Spokesperson: OZZY Will 'Definitely' Headline OZZFEST 2004

Ozzy Osbourne will "definitely" perform at this year's Ozzfest, a spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

Osbourne will top a main-stage bill that will probably include veteran British heavy metallers JUDAS PRIEST. Also expected to appear are SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED, who will likely co-headline the festival's second-stage. Other rumored contenders for the festival include DAMAGEPLAN and VELVET REVOLVER.

Ozzy's ability to participate in the 2004 installment of the annual travelling heavy metal festival was placed under a cloud of uncertainty following his all-terrain vehicle accident in December.

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra when the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and landed on top of him at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England. He spent a week on a ventilator.

Earlier this month, Ozzy cancelled a 20-date European tour, citing his need to spend the next few months getting his life back on track in the wake of the near-fatal accident.

Announcing the cancellation, Osbourne said: "I am deeply disappointed, but it's out of my control.

"Right now I need to concentrate on my recovery and unfortunately this is something I cannot rush.

"I have to take things one step at a time now. I look forward to being back on stage as and when the doctors tell me I am fit and ready."


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