Thursday, March 18, 2010
With the exception of a personally bankrupt 2000, I've attended every year since. for me, they were all a hoot (except for that 2003 lineup). The bands, the side stages, the vendors, the over-priced hamburgers, the humidity, the tanned shapely women who wear as little as possible. Oh, it was good times.
Then, in 2007, things got weird.
An entirely free tour? Well, gee, why not? I hate paying money! The whole downside to that was a big fat cash drought for the promoters. In 2008, things got weirder, as the purse strings were tied even tighter. There wasn't even a proper tour. Just one mega show in Dallas. Okay, that one show had Metallica, but I live in Michigan, and Dallas just wasn't in my driving area. So I had to go without for a year. Wait, did I say a year? I meant TWO years, as 2009 simply didn't have an Ozzfest at all. I was able to get by with the Mayhem festival and a "more metal that it should be" Warped Tour, but I longed for my Ozzy-fronted metal fest.
Well, my wishes have been granted. Ozzy himself confirmed earlier this year that Ozzfest will return to it's proper amphitheater touring ways this summer. Oh joy, says I! More overpriced hamburgers! So I waited for a touring lineup and concert dates... and waited...... and waited.... and, well shit, it's almost April now? And no news whatsoever? WTF?!?!
Oh, I've got a bad feeling about this. Hey, I'm glad Ozzfest is at least attempting a comeback, but they have one major problem right at their doorstep: a lack of available acts. Mayhem fest is rolling out again and have stolen away a ton of Ozzfest regulars (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, Korn, Lamb of God). Warped Tour has ramped up the metal even more this year. Seriously, Whitechapel is touring on Warped. A death metal band. On a PUNK TOUR! There's the American Carnage tour, which has Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament, so they're all busy this summer. Now there's word of another fest called the Rock Star Uproar, and they'll be stealing away Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, and Stone Sour.
So where does that leave Ozzy's little tour? Answer: kind of in the shitter. About the only main stage worthy act not doing much this summer is Alice In Chains, but they might just say "fuck it" and go tour Europe instead. And with most of the real good second stage acts taken up by Mayhem and Warped, Ozzfest is looking pretty lame.
Like I said earlier, I'm glad Ozzfest is attempting a comeback, but it looks like it might be a sad attempt. If the acts are coming up short, then I'd rather wait another year for a proper tour lineup than just take all the crap that's left over. Hey, it's my money going towards a ticket, and I want the best bang for my buck. Hell, I even want the tour to be financially successful again.
I just have some severe doubts.