Chris Harris of MTV.com reviewed the opening night of this year's Ozzfest, which kicked off Thursday (June 29) at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington. An excerpt from his review follows:
On Thursday, with the majestic, snowcapped Mount Rainier as its backdrop, Sharon Osbourne's traveling circus of heavy metal and hard rock, bad tattoos and worse habits, launched in Auburn. The small town is about 50 minutes from Seattle and its main road is lined with smoke shops, casinos and dilapidated shacks that double as residences and pyrotechnics shops.
Fans started lining up outside the venue at around 5:30 a.m, some coming from as far as Texas for an afternoon and evening filled with debauchery and ear-splitting metal. While AVENGED SEVENFOLD's set was one of the day's many highlights, the majority of the 15,000 fans were there for the same reason: Ozzy Osbourne, the festival's unstoppable namesake.
Ozzy, who closed out the kickoff's main stage but will be playing only half this year's Ozzfest dates, whipped the audience into a jubilant frenzy Thursday night. Focusing on his post-BLACK SABBATH career, Ozzy pleased the crowd with "I Don't Know", "Goodbye to Romance", "Suicide Solution" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home".
Of course, it wouldn't have been an Ozzy show without songs like "Crazy Train" and the set's closer, "Paranoid". But in the end, fans were pleased that the singer not only showed — with guitarist Zakk Wylde shredding away — but finished what he started. When Ozzfest rolled through town last year, he stormed off the stage when his voice went out, abandoning his BLACK SABBATH bandmates. Ozzy was in fine form Thursday, though. He delivered an energetic performance and his voice sounded stronger than it has in years.
Read the entire review at MTV.com.