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.
The following 20 bands have been selected to participate in the "Garage To Ozz" contest:
AMERICAN LAB RAT
BORN 2 NOTHING
CALLING ALL WAR
FAINT THE FICTION
FEEL NEVER REAL
STIR THE SILENCE
THE RAZOR BLADE DOLLS
THE SUICIDE HOOK
To hear audio samples from each of the above-listed bands and to vote for the contestant of your choice, go to this location.
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.
Ozzfest 2008 lineup:
IN THIS MOMENT
All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
KINGDOM OF SORROW
Texas (Third) Stage: *
* 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 METALLICAsurfacing 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.