Ministry Out, Soulfly In For Ozzfest

With the July 2 kick-off of Ozzfest approaching, organizers have done a bit of juggling as Ministry has left the tour, and Soulfly has assumed the band's slot.

The industrial powerhouse was to have headlined the tour's second stage, but those honors now go to Soulfly, according to spokespeople for Ozzfest and Soulfly. Representatives for the tour said there was no official word yet on why Ministry had dropped off the bill.

The lineup change means that the Tattoo The Earth tour is now in search of another act, as Soulfly has had to drop off of that outing (which kicks off in mid-July) to play Ozzfest. Soulfly made plans to hook up with Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, Nashville Pussy, and the rest of the Tattoo bill earlier this month (see "Soulfly Joins 'Tattoo' Tour, Firms Album Details"); the group now has to pull out of the trek, as the Tattoo itinerary conflicts with the Ozzfest schedule.


now joins MTV News' "You Hear It First" alums Kittie and TapRoot as well as Pitchshifter, Crazy Town, Disturbed, Primer 55, The Deadlights, Shuvel, Slaves On Dope, Reveille, and Pumpjack on the tour's second stage. Ozzy himself, Pantera, Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, Methods Of Mayhem, P.O.D., Queens Of The Stone Age, Apartment 26 will do the honors on the tour's main stage (see "Ozzy [And Jack] Tap Pantera, Godsmack, More For Ozzfest").

For Soulfly, the tour gives the band the chance to roll out new material from its upcoming album "Primitive." As we previously reported, the band got help from a few friends on the new effort, as Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Slayer's Tom Araya, the Deftones' Chino Moreno, Will Haven's Grady Avenell, and Sean Lennon all turn up on the album (see "Slipknot Joins Soulfly In Studio").