OZZFEST 2008: Review, Photos, Video Footage Available

Todd Maternowski of Pegasus News has penned a review of this year's one-day Ozzfest, which took place last night (Saturday, August 9) at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas. An excerpt follows.

"While [Jonathan] Davis [of KORN] may have been the weakest act at Ozzfest, easily the most disappointing was the next one, Dallas' own HELLYEAH. Formed by former PANTERA drummer and rock god Vinnie Paul, and composed of half of MUDVAYNE, the band should have been one of the highlights of the day. Unfortunately, the charismatic Paul was hidden behind his massive double-bass drums for the entire set, leaving lead singer Chad Gray to carry the show. Like pretty much every rock supergroup in history (for quick reference, check out SUPERNOVA or VELVET REVOLVER), however, the sum never seems to be the whole of its parts, and the band churned out a sloppy set of same-sounding songs. The biggest crowd reactions during their set were to the breast-baring females on the big screens, rather than anything the band was doing onstage.

"Making it worse — at least for this particular die-hard fan of PANTERA — was the uninspired tributes to Dimebag Darrell. Shot on stage during a concert in 2004, Darrell has become a martyr for metal, as the universally loved and unbelievably talented guitarist was taken way before his time. His tributes, however, were disappointing. Other than a standout performance by the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, as well as some great footage of Dimebag scrolled over the big screens, the attempt was not a good one. An acoustic performance of PINK FLOYD's 'Wish You Were Here' that sounded slightly out-of-tune was the topper."

Read the entire review at www.pegasusnews.com.

An extensive photo gallery from this year's Ozzfest can be found at this location (courtesy of George TenEyck).

Photo of Lars Ulrich of METALLICA performing PINK FLOYD's "Wish You Were Here" alongside Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Pearl Aday (Ian's fiancée and daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf): (photo displayed from MetOnTour.com)

Video of Dimebag tribute song "A New Level" (PANTERA cover) performed by Max Cavalera, Scott Ian and King Diamond, among others:

"Mouth For War" (PANTERA cover) featuring HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta:

METALLICA performing with King Diamond:


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