Ozzy Osbourne Announces (Partial) Retirement From His Own Festival

Published: 2005-08-17
Never one to stay out of the news for long, Ozzy Osbourne has announced that this year will mark his final run as headliner of the festival that bears his name.

"It's time for me to move on and do other things", the self-proclaimed Prince Of Darkness said in a statement issued one day after a vocal breakdown forced him from the stage during Black Sabbath's headlining set at the Ozzfest tour stop in Tacoma, WA.

Osbourne has been bothered throughout this year's tour by recurrent throat problems which have forced either the cancellation of Black Sabbath's set in selected cities (with Iron Maiden filling in as headliner) or, in the case of last week's scheduled Somerset, WI date, the postponement of the entire Ozzfest show.

Fear not, however, metal fans. This announcement does not signal the end of Ozzfest's successful 10-year run as North America's premier heavy music festival. According to the evil one's publicist, "Ozzfest will continue in 2006, however Ozzy will limit his performances to only a few, select cities".

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon further explained the move in her own inimitable fashion. "We're changing the format of the festival next year, and Ozzy will be going into arenas for a while. This outside business is knocking the (cuss word) out of him."

Since its launch in 1996, Ozzfest has been responsible for launching the careers (for better or worse) of Disturbed, Linkin Park and Godsmack as well as giving the Osbournes an annual reason to leave their camera-infested house. This year's tour features Velvet Revolver, Rob Zombie, Slipknot (as well as, bizarrely, Jada Pinkett-Smith's band Wicked Wisdom) and will end September 10.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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