Ozzy (And Jack) Tap Pantera, Godsmack, More For Ozzfest

Some see Ozzy Osbourne as the figure that reigns supreme over his Ozzfest.

Others think Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon is the real muscle behind the tour.

However, this time around, the couple’s 14-year-old son Jack may be the true power behind Ozzfest 2000.

“Jack’s my ear to the wall,” Ozzy explained to MTV News’ Kurt Loder on Monday. “He constantly listens to this new music, and he says, ‘Dad, you should check this out. Dad, you should check this out.’ He’s always walking around with these t-shirts like System Of A Down and all this death metal and all these crazy bands. He’s my little link between me and the other people.”

With the help of Jack’s youthful exuberance, the Osbourne camp has put together an Ozzfest 2000 lineup that will see Texas metal powerhouse Pantera, Ozzfest vets Godsmack, disco death metal purveyors Static-X, Incubus, Tommy Lee’s Methods Of Mayhem,
Queens Of The Stone Age, and P.O.D. share the main stage with headliner Ozzy Osbourne.

Jack had a heavier hand in the tour’s second stage offerings, where Kittie, TapRoot, Primer 55, Shuvel, Pitchshifter, Disturbed, Crazy Town, The Deadlights, Slaves On Dope, and Pumpjack will open for second stage headliner Ministry.

All will be on board when the tour gets rolling on July 2 at West Palm Beach, Florida’s Coral Sky Amphitheater, where last year’s tour was unveiled (see “Ozzfest ’99 Stages Sweltering Kick-Off In Florida” ).

Despite his pull, there were a couple acts that Jack couldn’t land for Ozzfest 2000. “I really wanted System Of A Down. They’re my favorite band,” Jack said of the one that got away.

Fans will get to see System, as well as Ozzfest ’99 acts Primus, Slayer, Rob Zombie, and others in a documentary that will follow this year’s Ozzfest around the country. Director Penelope Spheeris has weeded through some
120 hours of footage from last year’s tour and is putting together a documentary that will roll into towns the day after Ozzfest 2000 plays at a nearby venue.

“I just keep saying to my wife, ‘It keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and I want to do other things,’” Ozzy explained. “Let’s see how this one goes. I’m one of those guys where when I’m home, I want to be out there, and when I’m out there, I want to be home. I’m never happy wherever I am. [RealVideo]

“Everything’s got to come to an end eventually,” Ozzy added. “I’d rather go out with a bang than fizzle out.”

Here’s where you can catch Ozzy and the rest of his Ozzfest in the States before the tour heads off to Europe:

  • 7/2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
  • 7/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater.
  • 7/6 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion
  • 7/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
  • 7/10 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
  • 7/12 – Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 7/14 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 7/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake Amphitheater
  • 7/18 – Columbus, OH @ Polaris
  • 7/20 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
  • 7/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Entertainment Center
  • 7/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
  • 7/26 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC
  • 7/29 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 7/30 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 8/4 – Tinley Park, IL @ The World
  • 8/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ Alpine Valley
  • 8/8 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend
  • 8/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek
  • 8/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Float Rite Park
  • 8/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Riverport
  • 8/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone
  • 8/18 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex
  • 8/20 – Baytown, TX @ Houston Raceway
  • 8/24 – Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
  • 8/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline
  • 8/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
  • 8/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert
    Sky Pavilion
  • 9/2 – San Bernadino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavilion