Calling all heshers, metalheads, road dogs, mullet men, and stoners, it’s time to celebrate!
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne announced this week that this summer’s Ozzfest will be a FREE event!!!
"This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be,” says Sharon."For the last few years, ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money; however, we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year."
To gain entry into the event, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.
Best of all, Ozzy himself will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year's main stage after surprising fans last year by performing on second stage at a selected dates. He will also be performaning songs of his upcoming album, his first disc of new material since 2001.
Wow! This is incredible news for rockers everywhere…yet it begs the question, “How the Hell are they gonna make money on this thing if not from ticket sales? Think the beer, merchandise, parking and popcorn money is enough to break even? And doesn’t the venue get most of THAT dough anyways (except for the merch, which they only take a cut of)? I wonder if Live Nation will be charging a fee for processing the ticket request, or if the Ozzy site is charging to log on to get the tickets, or what? This can’t be the summer Sharon and Ozzy throw away all their money, can it? I figured that was at least two more summer’s away!