OZZFEST '99 REVIEW
|My Review Of Ozzfest June 10th, 1999 (6/11/99) |
This is very long but well worth the read!
I'll just go through the little bands real quick and give you some of my thoughts on them, and then get straight to thegood stuff!
Drain (STH) - Pretty heavy, didn't think they were too bad,didn't think they were that great. Thought most songs soundedjust like the other ones.
Push Monkey - Impressed me. Kind of different with the trumpetin the one song, but I thought they were pretty good.
Flashpoint - Heavy, but I didn't like them. Boring.
Apartment 26 - Horrible. I thought they sucked.
Hed (pe) - Just O.k.
System of a Down - Good. I have their album, but I am tottally sick of listening to it. They have some really good riffs, but the guys voice just get's on my nerves.
Slipknot - Oh my God! These guys were fantastic! Awesome show,awesome music. Off the wall man! Like 8 members all dressed inthese orange uniforms with clown make up and devilish desguises!Check them out and buy their album!
Godsmack - They were O.K., kind of drawn out.
Puya - or should I say P U? They suck. Don't waste your time.
Primus - Didn't even bother to check out. I hate them.
Static X - Sick. Buy their album. Great show. Great mosh pit. I saw alot of bloody people come out of it. I even saw this old ladygo body surfing! She had to be like 50. She went down and I latersaw her sitting to the side holding her back! That was funny.
Slayer - missed them.
Deftones - missed them on purpose!
For the rest of the bands, read below!!!
Around 6:00pm I met my buddy Sullivan. (This is the guy who goton the Howard Stern show to meet Ozzy a while back and startedshaking and crying.) He has some good connections with ConcreteManagement (Fear Factory) and got two Guest Passes, one of whichhe gave to me. (And now I owe my entire bootleg collection to him!)Any way, we go over to the 2nd stage where Fear Factory is playing,and get back stage. Sullivan meets one of his buddies back thereand gets both of us on stage with Fear Factory. That was totally sick. There was only 10 people standing up there. I was 3 feet awayfrom Raymond Herrera's drum kit. So I caught the last four songsof their set on stage and as soon as they got off, Sullivan snappedpictures of me with my arm around Burton C. Bell (vocals) and DinoCazares (guitar). Next to Ozzy, Fear Factory is my favorite bandso this was like a dream come true! But wait....it gets better!!!
those guys because we didn't care to much for them. So we're sitting there a little while and this girl walks out and I said to Sullivan "Doesn't that look like Aimee Osbourne?" and we both couldn't decide, but I kept saying "It's gotta be her!" So she started walking away and Sullivan ran over and said Hi to her, but by the time I got over there she had walked away already. It was her. She seemed pissed off about something. We saw her a few times after that with some guy on a bicycle with an Apartment 26 T-shirt. Possible Boy friend?So went back over to the stairs to wait a little longer,and who should walk over but Bill Ward!!!! I was freakin! He saw me and Sullivan sitting on the stairs so Sullivan held his cameraup in the air at him and he shook his head yes and waved us down by him. What a cool guy he his. We both got pics of him with our arms around him. He hung out a long time back there, just talkingto people on his walkie talkie and stuff. That was really nice of him.
|So now it's about 7:00pm and we head over to the back of the main stage. Slayer's stuff was all over the place (drums, amps) and they were packing it all up onto so me and Sullivan decided tojust hang out on some stairs and see who we could see. Now, I'm not into Slayer like I used to be so I can't remember the names, but Iknow I saw the guitarist with the long blonde hair (King?) and the other dude thats bald and he's got that big ass tribal tattoo on his one arm. We didn't approach|
Ok, so I am totally freaking out now. I'm seeing all kinds of peopleback there. Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory walks by with his girlfriend, Slipnot is back there getting band pictures taken, some guysfrom Static-X are riding motor scooters around....things are going great. Out walks Tony Dennis (Ozzy's main man) and me and Sullivanget into conversation with him. We got pics with him too. We weretrying to get some better passes but he told us it wasn't possible. He did say he could get us some Ozzy autographs but he never did!Anyway, here's a little news straight from his mouth - The Hawaiigig for Dec 31st, 1999 is not yet confirmed. They can't book a hotelfor the band. All reservations have been taken! So, I start tellingTony about my Ozzy page and he told me that he's never been to itbefore, but he just bought a computer this week, so he will visit. Then behind me, Jack Osbourne (Ozzy's son) rolls up on a scooter andTony goes "...but maybe this guy has been to it!" so Jack said he has.How cool is that? Little Jack visits my page! Right on buddy! I didn'tget a pic with Jack but I would have loved too. So those guys leave and out walks Tony Iommi with his girl. Sullivan goes "Hey Tony, Canwe get some pics?" and Tony says "Yes, I'll be back in a minute" andwalks over to his bus. This is when we're told by security to clearthe area. So we're walking out and we see this tent with all Black Sabbath boxes full of clothes and jewlery and there is Bill Ward again getting some pictures taken. We saw Tony come back for us but were to far ahead to meet up with him. (Damn!) So after hanging outby the dressing room and Ozzy's bus for about 10 minutes, we totallygot kicked out and were told "I better not catch you guys back hereagain!"
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So Zombie is up on stage now. Now we only have guest passes which arejust these stickers that go on your shirt, but Sullivan wore a necklacewith like 6 different old lamintated passes on it. He simply flashesthe old passes at security and we walk all the way down to 1st row.Unbelievable man! We are standing right in front of Rob Zombie and I am totally freaking out. I spotted Ozzy sitting right off stage watching the Zombie show and for one of Zombies songs, Ozzy's sonJack comes dancing on stage dressed up as Darth Mole from Star Wars. Very cool! After a few songs we got kicked out and I wasabout to pass out from not eating or drinking all day so I went to getsome grub. Unfortunately this is when me and Sullivan got seperated.
So Sabbath came on and I tried to get up front by myself with my guestpass but it wasn't working. I would later find out that Sullivan got first row for about 7 songs before getting the boot! Damn't, shouldhave stuck with him! Next time, I'm gonna wear some old passes! I didget further up then where I was originally sitting. In fact at onepoint I was standing in front of the mixing board with Burton C. Bell! How Cool? All in all...it was one awesome night!
Ozzy told us that some one got on stage the other night and picked himup from behind and broke 2 of his ribs. He said he went to the doctorand the he told him he has to take it easy for a while, and that his response to the doctor was "F*** You! I didn't catch him doing anyleap frogs but his voice was in top form for Ozzy. I was pretty wellout of it so I really can't give to good of a review for Sabbath. Myface is totally sun burnt, I didn't have any food in me, and I wasfeeling totally sick.
The setlist was the same as the reunion tour for a few exceptions. When they came out for the encore they started playing Supernaut andthen went into Paranoid. Very nice. Also, Tony did an awesome solo. Iknow I've heard it before. Does anyone know where this solo came from?I also thought it was funny when Ozzy was introducing the band. Hegoes "Mr. Geezer Butler on bass", "Mr. Bill Ward on drums", "I saidMr. Bill Ward on drums!", "Mr. Bill Ward!", "Mr. Bill Ward!", "BillWard!", "Bill Ward!" He did that like 10 times. Bill kept standing up and sitting back down...it was funny! So it all ended with alotof fireworks and confetti just like the shows in January.
What a day! Much thanks to Sullivan!