Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were interviewed on yesterday's (Friday, December 14) edition of SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones's radio show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked why they decided to stage special one-night-only New Year's Eve Ozzfest on Monday, December 31 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, Sharon said: "The reason we decided to do it was because Ozzy hates Christmas and New Year — he hates it. And usually New Year's Eve we spend at home and go to bed before it's actually the New Year. It's the most anticlimactic time. Everybody thinks something amazing is gonna happen, and all you do is end up in traffic with nowhere to go. It's this buildup. I don't know what people think is gonna happen, but it never does… So we just thought, well, why not do something New Year's Eve? Then we've got somewhere to go. So we thought of doing an Ozzfest and inviting all our mates to come and play."
Headlining the event will be Ozzy, with a lineup of some of the greatest names in rock (and Ozzfest alumni): Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Jonathan Davis (of KORN), along with the Ozzfest debut of BODY COUNT featuring Ice-T.
"It's an all-day thing," Sharon said. "It starts outside. There's a stage outside. Zakk [Wylde] is gonna perform outside [with his all-star BLACK SABBATH cover band ZAKK SABBATH], and other bands. And there's food trucks and other things to do. So we want you to come early, 'cause we've got snow for you. Yes, we do."
According to Sharon, the evening will conclude with Osbourne onstage counting down to the New Year.
"Ozzy's gonna be performing," she said. "He's gonna stay on stage till about quarter to one in the morning, so it's not like come midnight, you're thrown out. We're doing the countdown and everything. All the guys will come on stage, everybody, and bring it in. And then Ozzy will continue his set. It'll just be fun."
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: