OZZFEST 2008 VIP Ticket Packages Announced

Representatives for Ozzfest have announced special VIP ticket packages to enhance the Ozzfest experience on Saturday, August 9 at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, TX. These packages are now available, along with the general tickets, ranging from $79.50 – $129.50, that recently went on sale.

The VIP Packages include exclusive seating (Field - GA Front of Stage access area $499 or Premium Reserved Seating Lower Stands $299); VIP parking (1 pass per order — to be mailed at a later date); access to VIP lounge area with complimentary snacks and water; and access to "Ozzy's Lair" brought to you by ESP Guitars. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster outlets and online at this location.

The official Ozzfest 2008 "gydget" can be found below.

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Ozzfest organizers confirmed earlier in May through a post at the official web site that the festival, a touring event for more than a decade, will transform into a "destination festival" this summer. OZZY OSBOURNE and METALLICA will headline a one-day show on August 9 at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas. Also appearing on the main stage are SERJ TANKIAN, KORN singer Jonathan Davis, HELLYEAH, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT and what's being billed as an "all-star tribute" to slain PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said of this year's Ozzfest, "In 1986 Ozzy gave us our first break by taking us out on tour here in America, so whenever we get the call to play or hang together, of course our response is 'F*ck yeah… just tell us when and where and we’ll be there. We're psyched about our first Ozzfest experience and looking forward to hanging with all our metal buddies on what surely will be a great f*cking day in Dallas."

Tour co-founder Sharon Osbourne said in the post, "We're going to be a stadium destination festival for now — we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We've given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving Ozzfest. This is just the beginning; (promoter) AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for Ozzfest."

Ozzfest 2008 lineup:

Main Stage:

OZZY OSBOURNE
METALLICA
SERJ TANKIAN
HELLYEAH
JONATHAN DAVIS
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
SHADOWS FALL
APOCALYPTICA
IN THIS MOMENT

All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

Second Stage:

SEVENDUST
DEVILDRIVER
KINGDOM OF SORROW
SOILENT GREEN
WITCHCRAFT
GOATWHORE

Texas (Third) Stage: *

THE SWORD
DROWNING POOL
RIGOR MORTIS
WITHIN CHAOS
THE DESTRO

* Homage to the "many great metal bands that come from Texas," according to Sharon Osbourne

Rumors had been circulating for months that Ozzfest would become a one-or-two-day event this summer, with METALLICA surfacing as a potential headliner in the last few weeks. This will be the band's first Ozzfest appearance.

Last year's Ozzfest, which hit 25 cities, was a free event, with tickets handled through corporate sponsorship. The tour caused controversy by asking acts to play without getting paid, which many felt led to a weaker lineup.

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