Jay Cridlin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the Ozzfest concert Thursday (Sept. 2) at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL was much quieter than other recent concerts, according to officials at the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission.
The EPC received only two complaints about Ozzfest, compared to more than 50 after an Aug. 18 show by LINKIN PARK, KORN and SNOOP DOGG.
The difference? Before Thursday's show began, amphitheater officials turned down the amplifiers of Ozzy Osbourne's band BLACK SABBATH by as much as 30 decibels. They also installed a temporary noise barrier along the venue's periphery on the state fairgrounds and tilted upper-level speakers down toward the audience.
"BLACK SABBATH is not a quiet band, but the amphitheater did a very good job dealing with the sound," said Sterlin Woodard, assistant director of the EPC's air management division.
Ozzfest had a few sporadic spikes above the county's prescribed decibel limit. EPC officials monitored noise levels in six nearby neighborhoods. Crowd noise caused the EPC's readings to spike in the Kings Forest Park subdivision, just southwest of the fairgrounds; an intermittent bass line did the same in the Woodlawn subdivision, near Sligh Avenue and U.S. 301.
Some residents said they were impressed with what turned out to be an unexpectedly soft heavy metal concert.
"I was aware of it, but it wasn't bad at all," said John Bell, who lives in south Temple Terrace. "Since the other occasion, it has gotten a lot more reasonable." Read more.