Jeff Spevak of Democrat and Chronicle reports that The Darien Lake stop of Ozzfest 2003 on Monday (August 11), witnessed by 15,000, had the best controversy of the tour "when it was announced that the infamous, now slightly shopworn shock rocker MARILYN MANSON had been politely asked by the venue's management to skip this stop on the tour. A few people wore T-shirts questioning MANSON's whereabouts. DISTURBED lead singer David Draiman, whose performances can be described as a ministry of the Cult of Bald-Headed Doom, took the opportunity to rant against those who would censor what we listen to, paying tribute to 'our fallen brother, MARILYN (expletive deleted to preserve the sensibilities of young readers) MANSON.'
"Contrary to what you may have seen on MTV's 'The Osbournes', Ozzy is not dead. He appears closer than some of us, however, moving in that cautious shuffle-step we've become accustomed to seeing on his reality show. Ozzy's opening SABBATH-defining 'War Pigs' included Osbourne curiously leaping about on his hands and knees like an elderly bullfrog.
"Ozzy's battles with personal demons are well documented. His people even reportedly conducted an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting backstage before Ozzy went on. His hard-won infirmities were being shielded from rock critics, who had less access than normal to this show. Curiously, Ozzy's people have no problem with his same doddering moves when they're being sold to a television program." Read more.