March 13 [16:00 EST] -- It looks like the summer concert season will get off to a rousing start thanks to Ozzy Osbourne's Ozz Fest '97 tour which kicks off May 25 in an as yet undetermined city with a reunited Black Sabbath as its headlining act.
Yes, in addition to Ozzy, the Sabbath line-up, which has been retooled over the years, includes bassist Geezer Butler (who turned up at last year's Ozz Fest and on Ozzy's "Ozzmosis" album), original Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin (another Ozzfest veteran) filling in for original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward.
An Ozzy spokesperson said the regrouped Sabbath will play about 20 dates of the Ozz Fest tour, which includes Marilyn MansonOf course, as with any good summer festival tour, Ozz Fest boasts a second stage that will feature performances form Downset, Neurosis, and Machine Head among others.
If you can't wait until May 25, you can relive last
year's metal onslaught when Ozzie's label, Ozz Records, releases its "Ozz Fest Live" CD and video on April 29. The home versions of the Ozz Fest tour were recorded last October during the last two dates of Ozz Fest '96.