Rolling Stone has uploaded a six-minute video clip in which rowdy fans bond, headbang and praise the undying spirit of metal in the parking lot of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, which was held September 24-25 a at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California. Check it out below.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, about 37,000 people attended the event on Saturday, and around 25,600 people attended the event on Sunday, with 3,470 campers on the festival grounds.
Saturday's Ozzfest lineup was headlined by BLACK SABBATH, while SLIPKNOT closed out Sunday's Knotfest bill.
SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler were asked what they thought such a massive show said about the state of rock music. "I don't know about the state of rock music, but I'm just gonna go up there and have some fun, you know," Ozzy said. "We're not trying to make a statement to the industry, we're just gonna have some fun." Geezer added: "It's good that we're still going and this kind of music's still going. To do something this big proves that it's still as popular as ever."
"Ozzfest was just the perfect way for BLACK SABBATH to say farewell to the fans in Southern California," said Sharon Osbourne. "Being there made Ozzy and I realize how much we missed having Ozzfest and we want to thank all of the fans for being so loyal. Also a big thank you to all of the bands who performed some incredible sets."
Also on the Ozzfest portion of the weekend were DISTURBED, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and others, while the Knotfest lineup included SLAYER, TRIVIUM, ANTHRAX, SUICIDE SILENCE and many more.
Both days featured three stages, with one of them named after late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest began in 1996 and where Knotfest was staged last year.
Saturday's show was the last ever for BLACK SABBATH in California. The band is in the final months of its farewell tour and will play three more U.S. shows in Texas this November before visiting South America. The legendary act will end its run with a series of U.K. gigs in early 2017.
Ozzfest started 20 years ago and was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music.
Ozzfest has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007's "free" edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, took 2009 off and played just six cities in 2010.
Knotfest, meanwhile, staged its third annual event last year and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival.
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral