rock by adding JADA PINKETT SMITH's pop metal group WICKED WISDOM to the 2005 OZZFEST line-up.

The group, said to be a favorite of Sharon's, has been selected as a surprise addition to the tour's second stage, prompting metal fans to deluge the Ozzfest website with hate mail.

One upset devotee writes, "RIP Ozzfest" after hearing the news, while another threatens Smith's group with a rubbish attack, stating, "Wicked Wisdom will be pelted by every loose object on the Ozzfest grounds."

Smith's group will join Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, VELVET REVOLVER and MUDVAYNE among others on the heavy rock tour.

The Ozzfest dates will mark Wicked Wisdom's first full North American tour. The group previously supported BRITNEY SPEARS in Europe on her ONYX HOTEL TOUR last year (04) and they've also opened for rockers PAPA ROACH.

Other messages posted on the website, state, "If they opened for Britney Spears, then they must suck," and, "This is going to cause a f**king riot... Bring your steel-toed boots!"

Since this news broke in mid-May, little has been heard about the act or how it landed such a coveted gig. But whatever its music sounds like, it convinced tour organizer Sharon Osbourne to put the band on the bill.

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see Wicked Wisdom play last April in a tiny [Los Angeles] club at midnight," Osbourne says. "But let me tell you, I was blown away. When you see and hear Jada with her band it's apparent that she has nothing but love and respect for this genre of music. I totally respect that the band wants to pay their dues playing the second stage on Ozzfest."

WICKED WISDOM is writing all the material for its debut album, which it is co-producing with Ulrich Wild (P.O.D., INCUBUS, STATIC-X). The group is managed by James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez at Overbrook Entertainment, the production/management company owned by Pinkett Smith's actor/rapper husband, Will Smith.

Source: Female First / Billboard

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