Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH) and Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) were interviewed on last night's (Friday, April 30) edition of "Sixx Sense", the new national radio program hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, about their involvement in this year's installment of Ozzy's long-running traveling metal festival, Ozzfest.
More than 15 years after Ozzfest's debut, the festival returns this August in six American cities with a bill co-headlined by Ozzy and, in their first-ever Ozzfest appearance, MÖTLEY CRÜE — touring together for the first time with Ozzy since he invited the group on their now-legendary 1984 arena tour.
The main stage will feature full sets from OZZY, MÖTLEY CRÜE and HALFORD (whose frontman Rob Halford last appeared on Ozzfest in 2004 with JUDAS PRIEST), performing songs from Rob Halford's solo career along with material from JUDAS PRIEST and FIGHT. DEVILDRIVER and NONPOINT will round out the main-stage lineup. Second-stage headliners and six-time Ozzfest veterans BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be joined by DROWNING POOL, KINGDOM OF SORROW, GOATWHORE, SKELETONWITCH, SAVIOURS and KATAKLYSM.
Speaking to the Artisan News Service, Nikki stated about MÖTLEY CRÜE's participation in this year's Ozzfest, "When they called up and asked us, it wasn't even like we thought about it. [We were just like], 'Yes,' immediately. We kind of planned on taking the summer off. We've been out on tour for awhile and we just kind of wanted to be home and be off — like you [addressing Ozzy] took some time off — but this is an opportunity that I think only comes along once and we're gonna do it and we're really excited about doing it."
Halford was equally excited about taking part in this year's tour. "This is something I'm really grateful to Ozz for — to get the chance to put my solo band out for the first time in five years," he said. "But… yeah, the Ozzfest is just… every one is special. If you look at the history of the Ozzfest, every one has got special memories attached to it and I'm sure that that's what will happen with this one [in 2010] — there'll be some magical mad moments."
An Artisan News Service report about this year's Ozzfest featuring interview footage with Ozzy, Nikki and Rob, taped last night in Los Angeles, can be viewed at this location.
The 2010 Ozzfest will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996) and then make stops in Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts.
Ozzfest 2010 Main Stage:
Ozzfest 2010 Second Stage:
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
KINGDOM OF SORROW
The dates are as follows:
Aug. 14 - San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Aug. 17 - Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amp.
Aug. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 21 - Hartford, CT – Comcast Theater
Aug. 22 - Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
Aug. 24 - Boston, MA – Comcast Center