Cleveland Plain Dealer: Festival Flexes Its Ozz-some Metal Muscle

Robert Cherry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed Ozzfest 2003's Tuesday (July 22) stop at Cleveland's Blossom Music Center.

"Ozzfest seemed doomed this year," he wrote.

"Ratings for Ozzy Osbourne's wholesome family sitcom have been slip ping. KORN's overextended nu-metal empire has rusted.

"And MARILYN MANSON's satanic reputation has been irreversibly damaged — sullied by the whiff of respectability he earned as the only sane, compassionate public figure in Michael Moore's 'Bowling for Columbine'.

"But if Ozzfest is no longer THE summer music festival to attend, no one told the festival's namesake, who performed Tuesday with a near spring in his famous stooped shuffle.

"And no one told Cleveland's hard-rock faithful, either. The marshy grounds of Blossom Music Center squished beneath the heels of a near-capacity crowd. And what a colorful, pan-generational crowd it was.

"The more fashion-forward ladies ditched current trends - clothing so tight it appears painted-on - and opted for the real thing - body paint. The men, meanwhile, sported the timeless metal uniform - a black T-shirt and jeans accessorized with a $6.50 cup of beer." Read more.

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