As OZZFEST 2005 continues to storm across America, OZZY OSBOURNE has just announced that this year’s trek (on which he appears with BLACK SABBATH) will be his final stint as the festival’s yearly headliner. For the past ten years as OZZfest’s namesake and lead attraction, Ozzy has closed each show with either his solo band or with the immortal BLACK SABBATH. OZZFEST will carry on in 2006, however Ozzy will limit his performances to only a few, select cities. “After 10 years the OZZfest’s name and reputation has been established. It’s time for me to move on and do other things” says Osbourne.
Originally launched in 1996 as a limited experiment, OZZFEST has taken on a life of its own and has become a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in catapulting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Slipknot, Disturbed, Queens of the Stoneage, Drowning Pool, Godsmack and Chevelle.
The summer’s OZZFEST presents a mighty, unrivaled lineup: the mainstage features Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall and Black Label Society with Velvet Revolver and Slipknot on select dates. The second stage hosts headliner Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, The Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, Soilwork, Trivium, It Dies Today, A Dozen Furies and more.