OZZY OSBOURNE On OZZFEST New Year's Eve Spectacular: 'I Wanna Give' Fans 'A Great Show'

OZZY OSBOURNE On OZZFEST New Year's Eve Spectacular: 'I Wanna Give' Fans 'A Great Show'

Prior to the upcoming first-ever Ozzfest New Year's Eve celebration, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne sat down to talk about the festival created in his name.

Q: How you do feel about working through the holidays?

Ozzy: "I've always wanted to work through Christmas — it's a good start to the New Year. Ozzfest at the Forum, New Year's Eve, with us, two stages with [MARILYN] MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE, ZAKK SABBATH, ICE-T, a bunch of different people."

Q: This year's lineup features a lot of Ozzfest alumni.

Ozzy: "Yeah, that's the beauty of it — it's kind of like the all-stars of Ozzfest. That's one thing I'm really proud of, because of how this all started. Many years ago, when we tried to go on Lollapalooza and they said we don't have enough space for Ozzy and this kind of music. So we took a chance and did it all our own and it took off. And here we are, 21 years later. My God."

Q: There seems to be a real camaraderie among the hard rock world.

Ozzy: "You know, people look at heavy metal guys and they think, 'Oh, they're bad people.' But we're really not. I mean, if something bad happens, I'll get phone calls, 'Are you okay? Do you need any help?' This goes back years to even when Randy [Rhoads] got killed. I recently contacted Jonathan [Davis of KORN] after his wife passed away. It means a lot to support each other."

Q: Let's talk a little bit about Zakk and what it's like having him back out with you. On Ozzfest, he'll be pulling double-duty, performing on the second stage with ZAKK SABBATH and then with you for the final set of the night.

Ozzy: "It's good to have him back. Zakk's like a member of my family and it's a joy to work with him now that we're both sober. You know, he's the longest player — guitar player — I've ever had both with [BLACK] SABBATH and my solo gig.'

Q: What are you looking forward to with Ozzfest this year?

Ozzy: "I wanna give them a great show, I wanna have fun. I mean, I'm bringing the New Year in with a big bang!"

Q: And you'll be onstage when the New Year rings in?

Ozzy: "Yeah. i got to time it, because when you rehearse, you know, I'll play through songs. but then when you go on stage, you start to just go with it. We've got to time it so we can stop for the countdown."

Set for Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, Ozzfest will kick off 10 hours of live music at 2:30 p.m. with sets from ZAKK SABBATH, DEVILDRIVER and WEDNESDAY 13 on the outdoor stage. Everything shifts indoors at 6:00 p.m., where Ozzfest alumni ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, Jonathan Davis and BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T (in their Ozzfest debut) will take the stage. The night will conclude with a performance from Ozzy.

Tickets for the Live Nation-produced Ozzfest 2018 are on sale now here.

Special holiday ticket prices runs from Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. (PT) through Sunday, December 16 at 10:00 p.m. (PT), with a limited number of tickets available at the New Year's Eve price of $20.19.

The Ozzfest lineup is as follows:

OZZY OSBOURNE
ROB ZOMBIE
MARILYN MANSON
JONATHAN DAVIS
BODY COUNT
ZAKK SABBATH
DEVILDRIVER
WEDNESDAY 13

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).