On February 6, 2007 at the Concert Industry Consortium held in the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in California, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne along with tour producer Live Nation, announced that tickets for Ozzfest 2007 will be free.
“For the past 11 years, music fans have made OZZFEST the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States,” said Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts. “What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend OZZFEST for free.”
Ozzfest fans across the nation will be able to visit the www.ozzfest.com website or www.livenation.com where they will soon find links directing them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be obtained. This ground-breaking news is still being detailed and more information will be provided.
The current city tour line-up launches on July 7, 2007 in Los Angeles and will also include San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, and Nashville. Final tour dates and locations will be posted on www.ozzfest.com
2007 marks the 12th anniversary of Ozzfest. Created in 1996, the annual tour features performances by heavy metal and hard rock groups. 2006 performers included Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Bleeding Through, and Norma Jean. The performance lineup for 2007 has not yet been released.
Sharone Osbourne said, “we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today’s announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren’t any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we’re confident we can turn some of the genre’s biggest bands on to what we’re doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they’re in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they’re more than welcome to join us.”
Past Ozzfest media events have included an MTV sponsored heavy-metal inspired American Idol type program entitled “Battle for Ozzfest” where Ozzy and Sharon selected eight bands to compete for a spot in the 2005 Ozzfest, and tour expansions into Europe.
Fans can stay tuned for more information on how to obtain free tickets by visiting the official Ozzfest website at www.ozzfest.com