Texas Radio Station Offering Unsigned Band Chance To Play OZZFEST

Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle has teamed up with The Loft and Monster Energy to send one lucky band to kick off this year's Ozzfest.

A press release states: "Get your groupies lined up and ready to go, because you could be going from your garage to Ozz! Send your band entries to the address below to get qualified for an official, old-fashioned Battle Of The Bands! Yes, your band will compete with the best of the Metroplex for a spot on the opening stage of the only U.S. date for Ozzfest! Yes, you, will have roadies, you will find new groupies, yes, you will be on stage in front of rock's best fans! Do we need to scream this? You and your band opening at Ozzfest!

Get your stuff together and send it to:

MP3 entries to: [email protected]

Or your CD entries to:

AEGLive c/o David Ireland
3001 Maple Ave. Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75201

All entries need to be received by close of business on July 19, 2008. NO exceptions.

For more information, visit The Metal Den.

The official Ozzfest 2008 "gydget" can be found below.

Gydget is a widget maker providing marketing solutions focused to the entertainment industry. The service is aimed at bands, sports teams, and celebrities looking to get the word out to fans across the social networks they visit. The service is the spawn of former city events info provider Attendio.com.

Ozzfest organizers confirmed earlier in May through a post at the official web site that the festival, a touring event for more than a decade, will transform into a "destination festival" this summer. OZZY OSBOURNE and METALLICA will headline the one-day show on August 9. Also appearing on the main stage are SERJ TANKIAN, KORN singer Jonathan Davis, HELLYEAH, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT and what's being billed as an "all-star tribute" to slain PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Sharon Osbourne said in the post, "We're going to be a stadium destination festival for now — we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We've given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving Ozzfest. This is just the beginning; (promoter) AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for Ozzfest."

Ozzfest 2008 lineup:

Main Stage:

OZZY OSBOURNE
METALLICA
SERJ TANKIAN
HELLYEAH
JONATHAN DAVIS
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
SHADOWS FALL
APOCALYPTICA
IN THIS MOMENT

All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

Second Stage:

SEVENDUST
DEVILDRIVER
KINGDOM OF SORROW
SOILENT GREEN
WITCHCRAFT
GOATWHORE

Texas (Third) Stage: *

THE SWORD
DROWNING POOL
RIGOR MORTIS
WITHIN CHAOS
THE DESTRO

* Homage to the "many great metal bands that come from Texas," according to Sharon Osbourne

Rumors had been circulating for months that Ozzfest would become a one-or-two-day event this summer, with METALLICA surfacing as a potential headliner in the last few weeks. This will be the band's first Ozzfest appearance.

Last year's Ozzfest, which hit 25 cities, was a free event, with tickets handled through corporate sponsorship. The tour caused controversy by asking acts to play without getting paid, which many felt led to a weaker lineup.

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