The official line-up for this years Ozzfest has now been announced. It is as follows:
Second and Third Stages:
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE
BOY HITS CAR
Tour producers plan to start the music on the main stage later than in years past, to allow fans to catch more acts on the alternate stages. A schedule of set times for each stop on the tour will be posted on the tour's official web site (www.ozzfest.com) and at each venue.
Select venues will feature a 'Purgatory Pit' in front of the stage, which will accommodate from 500-1,000 fans. Special tickets (with a limited edition t-shirt) for pit admission will be sold via a pre-sale through the web site for shows in St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., San Bernadino, Calif., San Antonio, Texas, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Bristow, Va., and Pittsburgh. A handful of shows—Somerset, Wis., Denver, George, Wash., Tampa, Fla., and Toronto—will be general admission.
Here are the dates for Ozzfest 2001:
June 08 - Chicago, IL - World Music Amphitheatre
June 09 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
June 12-13 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Music Amphitheatre
June 16 - Somerset, WI - Float-Rite Park
June 18 - St. Louis. MO Riverport Amphitheatre
June 19 - Kansas City, MO - Sandstone Amphitheatre
June 22 - Denver, CO - Mile High Stadium
June 25 - George, WA - Gorge
June 27 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Valley Amph.
June 30 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Blockbuster Am.
July 03 - San Antonio, TX - South Texas Verizon Music Am.
July 05 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Theater
July 07 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater
July 13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Mars Music Amphitheatre
July 14 - Tampa, FL - (TBA)
July 17 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 20 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion
July 21 - Camden, NJ - E Center
July 24 - Toronto, CAN - the Docks
July 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 30-31 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Center
Aug. 03 - Columbus, OH - Polaris Amphitheatre
Aug. 05 - Hartford, CT - Meadows Music Amphitheatre
Aug. 07-08 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
Aug. 11-12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
The once-again-reunited BLACK SABBATH have been rehearsing on a soundstage in England, and the group's members have been 'collaborating, riffing, and brainstorming new songs, too,' according to the Ozzfest web site. The band plans to record an album of all new material—their first since 1978's Never Say Die—in the fall with producer Rick Rubin.
KUSH, the long-running project of FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, have reportedly recorded 17 songs, which are described as being 'very unpolished and raw—way more organic and groovy sounding' than some of the involved parties' main bands, according to Olde Wobers. KUSH are hoping to issue their debut album sometime next year.
After a long absence, Sweden's WITCHERY are ready to bounce back onto the metal scene with a brand new studio album and a slightly revamped line-up. Here is the official statement from WITCHERY's Jensen (guitar) about the group's latest developments:
'First of all, we are very sorry to say that we have lost founding member Mique on drums. Mique had recently become a father and also experienced a very promising career move, which made him come to the conclusion that he had had enough. We thank him for the years he stuck with the band and we wish him the best of luck. A permanent replacement has been found in Martin Axe (of NIFELHEIM / SATANIC SLAUGHTER fame) and he will be handling the duties on the upcoming 3rd full-length album.... Ah...yes....a new full length album from WITCHERY. We entered Berno Studio on January 29th and we finished it up on the 10th of February. We're aiming for a release early this summer. There's no definite album title yet, but we use the name It's an Early Grave.... at the moment. This specific title refers to how incredibly hard it is to get everyone together to pull off a new album or to tour... So, to get this new album done we've been forced to work around the clock during the few days we had to our disposal... and we are VERY happy with how it turned out and we're very anxious to get this album into the hands and ears of YOU!
Song titles are as follows (in no specific order):
03. None Buried Deeper
05. Called for by Death
07. The Storm
08. Shallow Grave
09. Unholy Wars
10. Hearse of the Pharaohs*
*featuring a guest appearance by MERCYFUL FATE's Hank Shermann
Cheers and keep doing the 'W'!