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Ozzfest Downsizing; Metallica On Board

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Posted May 13, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Well, much like the shrinking economy and the disintegration of the entire music business, Ozzfest is downsizing…A LOT….

Like Lollapalooza, instead of the traditional summer-long trek, Ozzfest will be a one-day destination festival this summer.

To be held at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas on August 9, the headliners will be Metallica (singer James Hetfield above, looking 100 years old) and Ozzy Osbourne himself. Also scheduled for the main stage are System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. There will also be a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. 

On the second stage, you'll find Sevendust, DevilDriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. Meanwhile, a third stage, dubbed the "Texas Stage," will feature local favorites the Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.

"Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour, so I think he deserves a summer off," wife/manager/overlord Sharon Osbourne said in a statement. "We're going to be a stadium destination festival for now — we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We've given everyone else the blueprint, and we have to keep evolving Ozzfest. This is just the beginning. Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played Ozzfest. We're the only real festival for harder-edge bands, and these artists have been very loyal to us — there is lots of love on this lineup."

Tickets for this year's Ozzfest will go on sale May 31.

MTV.com: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne Sign On For One-Day Ozzfest

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