Spurred on by last year's successful outing, organizers for Ozzfest '98 have
assembled a similarly hard-hitting attack -- featuring old favorites such as Tool,
Megadeth and Ozzy Osbourne himself, as well as newer acts, including Snot --
to romp through 16 cities this summer.
Other artists signed on to play during the 18 scheduled dates of the second
consecutive metallic onslaught with the festival's namesake, Osbourne, are
Motorhead, the Melvins, Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Coal Chamber and
The Ozzfest, which hit the streets last year with a metal-heavy lineup that
brought fans out in droves, is looking forward to another big year, according to
Doreen D'Agostino of Kathryn Schenker Associates, the firm handling the
publicity for the event.
"I think that this year, with the newer acts like Incubus, Snot and Ultraspank, will
make an even bigger difference, and then of course the addition of metal gods
Motorhead, underground legends the Melvins, that will help make it the show
of shows," D'Agostino said. "Ozzfest '98 is probably going to be even bigger
this year. There will be no survivors. This is definitely the summer of Ozz."
Guitarist Wes Borland from the skate-metal act Limp Bizkit said his band wasn't
sold on being part of this year's extravaganza until they found out that Tool were on the bill.
"We have it written in our contract with Ozzfest that every show Tool plays we
will play, but that if Tool does not play, we will not play," Borland said. "We're
doing it mainly just to tour with Tool because we want to see them play, number
one, and we'd like to hang out with those guys, and also we think their fans
might be able to understand us and what we're about."
Ozzy fans such as 24-year-old Mitch VanBeekum, who runs the
www.ozzyhead.com website, said he can hardly wait for Ozzfest to begin.
"I think this year's Ozzfest is going to be the sickest one yet. There are more
bands than ever before playing and I seem to love every one of them," gushed
VanBeekum. "I will be at the first show in the U.S. at PCN in Holmdel, N.J. Can't
wait. What else can I say?"
Ozzfest '98 Tour Dates:
July 3; Holmdel, N.J., PCN Arts Center
July 5; Holmdel, N.J., PCN Arts Center
July 7; Boston, Mass., Great Woods
July 9; Boston, Mass., Great Woods
July 11; Camden, N.J., Entertainment Center
July 12; Pittsburgh, Pa., Starlake
July 14; Akron, Ohio, Rubber Bowl
July 16; Indianapolis, Ind., Deer Creek
July 18; Minneapolis, Minn., Sommerset Park
July 19; East Troy, Wis., Alpine Valley
July 21; Columbus, Ohio, Polaris Amphitheater
July 23; Detroit, Mich., Pine Knob
July 25; St. Louis, Mo., Riverport
July 26; Kansas City, Mo., Sandstone
July 29; Orlando, Fla., Florida Fairgrounds
July 30; West Palm Beach, Fla., Coral Sky
Aug. 1; Raleigh, N.C., Walnut Creek
Aug. 2; Washington, D.C., Nissan Pavilion